VADS (formerly an initialism for Visual Arts Data Service) is a UK organisation that provides digital images and other visual arts resources free and copyright cleared for use in UK higher education and further education. It has provided services to the academic community since 3 March 1997, and has built up a portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images. VADS is based at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham.
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As a result of these projects, over 13,000 images have been made available online via the website of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
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The Visual Arts Data Service was officially launched on 3rd March 1997 when the full-time VADS officer began in post.
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