The Getty's Digital Art History Lab (Day 1)
Tweets and links from day 1 of the Digital #ArtHistory convened by Murtha Baca at the Getty Research Institute.
- The Lab brought together some 30 scholars from art history and allied fields, including software development, library science, digitization, data management, and intellectual property law.
- Diane Zorich, author of a pioneering Kress Foundation report on the state of art history and technology, began the day with an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing art historians in the digital age.
- Diane addressed the many disruptions shaking the field of art history -- disruptions in reward systems (like tenure and publication), in methodology, and in working method, among others.
- Johanna Drucker of UCLA continued with a fascinating and blazing-fast overview of where digital humanities projects stand now. She called for a focus on portals and platforms over projects, which are already numerous and varied in quality. Some examples:
- The Perseus Digital Library. Truly a classic:
- Scholars of the 19th century have their own portal, NINES:
- Johanna made the point that many digital humanities sites (especially those long in the tooth) are, frankly, ugly. By contrast, a new site, Mapping French Gothic, is a model of beauty and functionality. It's also highly accessible to non-specialists.
- Another approach: the Jan Brueghel Wiki invites scholars to build a collaborative online catalogue raisonné (requires login):
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