Back to the Lab Again

Play the song as you read. :)

I GOT A SECRET FORMULA: for all the ways to write the dates for the two different types of date entries (display date and indexing date).

Visualizing Carolee Schneeman

Michelle Moravec gave an awesome "lightning talk" at THATCamp 2014, about how she moved from visualization to question and back, exploring new tools along the way. She presented a longer version of that talk last year as a part of American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues for Exploration  (see video).

Blog: Experiments in Art History

That past two days I spent geeking out with folks from universities, research institutes, labs, The Getty, art e-commerce ventures, and other misfits. It was amazing. Among other things, I discovered this fun blog, Experiments in Art History, which deals with teaching with digital tools. It was inspired by a previous THATCamp. Read on (warning: medieval reenactment!).

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP Test tortured me throughout high school.  I used it in basically everyone of my classes.  But honestly, it taught me a lot.  I can determine if a website is credible in like five seconds flat.  I was so suprised to see that Itinera did not pass. Working behind the scenes on Itinera, I know it is credible.  I've seen the process in action.  However, there was no information about Itinera anywhere on the site.  There was no copyright information, no authors, no creators, no editors, no sponsors.

Lab Rats in Lab coats

We tested user data today on the front end of the itinera database website. We got to understand and test out itinera's usability and try to figure out what features help users go through a website smoothly. We also got to go behind the scenes, and put in the data. So we get a look at two different levels of website usage. It was taking what we learned last week to a whole other level.

101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week

At first I was like, that's cool, then I read the by-line: "The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an international initiative to bring women's voices to the online encyclopedia--as editors and as subjects"  and I was like, nevermind, that's awesome!

CFP: Digital Mapping and Art History

Cool! Middlebury made a Summer Institute for Itinera!

Middlebury, Vermont, August 3 - 15, 2014
Deadline: Mar 3, 2014

Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History
Call for Applicants

Middlebury College, Middlebury VT
August 3-15, 2014

Digital Humanities does not mean "scanning stuff"

What makes this call for applications especially cool is the application process: not a long, complicated series of forms, with character limits, and uploads for your CV, even though you've already put in that information separately in another form, and complicated system messages that will confuse your professors, as they try to upload their references. Just a Google form. (Plus, a stylish hero featuring a slide projector. Very hip.)

The Lessons of Nicholas Revett

When I set off researching Nicholas Revett, I started with the biological information, which turned out to be fairly easy.  Despite the fact that the site I was using did not have a death location, everything else was easily attainable and accessible.  However, once I started working on the tour stops, it began to be much clearer to me how complex this data is.  In regards to Revett, there is a lot of uncertainty, which I didn't think twice about at first.  In fact, I kind of expected it.

Today I was Sherlock

     I thought that the activity we did today was the most fun so far of what we've done here at the Lab. Taking information and figuring how the information fits together like a puzzle piece is so very fascinating. You can't just take the information given to you and write it out. You have to think about it, and understand it first, because historical data is not always one hundred percent sure. People are not infallible and so their reports will not be perfect.