DH Monday: David Rumsey Map Collection + Georeferencer = Map analyses and spatial discoveries

Eugene Andriveau-Goujon, Plan d'ensemble des travaux de Paris, 1868This year, the IRC DIL lecture series has focused on Mapping, culminating in a hands-on map-making workshop.

However, sometimes we’re looking for historical maps and ways to work with them. A magnificent resource for the study and research about and with historical atlases and maps is David Rumsey’s Map Collection. At his last count, there are over 91,000 high-resolution maps and related images available on his collection site. Tags include data visualization (not a 21st-century invention; see map above).

The site also has a great tool – Georeferencer – that allows you to overlay historic maps on modern maps or other historic maps. The overlaid maps reveal changes over time and enable map analysis and discovery. Features of the latest version include georeferencing several maps on one sheet, grid view to compare multiple maps, Swipe and Spy Glass views, built in 3D viewer, Transcribe and GeoEditors, and all new Georeferencer Compare view.

ARGlobe-Arts1258BONUS: for those of you with iPhones, there is the AR Globe app that allows users to explore historic globes in a space of your own choosing, like my office. The old globes float in your room in front of you – you can spin, resize, move towards them and around them using your screen, as well as move inside of them.

DH Monday: Digital Humanities Summer School: Visualizing San Saba

Visualizing San Saba: Digital Storytelling in a Medieval Monastery in RomeRome, July 1 – 07, 2019; Deadline: June 7, 2019
Visualizing San Saba: Digital Storytelling in a Medieval Monastery in Rome

This one week Summer School is tailored for art history, archaeology, architecture and engineering students, who are keen on exploring Rome’s unique cultural heritage, through the lens of Digital Humanities. The scarcely known area of the small Aventine with a focus on the monastery of San Saba will be at the center of this multidisciplinary project. Students will divide their time between the monastery and the labs of the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre. The project will entail the development of digital cognitive paths based on this case study with the objective of reconstructing and virtually retracing the archaeological, architectural and artistic history of this Basilica (ca. V-XX century).

Activities: The course will include: an archaeological, architectural and historical introduction to the monuments of the Little Aventine with the intent of reconstructing digitally the various building phases that characterize the San Saba complex; an overview of new immersive technologies; an in-depth study of digital acquisition and restoration techniques; a practical session to understand benefits and limitations of current digital tools.

Objectives: Students will scan, digitize and reprocess documents in order to create 3D models and routes in AR / VR at the Basilica of San Saba. Ultimately, they will be expected to create a software mobile application on San Saba published and presented for critical review at a conference.

For more information, visit Summer Schools, Department of Humanistic Studies – Roma Tre University.

DH “Monday”: Clark Fellowship in Digital Art History

The Clark Art InstituteYes it’s Tuesday but, given we had Monday off, this post shouldn’t have to wait until next week.

The Clark Art Institute has announced a new semester-length residency fellowship for a scholar at any stage of their career involved in a project that is either born-digital or has a substantial component that exists outside the publishing model of the monographic book. The project should contain not only a digital component but also a critical awareness of the methodological possibilities, problems, and questions in applying digital methods to art history today. This fellowship is particularly aimed at scholars working on material that is pre-1900.

To read more about The Clark fellowships and to apply, visit About Clark Fellowships. Application Deadline: October 15, 2019.

ArchDaily’s Sustainability Glossary: D-E-F

ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary: D-E-FSince 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 D, E, and F.

DH Monday: Visual Resources 35, no. 1-2: Digital Art History

Visual Resources: an International Journal on Images and their Uses, Volume 35, Issue 1-2, March - June 2019Visual Resources: an International Journal on Images and their Uses is a print and online journal published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. It has just produced a Special Issue (Volume 35, Issue 1-2, March – June 2019): DIGITAL ART HISTORY with Guest Editors Mutha Baca, Anne Helmreich & Melissa Gill. Access to the journal is licensed via the UCSB Library.

There are five sections: Introduction, Framing Digital Art History, Online Research Resources, Digital Methodologies, and News from the Field. The first two sections offer thoughtful re-assessments of the state of the field and the wider scope of DAH’s past and future. The remaining sections provide tools and projects to explore.

Tropy: Research photo management software

TropyTropy is a freely licensed and open-source software tool that allows researchers to collect and organize the digital photographs that they take in their research, add information to those photos individually or in bulk, using customizable templates, and export both photographs and associated information to other platforms.

Tailor-made for researchers, Tropy also makes it possible to group photos into documents, annotate photos, add customs tags, and to search across the metadata fields, notes and tags to quickly find sources.

h/t Jasmine Burns & Heidi Eyestone

NEW! Digital Humanities Monday: An introduction to Wired! Lab: The DH Bibliography

Welcome to Digital Humanities Monday! This will be the first of many Mondays that The Red Dot will devote to Digital Art History and DH in general. Please follow us, pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested, and send us any sites, programs, projects, and/or information related to DH to vrc.ucsb@gmail.com so we can share them (and credit you).

First up: Duke’s Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture explores visual and material culture through critical engagement with digital technologies. Their community of faculty, staff, and students uses digital methods in teaching and research on the visual arts, architecture, cultural heritage, and built environments. They have a special interest in projects that engage the public online and in museums.

They also have an incredible and invaluable resource we can’t live without: “A Digital Humanities Bibliography,” a 149-page (and counting!) document assembled courtesy of our colleague John Taormina. Check it out!


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