Eleanor E. Fink

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Eleanor E. Fink

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Short Bio

Eleanor E. Fink is an International Art and Technology Advisor working with the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at University of Southern California (USC). She also serves as a Senior Philanthropy Advisor for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. Her career spans the non-profit philanthropic and cultural heritage communities and multi-lateral development.

With ISI she is developing art and museum applications based on the Linked Open Data Cloud.
At the World Bank and International Finance Corporation she provides staff with guidance on how to establish partnerships within the philanthropic community.

Previously she served as the point person at the World Bank for relations with public and private foundations. During her tenure she established several international partnerships and helped launch a World Bank wide community foundation initiative that explores the concept of establishing indigenous foundations in developing countries. She also coordinated the establishment of the Development Gateway Foundation (www.dgfoundation.org) as a 501 c (3). The Foundation’s core mission is to reduce poverty and support sustainable development through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Prior to the World Bank she was Director of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Information Institute (GII) where she led the development of information policies and standards needed to manage and protect cultural assets. She positioned the Getty Information Institute around the concept of universal access to art and images and promoted the concept of “interworkability” within and across arts, humanities, and cultural heritage organizations. She conceived and launched Object ID — an internationally recognized information standard that protects and helps recover stolen art objects. Object ID is used and endorsed by UNESCO, ICOM, and Interpol, as well as several cultural heritage organizations and museums, national police and insurance agencies. She established Los Angeles Culture Net — a web based gateway to the arts across the greater Los Angeles area and American Strategy —a digital gateway to art collections across Federal agencies in Washington, DC. Under her leadership GII also produced the “Getty Vocabularies” essential information standards and vocabulary tools used today by art museums around the world.

Before joining the J. Paul Getty Trust, she was Chief of the Office of Research Support and later Assistant Director at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art where she directed several research projects. She established SOS: Save Outdoor Sculpture, a highly successful national arts program that engages volunteers in recording historical and physical condition information about sculptures located in parks, towns, and cities throughout the United States.


Board of Directors, Iraqi Women’s Fellowship Foundation
Advisory Board, Digital Daya Policy Council, Digital Daya, Dubai, UAE
International Advisory Committee
, Aspen Institute‘s Global Initiative on Arts, Culture, and Society
Advisory Council
, Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology
Editorial Board, Alliance-a Journal on Philanthropy
Member Art Table (organization of women leaders in the arts)
Past President, Visual Resources Association and Museum Computer Network

Interest in LODLAM

Applications of LOD are relatively new for the art museum community. We are interested in sharing and exchanging information and will provide the tools we have devised for our project to others. We are particuarly interested in learning about the experience of others and what applications of LOD interest them.


Museum, Humanities, Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

The Information Sciences Institute at USC is working with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to convert and connect 44, 000 of the museum's object records to the LOD Cloud.

Once completed the museums data will be connected to a digital library of art information in an easily searchable, seamless format. ISI is applying several new tools such as KARMA that enable easier conversion to LOD. These tools will work with any museum’s databases, and they will be made available for free to the museum community.

We are adding American art data from several additional museums to conduct a proof of concept about LOD's value added to art research. Up to now most museum have created stand alone websites. But when LOD is applied, one is able to search across different museum websites thereby making access to art information easier.

We see the project serving as a model for other museums and institutions and are interested in sharing and exchanging information within the growing LOD community.


Information Sciences Institute, USC