It’s been a few weeks since the last post and there are a lot of exciting things to cover.
MoMA on Github
One of the most exciting things that happened in July, as far as the world of art and dh is concerned, is the release of MoMA’s collection data on Github. This data is a complete representation of all accessioned works (the museum’s website only includes half of the 120,000 object collection.) MoMA’s Digital Content and Strategy Manager, Fiona Romeo, wrote on blogging platform/publisher Medium about the motivation to join the ranks of museums with open collection data. And for data and art nerds, as if the release of this information isn’t enough, there has already been an in-gallery performance of the data by the Elevator Repair Service, conceived of by MoMA artists-in-residence, The Office for Creative Research. (Watch the video clip below. Warning: the language, which all comes from the museum’s collection, is not workplace friendly at the beginning.) If you just don’t feel a thrill at the idea of a 120k row .csv document, read this blog post by Jer Thorp of The Office for Creative Research who manages to write about the data release with a real sense of beauty and inspiration.
You may notice that the two blog posts linked in the previous paragraph are on the blogging platform Medium. Started by Twitter founded Evan Williams, Medium is a blog and publishing platform made for writers with a minimal and clean interface and a friendly format for longer articles. As you can see, MoMA is using it, a group of leading muse-tech folks have their own publication there called Code|Words, and Dana Allen-Greil just wrote about using it from inside federal institutions. David Carr wrote about it in the New York Times in May 2014.
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.
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.
Deadline June 26, 2015! Details here.
I hope that our SIG can have good representation at the upcoming joint conference in Seattle. If you were thinking of proposing a presentation, consider sending it to me (sbender[at]american[dot]edu) and perhaps there is an opportunity for bundling into a session.
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.
Digital Humanities SIG Metting • ARLIS/NA 2014 • Washington, DC
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Grand Hyatt, Independence Ballroom H
Digital Humanities SIG Meeting • ARLIS/NA 2013 • Pasadena, CA
Friday, April 26, 2013
Conference Center 209