Art Authority is a great app for a number of reasons, with the most recent one being Apple’s new iPad and its retina display. There’s also of course all the classic works of art themselves, for which we can also take no credit. But we can (and do) take credit for the professionally designed rooms in which the works are displayed, and for the user interface and features of the app. Most of these elements are documented elsewhere, such as in the User’s Guide.

What’s not really documented anywhere, until now, is the critical set of technologies that really make Art Authority tick. How does Art Authority really give you, the user, access to those 50,000+ works (and 10GB) of art?

In part 1 of “Art Authority Technologies,” we thought we’d provide a quick overview of some of those key technologies. Then, in subsequent blog entries, we’ll go into more detail on each of them. So here’s the initial list:

  • The Art Authority database. An industry-standard SQL collection of the “metadata” and images for each of the 1000+ artists, 500+ locations, 500+ keywords and 50,000+ works of art.
  • Art Near Me. The combination of app- and server-based technologies that quickly scan the entire database to determine the set of works that best convey the availability of art near your current location.
  • Art Like This. An advanced set of art analysis and classification techniques combined with server-side technologies that result in selection of the seemingly magically-derived set of works from the database that most closely match the one you are currently looking at. 
  • SmArt Resolution. A combination of low- and high-technology coordination techniques between the app and the database that provide you with the most appropriate resolution image in the least amount of time and using the least amount of bandwidth possible.

Much more on each of these important items soon!