what is panOpticon?

It is a dream tool –

We have been working with panOpticon for a few years in the compilation of
the Sam Francis catalogue raisonné of unique works on paper 
and can’t imagine a more perfect system for this process.

Debra Burchett-Lere
Director / Interim President, Sam Francis Foundation
Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné

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panOpticon is an intuitive Content Management System specifically designed to create a catalogue raisonné.

Our Software follows cataloguing best practices as recommended by leading members of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association we refer to the Visual Resources Association guidelines for describing cultural works and images we use The Chicago Manual of Style as a guide in formatting texts.

And we work continuously with professional art cataloguers to improve and update our product’s features and protocols.

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 panOpticon is behind these catalogues –

Paul Cézanne
Mary Cassatt
Arthur Dove
Arshile Gorky
Edwin Dickinson
Fitz Henry Lane
Lyonel Feininger
Sam Francis
Roy Lichtenstein
John F. Folinsbee
David Smith
Kay Sage
George Inness
Jan Brueghel
Joaquín Torres-García
Alfred Munnings
Peter Campus
John Singer Sargent
Jack Tworkov

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  • Our Software is web-based, so it can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection.
  • Since the Software resides online and is accessed through an ordinary web browser, no particular system requirements are needed.
  • Only one License is necessary.
  • The Software is password protected with different levels of access for other users that are entirely under your control.
  • Depending on what you need, we have three different Software packages to choose from.
  • If you have data, we can convert and migrate yours to fit our database structure. We convert most data formats. You lose nothing in the process.
  • We can work with you to modify our product to meet the demands of a specific artist or to accommodate a particular kind of content.
  • We don’t host your catalogue; our customers purchase a web-hosting package with an outside vendor if they don’t already have one. We can walk you through the process. When you’re ready, we upload the Software and the database with its new contents to your host server.
  • The web host regularly backs up your database. Some hosts charge a little extra, but most include backups in the price. We make sure that backups are running periodically. If you ever need a previous version of the database reinstalled, we can do that for you, or let you know how it can be done within the web-host’s site.
  • We can help you register a domain name if you don’t already have one.
  • We will train your staff, interns, and anyone else who will be using the Software in on-site and/or remote tutorials.
  • Call for assistance during regular business hours, or get support via email. Apart from whatever support you need from us, there’s no need for IT involvement—it’s an entirely do-it-yourself enterprise!
  • And when you are ready, you can use your data to design for print, or we can work with you to create a website that takes full advantage of your content.

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Seeing is believing: arrange for an online demonstration.

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