DH Monday: Digital Humanities GIS Projects

The Atlas of Early PrintingThe blog Anterotesis has a long list of Digital Humanities GIS (Geographical Information Systems) projects. See this post and this one for background, and Mapping Resources for (you guessed it) resources. These are not projects to digitize old maps, but investigations [the blogger’s emphasis]. This is a great source to see some project already out there. Also make sure to check out the blogger’s own project – The Debtor Sanctuaries of London – at Alsatia.

Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance Index®

Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance IndexAfter four years of work, the Getty Provenance Index® has greatly expanded its database of German art sales catalogs, adding nearly 570,000 records of artwork sales for the years 1900 to 1929. This expansion, adding to existing records for the years 1930 to 1945, gives researchers in provenance and the art market unprecedented information on auction sales in Germany and Austria during the volatile years of the early twentieth century, including the periods of World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the years of politically sanctioned Nazi looting prior to and during World War II.

DH Monday: Digital Humanities in the Classroom

Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR)Last week’s DH Monday’s post featured The Programming Historian, with digital tools, techniques, and workflow tutorials that (among other uses) could be used in courses for skill building and project development. We’d like to elaborate on that with Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a great resource when your looking for lessons or activities for courses – including two recommendations we’re highlighting in this week’s post.

First, there’s Experiments in Art History: Teaching with Digital Tools. This blog explores and explains ways the author uses various online resources in the classroom and in assignments.

Second, check out Getting Started with Digital Humanities in the Classroom. In this AHTR post, Hannah Jacobs, Digital Humanities Specialist for the Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture at Duke University, shares “some ideas about where to find inspiration and training; what are the opportunities and challenges to consider; and which resources may be needed (or not needed) when designing and implementing a digital art history project in the classroom.”

The Night Watch restoration live

This month the Rijksmuseum is launching its massive restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch.  The team is posting regular videos and offering live chats with conservators, among other content-sharing of the complex work involved.  The research phase begins today (July 5). More coverage in the Guardian.

Among the rich offerings on the website is the section 10 things you may not know about Rembrandt’s Night Watch which contains fascinating historical facts.  (Below, varnish being removed in 1946-47.)


DH Monday: The Programming Historian

1890_Census_Hollerith_Electric_Tabulating_Machines_Sci_Amer_2The Programming Historian is a resource of novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. Use lessons to teach your self new technical skills, understand how humanists are using new digital tools, methods, and research processes, or use them in courses for skill building and project development. Lessons are organized by typical phases of the research process or general topics. Filter lessons by category and if you can’t find a skill, technology, or tool you’re looking for, they encourage requests.

BONUS: the site is multilingual – English, Spanish and French!


DH Monday: PLATFORM – A digital forum for conversations about buildings, spaces, and landscapes

David R. Ambaras, Curtis Fletcher, Erik Loyer & Kate McDonald, "Building a Multivocal Spatial History: Scalar and the Bodies and Structures Project (Part 1)" [image: McDonald, FIG 3]History of Art & Architecture’s Professor Swati Chattopadhyay announces the just-launched digital venue for conversation on buildings, spaces and landscapes, with creators and founding editors Chattopadhyay, Marta Gutman, Zeynep Kezer, and Matthew Lasner: PLATFORM.

PLATFORM is an open digital venue for exchanging new ideas about working with, researching, teaching, and writing about buildings, spaces, and landscapes. It features content that engages with contemporary culture and politics.

PLATFORM facilitates conversations about spaces: contemporary and historical. We publish short-form essays and digital content (audio, photos, video, and data visualization). We are keen to publish cutting-edge discussions about the here and now, and how we relate to the past, to history, and our legacies at the present moment.

PLATFORM is broad in perspective and interdisciplinary in orientation and invites contributors from the global north and south and from across professions and disciplines. We are not a closed or finite group. Unsolicited work is welcome and commenting is possible. You do not need to have gone to school with the editors, be an architect, an architectural historian, or an academic to join the conversation. We value the diversity of opinions about how we view, read, experience, and engage with the built and natural landscapes. PLATFORM crosses disciplinary divides and is explicitly international.

ArchDaily’s Sustainability Glossary: G-H-I

ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary: G-H-ISince architects and designers [and architectural historians!] carry a responsibility of building a substantial future, ArchDaily has put together an A-Z list of every sustainability term that you might come across. Every week, a new set of letters will be published, helping you stay well-rounded on everything related to sustainable architecture and design. Here are the terms that start with letters G, H, and I.

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