The Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS) is a collaborative online database management system (currently eight sites at U of T and across Canada) of more than 150,000 works of art from virtually every period, culture, and discipline. An important teaching and research tool, it includes still images, sound, and video. FADIS is responsive and timely—images can be made available quickly and efficiently. Its content is largely tailored to current teaching and research needs, but it also constitutes a valuable image archive. FADIS also provides teaching and review tools for classroom presentation and study, as well as offering personal image storage and use.
Although FADIS is now run from Information Technology Services (ITS) in Robarts Library, it was originally developed in the Department of Art History, and virtually all scanning and cataloguing take place at sites such as Image Services. The FADIS Information Architect is Gordon Belray, ITS, Robarts Library.
Image scanning and cataloguing takes place at three sites at U of T: