Links Round-up June 29, 2015

I know Monday is an odd day for a links round-up, but there were a few big things that came out recently that I wanted to be sure to share.

caa.reviews published its first essay in their new Digital Humanities and Art History coverage. Written by Field Editor Pamela Fletcher, it provides a very gentle introduction and highlights a selection of projects, most of which should be familiar to you if you’ve been keeping up. Perhaps it is a style decision, but since the essay was online and concerning online materials, I would have appreciated inline links to the described projects. That said, there are plenty of links to projects and helpful articles in the end notes. I am curious to see if, in future installments, this coverage sounds less tentative and reflects a studier embrace of the digital. (This is my own opinion. What was your impression?)

-The International Journal for Digital Art History published issue #1 online June 26, 2015. All articles are available for free download and a good place to start might be “Debating Digital Art History” by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, who asks the question, “Am I a Digital Humanist or a Digital Art Historian or, simply, an Art Historian?” A call for articles for issue #2 has a deadline of August 15, 2015. The exciting theme is Visualizing Big Image Data.

Links Round-up June 15, 2015

  • The latest issue of ARTL@S Bulletin is overflowing with fantastic information about a variety of mapping and spatially-related digital art history. Articles are available for free download.
  • Students of Miriam Posner (@miriamkp on Twitter) examined the Getty Provenance Index for their capstone project in UCLA’s Digital Humanities program. Some of you may remember Getty’s Christian Huemer presenting to ARLIS2013 on his work with the GPI. The student projects and accompanying articles are really interesting and worth exploring.
  • @nypl_labs tweeted about another group of students from UC Berkeley I School who put the NYPL Menu Project through a bunch of data visualizations to great results.
  • It may not meet some definitions of digital humanities, but the case of the Rothko Harvard Murals (1963) gets a good discussion here on greg.org.

Art History DH Summer Institutes

Following the Getty Foundation-supported summer institutes is a great way to increase your exposure to digital humanities tools, projects, and discussion. Use #doingdah15 to follow along on Twitter where posting frequency is sure to be high.

James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, talks about the Getty’s commitment to modernizing research and scholarship in this article from April, 2014.

Getting started

There are so many resources on the internet to help you learn about digital humanities (see the Reading Lists page). This blog hopes to serve as a way finder, pointing you towards new projects and opportunities, and fostering the community of our DH SIG.

For this post, I will share a couple of my favorite resources for getting your thoughts started about digital humanities projects.

The go-to for many, myself certainly included, is Miriam Posner’s How Did They Make That? blog post from 2013. Posner, coordinator of the DH program at UCLA, breaks down some typical project types, identifies what made them possible, and what you need to know. The post spawned a Zotero library and even a video (a master class in DH, if you will).

Another great read that will give you a less technical overview of the big picture of taking on DH projects is Page Morgan’s How to Get a Digital Humanities Project Off the Ground. Morgan gives clear, useful advice that comes from experience.