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FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System)

FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System)

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. PLEASE NOTE: FADIS is in the process of being decomissioned, and the departmental and university image collections moved to JSTOR Forum in late 2022. More details to follow.


To use FADIS, you will need a UTORid and password. We are more than happy to assist you in using FADIS. We are available for one-on-one, in-person consultations (SS6031A) or on the phone at 416-946-3961 or email Nicholas Westbridge.

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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:

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