Eleanor Fink
Founder, American Art Collaborative
American Art Collaborative

Eleanor E. Fink has held senior positions at the Smithsonian, J. Paul Getty Trust, and World Bank. She is the founder of the Getty vocabulary program and a founding director of the Getty Center where she oversaw the Getty’s flagship scholarly art history research databases including the Census of Antique Art and Architecture Known to the Renaissance; the Bibliography of the History of Art; and the Provenance Index. While Director of the Getty Information Institute she positioned GII around the concept of universal access to art information and promoted collaboration across institutions. The National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), Getty Vocabularies, Categories for the Description of Works of Art, and Object ID are some of the products of her leadership. Most recently she initiated and manages the American Art Collaborative, a Linked Open Data initiative that brings together 13 U.S. museums interested in establishing seamless access across their collection data on American art.

Eleanor serves on several advisory committees including the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and the EU funded Marie Curie Research Program on Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH). She is the former director of the Museum Computer Network and former President of the Visual Resources Association. eleanorfink@earthlink.703-528-7132