The Navigating.art platform uses agents in archive, catalogue, and publication entries as a way to connect people and corporate bodies to resources and works of art. In this article, you learn how to create agents on the Navigating.art platform.
On the Navigating.art-platform, agents can represent persons, corporate bodies such as museums or institutions, and other parties relevant for documentation. You can use them in various contexts and assign specific roles to them. For example, you can link a curator or an institution to an exhibition, an author to a publication, or an auction house to an auction.
There are two ways to create agents: You can create them manually or import them from the Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN). To learn how to import an agent, follow the tutorial about importing agents from the Getty ULAN. Creating agents manually is only necessary in case you can't find the relevant record in the Getty ULAN or prefer to create your own custom agent.
1. Click + Create Agent
On the agent overview view page, find the button + Create Agent in the top right corner.
2. Select Create agent
A dialog opens. You can choose between importing or creating an agent. Click create agent tab.
3. Select an agent type
Click in the field type and select a type from the drop down options. If you are unsure which type to choose, you can select the option Unknown.
4. Add the agent's main name
The main name is the primary name and is displayed for the agent’s entry. After creating an agent, you can add additional names for them. When linking an agent in a specific reference, you can choose to display either their main or any additional name.
5. Confirm with Save
6. Add additional information
Once you have created the agent, the new detail page opens. Here you can add additional information, such as descriptive information about the agent and place of birth and death if the agent is a person.
If you are starting from the beginning, check out the article about What are agents
An alternate way of creating agents is to import records from the Getty ULAN
Make sure to check your list of agents before creating new entries! If you come across duplicate entries created by accident, you can easily merge them as shown in the tutorial about consolidating duplicate agents.
Last updated: September 12, 2023