Brief summary

Summarizing to the bone what we have done so far at DoingDH 2015 the following points seem to matter the most:

Building a digital presence and finding ways of publishing thoughts should become a priority and can be achieved in different ways and using different tools. For brief thoughts and questions twitter could be the right channel and could lead to meaningful discussions among geografically distant experts. This discussions can later be sorted out and preserved using Storify. For longer articles a blog format (like WordPress) allows you to formulate your ideas in a more complete manner and get them out there. Also is an alternative. For longer, more complex (maybe even crowd-sourced) projects a publication driven programm like Scalar can be a useful tool. It allows you, among other things, to create what could closely resemble a ‘traditional’ book.

To aid your own reaserch and for teaching purposes several programms come in handy. For creating digital collections and exhibits Omeka is a great tool. Personally I think I’ll try and build a collection of images of mosaics, a collection of medieval maps and a collection of other material relevant to my work and then try to combine the objects thematically or iconographically as separate exhibitions. My goal is  to use this tool to visually clearify if the ideas I now have about the relationships between different objects are  substantiated on a visual level. To tag pictures it might be of some use a programm like thinglink. I want to try and use it on pictures of a whole site (like the entire floor of the San Savino crypt that I have uploaded) and than tag into it the different iconographies so that I can have an overview of what is where, if I need one. This could become especially useful for bigger sites and also to always have a reference as to where different pictures where taken.

If you wish to recreate an object three-dimentionally you can do so digitally using a free programm like Sketchup. What is really useful is that you can find templates of real buildings already designed for you by others. This way you can have a look at a 3D rendering of (for ex.) the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin without having to actually spend 3 weeks drawing it. If you are really rich and wasteful you can also print it with a 3D printer.

In order to have access to this kind of digital tools, investing in some digital storage space becomes important. For that reason, one can look at a server space providers like Reclaim Hosting. Also with increase use of digital tools, it becomes even more important to think about secuirity, whether it is two factor authentication or different kinds of backups. To sort through all the different passwords a password vault can make the different and if you use more than one twitter account might help you organize them all.

As for the files in themselves: PDF/VA is probably the best option for text, while .tif is the one you would want to use for pictures. Standard format for metadata is usually IPTC. How you name your files (also pictures) is important as well and you should take the time to rename them according to their content. You should also stucture your data, possibly using xcel. This way you can then import that data directly in Omeka using CSV Import, should you so wish. Also if your data is standardized (like in Omeka) it can later be used by other programms using an API (Application Programming Interface). Standard metadata structures are for instance Dublin core and VRA core. You should also decide and structure what kind of content you want to publish, keeping your audience clear in mind.

Now, if you are trying to search for data you should take advantage of the different kind of databases and websites already existing (see Digital Art History section following soon). But a google search can already be very fruitful if properly conducted (advanced search etc.). A reverse search using tineye might also come in handy to trace back an image to its original institution (for example). For textual material could be a good resource. Once you have found a publication/article/book you’re interested in (for ex. on JSTOR or Amazon etc.) you can save its bibliographical information (as well as a screenshot and a link) using Zotero. This programm helps you sort through all your literature and allows you to write small notes about the different materials.

Well… I hope I haven’t missed much.

Looking forward to XCEL tomorrow… 0_0′

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