As the Future of Art Bibliography initiative leader and a key research partner, the Research Institute led a collaboration with artlibraries.net, an international working community of more than 100 art libraries from 16 countries, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to develop a new catalogue that offers an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat environment. Launched in May 2014, the Art Discovery Group Catalogue makes art library catalogues searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of online journals and databases, promising more relevant research results on a global scale. Currently the new catalogue includes the holdings of 60 art libraries from Australia, Europe, Japan, and North America. Additional art libraries will join the initiative over time, and particular attention will be devoted to recruiting libraries in other areas of the world.
The Getty Research Institute collaborates with ARTstor to share metadata, enhancing the discoverability of images in ARTstor and expanding the coverage of artist names and works of art in the Getty Vocabularies. In addition, the Research Institute continues to make images available in ARTstor and through ARTstor's Images for Academic Publishing service, which provides free download of high-resolution images for scholarly use. ARTstor users can find images from Research Institute collections, including the Alexander Liberman Photography Archive, the Julius Shulman Photography Archive, and Study Photographs of Tapestries.
A longstanding partnership between the Research Institute and the Census allows for the development and maintenance of an interdisciplinary research database containing documentation centering on the classical tradition, a focus of Renaissance studies. Antique monuments known during the Renaissance are registered together with related Renaissance documents in the form of texts and images, as well as related information about locations, people, periods, and bibliographic data.
The Research Institute is now a content hub partner in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national platform for the discovery, exhibition, dating, and geo-mapping of information and knowledge resources including books, maps, photographs, works of art, and other cultural heritage objects. The project aggregates metadata from libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations across the United States. The Research Institute contributes digitized books from its own collections as well as a wide range of digitized special collections including thousands of photographs. DPLA currently provides access to millions of objects and is growing daily.
By collaborating with other art research libraries internationally, the Research Institute facilitates art-historical research within the world's "collective art-historical collection." Five years ago the Institute began the international Future of Art Bibliography (FAB) initiative, a project that has led to complementary and collaborative initiatives with the shared goal of making art-historical literature in its many formats more readily accessible to scholars worldwide. Two projects that grew from the FAB initiative are the Getty Research Portal and the Art Discovery Group Catalogue.
The Getty Research Portal is a free online search platform providing unified global access to digitized art history texts. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalogue, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. Developed in collaboration with four other founding institutions—Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, Frick Art Reference Library, Heidelberg University Library, and the Institut national d'histoire de l'art—the Portal has a growing list of contributors. While recruiting new contributors, the Research Institute is looking beyond the traditional boundaries of European and American art history to identify libraries with strong holdings in non-Western areas that might contribute to the Portal.
The Research Institute has a formal collaboration agreement with the Institut national d'histoire d'art in Paris. Currently the two institutes work together on library initiatives including the Getty Research Portal, on provenance research projects, and on digital art history projects such as Digital Montagny, which was researched and edited online using the Getty Scholars' Workspace. Staff from both institutes share personnel to further their respective knowledge in their mutual fields of interest and expertise.
The Research Institute partnered with the Kunstbibliothek Berlin to unify virtually the papers of architect Erich Mendelsohn and his wife, Luise. The Institute catalogued hundreds of letters and photographs from its collection of Luise's archives to add to the Erich Mendelsohn papers owned by the Kunstbibliothek Berlin. The Kunstbibliothek published a website that enables researchers to discover and use both collections simultaneously.