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Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web | Video on TED.com

May 19, 2011

Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that.

via Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web | Video on TED.com.

Amit Sood is a Group Marketing Manager for Google; he’s worked with the Android team in Mountain View and has led marketing efforts for Google’s GEO products. His passion for art led him to initiate a “20 percent time” project to bring museums onto the web — which turned into the ambitious new Art Project. He writes:

It started when a small group of us who were passionate about art got together to think about how we might use our technology to help museums make their art more accessible — not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close.

We’re also lucky here to have access to technology like Picasa and App Engine and to have colleagues who love a challenge — like building brand-new technology to enable Street View to go indoors!

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