London 1st, February 2007 - Bridgeman Education announces that it is to become a lead content partner with the Global Grid for Learning, a new global initiative of Cambridge University Press.
Global Grid for Learning (www.globalgridforlearning.com)is a subscription-based website and web service providing validated and copyright-cleared educational content to schools and teachers worldwide. It brings together a range of suppliers from publishing and technology, including American Education Corporation,Bridgeman Art Library, Cambridge University Press, Channel 4,Microsoft, SMART Technologies and many others.
Global Grid for Learning subscribers will be able to search, preview and download hundreds of thousands of digital images managed by Bridgeman Education from some 2000 of the world's leading museums, galleries and artists. This unparalleled collection of resources can be licensed as part of the main Global Grid for Learning library subscription or as a discrete library from £250 per annum. http://bridgeman.globalgridforlearning.com will be available from January 2007 onwards, although Global Grid for Learning will not formally launch until the second half of 2007, following the running of trial sites in the first half of the year.
"We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Cambridge University Press for many years supplying images for textbooks but this is a truly new venture for both of us and we are excited about its potential," said Pandora Mather-Lees, Deputy Managing Director of the Bridgeman Art Library. "There are many cases where teachers and pupils need more than prepared lessons delivered to them - they simply need quick access to a picture of, say Shakespeare or a scene or character from one of his plays or other personages such as political leaders from history - this resource helps them do just this."
Global Grid for Learning aims to offer the best value to teachers, schools and local authorities wishing to access the widest selection of learning resources in a manner convenient to them. The UK website can be accessed at www.globalgridforlearning.co.uk where visitors are invited to register for the pre-launch trial. It is also available as a Web Service for integration into third party software platforms. The relationship with Bridgeman Education draws on The Bridgeman Art Library's rich database of 200,000 images from 8000 locations. It gives teachers and schools the rights to a vast number of images for classroom display, coursework, lesson preparation, student projects and general reference. Whilst the emphasis is on art, history and culture, there is substantial coverage of the whole curriculum and it complements standard textbooks, ensuring consistency and convenience.
"Global Grid for Learning is key strategic initiative for CambridgeUniversity Press as it moves forward," said John Tuttle, Executive Director of the Education Group at Cambridge University Press. "We are delighted to extend our relationship with Bridgeman and to make their unparalleled image collection available through Global Grid for Learning. We believe access to learning resources such as Bridgeman's images can enhance the learning experience at school and at home for students in the UK and around the world."
About Cambridge University Press:
Cambridge University Press is a leading global publisher of the finest academic and educational writing from around the world. A department ofthe University of Cambridge, its purpose is to further the University's objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning and research.Cambridge University Press is one of the key partners in the development of Global Grid for Learning.
About Bridgeman Art Library:
Bridgeman Education is a division of The Bridgeman Art Library, the world's leading source of fine art images for the creative industries and picture editors. Founded by Harriet Bridgeman in 1972, it has grown to cover every subject, style and era from cave painting to contemporary art. Museums represented include such renowned names as the British Museum and the British Library, the National Galleries of Scotland, Sweden and South Africa and the Hamburg Kunsthalle. Notable American collections have joined the Bridgeman Art Library including the Harvard Art Museums, Yale Center for British Art, the museums of Detroit, Houston and Phoenix together with the renowned Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of new images are catalogued every week and thousands more images are available through Bridgeman's global network of picture agencies. The Library also acts as copyright agent to growing number of artists and artists' estates, greatly simplifying the licensing process for image users.
For more information see: http://bridgeman.globalgridforlearning.com
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