Eleanor E. Fink is Director of the Getty Information Institute, one of the six operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Information Institute works to enhance worldwide access to cultural heritage information by means of information technology by pursuing programs of standards and resource development, advocacy and education, and demonstration projects.
Prior to assuming the role of acting director of the Information Institute in 1993, Fink served as the Institute's Program Manager for Information Standards and Services. Before coming to the Getty, she was an Assistant Director at the National Museum of American Art, responsible for the Office of Research Resources, the museum's Library, the Registrar's Office, and the Office of Administration.
As Director of the Information Institute, Ms. Fink has convened leaders of the international cultural heritage community to foster consensus on a documentation standard that will facilitate the interchange of information among agencies interested in protecting art objects from illicit traffic. She also started the Institute's Imaging Initiative to address issues related to the use of digital images in the arts and humanities.
As part of its work to ensure that the arts and humanities has a strong presence on emerging information networks, the Institute, together with the Coalition for Networked Information and the American Council of Learned Societies, produced the report, Humanities and Arts on the Information Highways: A Profile, September, 1994.
Last year, Ms. Fink launched the Los Angeles Culture Net Initiative. In collaboration with cultural and educational entities throughout Los Angeles, the project is exploring the opportunities for building meaningful digital communities on rapidly evolving communication networks.
Copyright Archives & Museum Informatics, 1997
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