VADS collects, catalogues, manages, preserves, and encourages the re-use of digital resources created by, and of relevance to, the visual arts education community. These resources may originate in higher education institutions as well as museums, galleries and cultural heritage organisations who are developing digital resources in need of archiving. We invite members of the community, who are creating digital resources, to consider depositing these resources with VADS.
In the first instance, you should contact the depositing advice team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01252 892723. We will be able to talk you through the process of depositing your data and advise on suitable formats for deposit.
Along with your deposit, you will need to complete and return the following:
Preservation of valuable research data
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by depositing a copy of your resource with VADS. Electronic data is particularly vulnerable to loss, damage or obsolescence.
Dissemination and access
Letting others have access to your data facilitates communication within the visual arts community, enhancing the reputation of your organisation and leading to the crossfertilisation of ideas which results in scholarly excellence.
Application of professional cataloguing standards
Your resource will be mapped to the VADS catalogue headings which are based on the VRA Core, a data standard for the description of works of visual culture, developed by the Visual Resources Association (VRA). This will mean that your data can be accessed by others in a meaningful and consistent manner which will maximise the value of deposited resources.
All the VADS datasets will undergo a rigorous process of review by subject specialists. This will mean that the VADS holdings will be recognised as a body of material of a high scholarly quality.
Making a contribution
Depositing your data with VADS is a clear investment in the future of the scholarly community in the visual arts. The constraints on resources over the last few years are a clear reality for most scholars. Therefore it is especially important to ensure the longevity of existing resources and to encourage and facilitate their reuse for the visual arts community.