Museums and the Web 2005
Speakers: Speaker Biography
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Speakers from around the world present their latest work at MW2005.

Jennifer Trant

Archives & Museum Informatics
158 Lee Avenue
Toronto ON
M4E 2P3 Canada

Jennifer Trant is a Partner in Archives & Museum Informatics. She is co-chair of the Museums and the Web and ichim conference series, and has served on the program committee of the Joint Digital Libraries conference, reviewed papers for the Computing in the Humanities conferences and served on the Board of the Media and Technology Committee of the American Association of Museums. Trant is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies, where she has co-taught a graduate course in Digital Heritage.

She served as the Executive Director of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) from 1997-2004. Prior to joining Archives & Museum Informatics in 1997, Jennifer Trant was responsible for Collections and Standards Development at the Arts and Humanities Data Service, King's College, London, England. She was Editor-in-Chief of Archives and Museum Informatics: the cultural heritage informatics quarterly from Kluwer Academic Publishers. As Director of Arts Information Management, she consulted regarding the application of technology to the mission of art galleries and museums. Clients included the Getty Information Institute (then the Getty Art History Information Program) for whom she managed the Imaging Initiative and directed the activities of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project (MESL), and the Art Information Task Force (AITF) - a joint project of the College Art Association and AHIP - whose report entitled Categories for the Description of Works of Art she prepared in 1994. A specialist in arts information management, Trant has worked with automated documentation systems in major Canadian museums, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, where she developed and implemented common cataloguing standards for the Prints and Drawings, Photographs, and Archives Collections. She has been actively involved in the definition of museum data standards, participating in numerous committees and regularly publishing articles and presenting papers about issues of access and intellectual integration. Her research interests center around the use information technology and communications networks to improve access to cultural heritage information, and to integrate the culture fully into digital libraries for research, learning and enjoyment.

Jennifer will chair Crit Room - Session 1.
Jennifer will chair Crit Room - Session 2.