Linda Colet, President and Founder
Daopoint Digital, LLC
· M.A. Art History, Hunter College, City University of New York, June 1996
· B.A. Art History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, May 1988
7/04 – present : President and Founder, DaoPoint Digital
· Client Projects (past and current):
o Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (Arts Division), Hartford, CT (March 2008 – present)
§ Developed a digital plan to improve online accessibility to the Arts Division’s programs. The project focused on recommending the necessary tools to help staff communicate with their constituents through digital means (i.e., online grant application processes, online searchable databases, etc.); and strategizing how to improve data collection methods to inform future programs.
o Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (July 2008 – October 2008)
§ Developed an implementation plan to digitize up to 15,000 works on paper from the Museum’s collection. Established practices for archival and technical imaging standards, workflow procedures, resource needs, and technology infrastructure requirements to prepare for digitization.
o Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY (July 2004 – December 2007)
§ Performed a thorough investigation of current and future digitization needs for both image capture and cataloguing. Implemented a total digitization workflow between imaging services, Registrar, IT, Publications, and the web, to ensure that the digital images and associated catalogued data could be used for multiple purposes. Current work is focused on improved data scrubbing strategies to maximize search capabilities and outlining next steps and long-term plans for the digitization project.
o Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (Feb – July 2007)
§ Developed a needs assessment to identify a new art collections management system, digital workflows, centralized an exhibition workflow process, and identified IT infrastructure needs to support these functions.
o Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust , New York, NY (May 2006 – April 07)
§ Implemented a new art collections management system (TMS by Gallery Systems). Assessed the legacy database and prepared documentation to ensure a smooth transition to a new system. Managed the mapping and conversion process, vendor relations; and advised on IT issues and post-conversion data cleanup needs.
o New Museum, New York, NY (December 2006)
§ Strategize and planned for the Museum’s future content management system. Conducted brainstorming sessions with staff to identify immediate issues that will prepare the Museum for an eventual enterprise wide search system. Identified text and image standards to facilitate sharing across the staff network.
o Sikorsky Archives, Stratford, CT (Feb – April 2006)
§ Reviewed archival source materials in the Sikorsky collection (i.e. slides, transparencies, prints, letters, archival papers, etc.) and how they are currently organized. Outlined short and long-term access goals for the Archive (e.g., searchable database in the short-term, and digitization and preservation goals for the long-term). Recommended searchable database options to improve access to the Archives’ holdings.
o The Print Research Foundation, Stamford, CT (May – October 2005)
§ Implemented a new art collections management system (TMS by Gallery Systems). Managed the mapping, conversion, and configuration of the collections management system; Organized data to maximize search and retrieval capabilities; developed data style guidelines; advised on pre and post conversion data cleanup strategies. Developed image standards for capturing, editing and archiving.
9/02 – 5/04 : Manager for Information Standards, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
· Strategize a high-level plan to create data consistency across seventeen curatorial departments.
· Developed and implemented data standards for the Greek & Roman department. Worked with curators to plan and strategize for their Study Center public access terminals.
1/98 – 8/02: Senior Manager for Collection and Exhibition Technologies, The Museum of Modern Art
· Led the implementation of a new collections and exhibitions management system from conception to completion. Managed the complete system lifecycle (developed a museum-wide needs analysis, implemented data standards, organized data cleanup efforts, created a support staff, monitored budgets, managed vendor relations, and rolled-out the system museum-wide).
· Created and implemented an extensive data cleanup to standardize cataloguing information across departments. Managed a staff to cleanup tens of thousands of data records in core fields (e.g. artist name, title, date, dimensions, etc.).
10/96 – 1/98: Catalogue Project Manager, Photography Department, The Museum of Modern Art
· Established a pioneering project to create the first direct digital studio for successful publications output and long-term archival use. Managed the complete system lifecycle (developed a museum-wide needs analysis, performed R&D analysis, implemented image standards, monitored budgets, managed vendor relations, and rolled-out the system museum-wide).
· Managed a team of people from Imaging Services, Publications, Conservation, and curatorial departments to ensure the direct digital model expanded to all other museum collections.
· Created imaging standards (file size/formats, color controls, and workflow issues) to ensure digital files could be used for multiple access projects (collections management system, public access kiosks, websites, and publications).
· Developed a collections-based interactive kiosk for the Photography collection, in collaboration with Curatorial, Education, New Media and Information System departments. Planned the prototype development, technical needs, and integration with other museum technologies to ensure long-term use of the application.
6/96 – 10/96: Senior Associate, Gallery Systems, Inc.
· Consulted with national and international museums on how software designed by Gallery Systems could provide a solution to museum’s art collections management needs. Provided sales assistance and computer troubleshooting, to clients.
9/88 – 5/96: Asst. Curator / Registrar, The Reader’s Digest Corporate Art Collection
· Led the project to design an imaging and bar-coding system for the Reader’s Digest art collection (8,000 objects). Managed the complete system lifecycle (developed the functional and technical requirements, managed an on-site and remote technical team through data conversion, initiated support and training for staff, and maintained on-going development of the system).
· Couriered art shipments and supervised security controls at museums and airports for the transport of the Reader’s Digest art collection to local and international sites Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, and Mexico). Coordinated the packing, shipping, un-packing, and installation of the works.
· Managed a docent program of 25 tour guides (e.g. organized brochure information, trained docents, and provided tours). Provided tours for domestic and international guests ranging from the general public to high level politicians and executives.
· General applications: Microsoft Project, HTML, ACCESS, Excel, Photoshop, PC and MAC platforms
· Industry specific applications: The Museum System for Windows, Gallery Systems (art collections management system); Knowledge of high end digital technology (scanners and cameras) and associated technical requirements (hardware, software, file formatting issues, color management, etc.)
· Implement large scale technology projects relating to art collections management, digital imaging, and data standardization. Strategize, collaborate, and coordinate with multiple parties (museum directors, curators, educators, photographers, IT staff, and vendors).
· Strategize the coordination of the technical components to support projects. Implement plans for the creation, distribution and archival maintenance of text and image data. Manage image storage issues locally; via internal networks and for off-site archival storage. Plan, test and implement the creation of an image archive that can be re-purposed for art collections management systems, public access kiosks, and publications.
· Plan and monitor million dollar budgets to implement successful projects from conception to completion. Responsible for meeting budget targets, and working within a concise timetable.
after slides: Stepping up to Digital Images (panel discussion)
Sponsored by ARTTABLE and College Art Association. Hosted at Solomon R. Guggenheim, March 7, 2005. ARTTABLE Presentation
guide and entry rules for the Collections and Exhibitions Management System,
The Museum of Modern Art (internal publication)
Museum of Modern Art, NY, October 2001
an Imaging Project (publication)
Guide to Quality in Visual Resource Imaging, July 2000 http://www.rlg.org/visguides/visguide1.html
Artwork for Interactivity. A Semiotic Approach to Educational Hypermedia in a
Museum Environment (lecture and publication)
In Proceedings of the EDICT 2000 Conference, pages 323–329, Vienna, Austria, 12 2000. OCG http://edict.ocg.at/
and exhibitions management systems and their digital resources (lecture)
Central & Eastern European Museum Professionals Workshop, November 10, 1999, NY
for Digital Imaging Conference (Co-chair)
Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, May 1998, The Museum of Modern Art, NY http://www.eva-conferences.com/eva/newyork/newwen.htm
the Digital Archive: The Practical Use of Images
Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, May 1998, The Museum of Modern Art, NY http://www.eva-conferences.com/eva/newyork/newy.htm
a multi-purpose digital archive (lecture)
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Conference, November 13, 1998, New Jersey
digital imaging projects (workshop)
Museum Computer Network Conference, September 23, 1998, California http://www.mcn.edu/MCN98/workshops_morning.html
Evolution of the Art Historian: Using New Technologies to Automate Art
Professional Profile Series: Christie’s Auction House, January 12, 1998, New York
photographic collections: Digitizing Photographic Collections: A Case Study at
the Museum of Modern Art, NY (lecture)
Presented at the Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts Conference, The Louvre Museum: Paris, September 2, 1997, Spectra 25 (no. 2, 1997): 22-27.
Strategies for digitizing photographic collections: The Museum of Modern Art
Imaging Science and Technology Conference, May 1997, Cambridge, MA
Seurat: Color Theory in his early paintings (publication)
Masters thesis, March 1996, Hunter,College, NY
a web prototype for exhibition planning (lecture)
National Association for Corporate Art Management, November 1994, NY
an art collection through bar-coding and imaging (lecture)
National Association for Corporate Art Management, November 1994, NY
and imaging: A case study of the Reader’s Digest Art Collection (publication
Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, July 1994, London
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