March 18, 2019

The Getty Joins CENIC's Broadband Network to Speed Transmission of Scientific Data and Digitized Artwork

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La Mirada, CA & Los Angeles, CA: March 18, 2019 – The Getty has joined CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity computer network serving the vast majority of academic institutions across California. The move will provide the Getty with 10 times the capacity of its previous connection.

          The Getty is the world’s largest arts institution, conducting research and conservation all over the world. Joining CENIC, at 10 gigabits per second, will greatly improve speed and capacity, enabling the Getty and its partners to better share the tremendous amount of scientific data, digitized artworks, and vast research databases that scholars, scientists, curators, and researchers all over the world use every day.

          “Getty scholars and scientists are delighted to join their academic colleagues on CENIC,” said Rich Fagen, vice president and chief digital officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “We receive more than four million queries a year from scholars all over the world, and CENIC will make a measurable difference in the Getty’s work and the work of its partners.”

           CENIC connectivity will improve access to more than 150,000 digitized artworks that the Getty makes available online, more than three million records in the Getty Vocabularies, and another two million records in the Getty Provenance Index. The new 10-Gbps connection will also enhance the Getty’s ability to share the large multi-spectral and 3D datasets produced by its advanced digitization efforts.

          “Bandwidth should never constrain the work of California’s scientific, arts, and cultural organizations,” said Louis Fox, CENIC president and CEO. “The Getty is now part of a network that links 12,000 research and education organizations within California to tens of thousands of research and education institutions around the globe — a fiber network and, equally important, a human network."


About the Getty
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. For more information, visit

CENIC connects California to the world — advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s public libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, the Naval Postgraduate School, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California. For more information, visit


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