Picturing books

Experiments in digital art history via Sarah Wyman Whitman’s book covers


At this point in the schedule, I’ll have to confess to conflating some of the many, many new cloud-based and land-based (?) software programs we’ve learned. In an effort to keep track, here’s a (still growing) list of all the tools we’ve been exposed to that store data, collect images & other files, interpret & annotate images & video, and visualize data : Zotero (data collection) Omeka (.net & .org […]

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Space & Time

Spatial humanities: not the final frontier, but ripe with millions & billions of possibilities. Certainly an exciting prospect for the visual-minded humanist, geospatial visualization comes in many formats. One of the tools we tried, StoryMap, is a narrative tool that demonstrates how powerfully maps can tell stories, especially for communicating with the non-scholarly audience (at least that was my impression). On the other end of the academic scale, the Fletcher […]

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Platforms, Functionality, Usability

Well, platforms. I guess “out of the box” is helpful & gets your project off the ground quickly. But it boxes things up, too. I experimented this afternoon with Omeka.net. It has an impressive structure that yields some astonishingly quick results and offers simple-to-activate plug-ins. I created a collection & tried adding a few items manually and by ingesting from a csv file, then created an exhibition. It seemed as […]

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“Off the shelf”

So many disparate image repositories out there! Although I’m working with an American artist, which should make things easy for an American researcher, her work exists in mulitple GLAM collections, some of which present images in a straightforward, scoopable format, some of which offer them as individual web pages. And that doesn’t even include non-image collections. Here are a few: In general, I’ve discovered repositories that include images (with or […]

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I’ll be growing an experimental space in the next two weeks and beyond as a way to learn digital humanities techniques, tools, perspectives, and principles. My subject focus will be the work of Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904), a painter, stained glass artist, socialite, and designer of book covers for Houghton Mifflin in Boston in the 1880s and 1890s. The last two roles offer an especially tantalizing range of options for […]

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