Association of Art Museum Curators

The Networked Curator: a Pilot Program of Digital Training for Museum Curators consists of two workshops organized by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation, in collaboration with George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, a leader in the field of digital humanities. The Networked Curator is tailored specifically for art curators working in the non-profit sector to address their lack of connection to both the digital work taking place in museums and the broader field of digital art history. Museums have been front-runners in the pursuit of innovative and visitor-centered digital projects that disseminate collections worldwide, draw visitors to online exhibitions and publications, and provide interactive experiences within the galleries. Curators, though, have a limited involvement in shaping the digital strategies of their institutions. To address this disconnect, The Networked Curator is designed to increase the overall digital literacy of participating curators, enabling them to better work with colleagues across the museum in developing digital strategies for sharing collections, interpreting objects, and disseminating research. Workshops are taking place at GMU (August 2017) and at the Getty Center (Winter 2018).
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Grant Awarded: $89,000 (2016)

Duke University

Since 2012, Duke University has offered the Visualizing Venice summer institute through its Wired! Lab in partnership with Venice International University and the Architectural University of Venice. Duke University received Getty support for the 2015 summer institute, which focused on the history of the Venice Biennale. This three-week training program introduced participants to current digital humanities theories, methods, and tools. Topics included digital mapping, data visualization, 3D modeling of buildings, and time-based animations on apps and websites. A second grant supported the 2016 summer institute, Mapping and Modeling the Venice Ghetto, which provided training in mobile application development and other emerging digital tools. A third grant is supporting a more advanced institute in the summers of 2018 and 2019. 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks brings together teams of art historians and technologists for collaborative development of especially promising digital art history projects.
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Grants Awarded: $50,000 (2015), $140,000 (2016), and $197,000 (2017)

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

The Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETHZ received a Getty grant to offer a 2016 summer institute for German-speaking art historians in Europe, where scholars have expressed a keen interest in digital art history but where no substantial training programs have been offered. Digital Collections: New Methods and Technologies for Art History takes place in Zürich over ten days, through a partnership with the University of Zürich's Institute of Art History, the Swiss Institute for Art Research, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Digital Humanities Laboratory. Drawing on the digital collections of these host institutions, the workshop introduces participants to key concepts and tools in the digital humanities, with particular attention to building digital collections, metadata mapping, visual pattern discovery, and geolocation technology–all strengths of the organizing partners. All course materials are being made available online, which benefits participants and German-speaking art historians in general.
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Grant Awarded: CHF138,800 (2016)

George Mason University

GMU's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, one of the first university centers dedicated to the digital humanities, received Foundation support for a two-week intensive summer institute in 2014, Rebuilding the Portfolio: DH for Art Historians. Participants received an overview of key concepts and technologies, with particular attention paid to the tools that enable art historians to engage in new kinds of teaching and scholarship. The curriculum included building digital collections, working with textual and non-textual sources, visualization, data mining, network analysis, spatial history, and new publishing paradigms. GMU received a second Getty grant to offer the institute again in summer 2015 in a revised format specially designed for graduate students.
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Grants Awarded: $155,000 (2013) and $165,000 (2014)

Harvard University

Harvard's metaLAB received Foundation support for a ten-day summer institute in 2014, Beautiful Data: Telling Stories About Art with Open Collections, focused on using digitized collections for art historical scholarship. Responding to the growing open content movement and the increasing number of museum collections freely accessible online, the program addressed curating with digital collections, exploring new technologies for analyzing and visualizing collections, and annotating digital images. The institute combined seminar-style instruction, collaborative problem-solving, and hands-on experience, all culminating in the development of a prototype project. Harvard received a second Getty grant to host the institute again in summer 2015 as Beautiful Data II.
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Grants Awarded: $175,000 (2013) and $185,000 (2014)

King's College London

King's College London received Foundation support for the advanced digital institute Art and Data in the Ancient Mediterranean which focuses on the use of structured data in digital projects related to ancient art. With well-structured data sets that include standardized information, scholars can create virtual models—or visualizations—to generate new research questions, test hypotheses, and present findings, particularly pertaining to provenience (the original find site and cultural context of an object) and provenance (ownership history and object biographies). The institute includes workshops in London and Athens that emphasize Linked Open Data (LOD) with the ultimate goal of giving participants a greater conceptual understanding and technical mastery of data structuring and resulting data visualizations.
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Grant Awarded: £162,000 (2018)

The University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh received a Getty grant to offer an advanced digital art history institute dedicated to network analysis, a method well suited to art-historical research. Network analysis visualizes connections between artists and patrons, between works of art and sites of display, and among artists themselves. The advanced institute brings together eight teams of art historians and scientists already engaged in joint network analysis projects in order to deepen their technical and conceptual familiarity with data science. The program will advance participating projects to the next stage and foster new cross-disciplinary research.
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Grant Awarded: $223,000 (2018)

University of California, Los Angeles

The Digital Humanities program (UCLA-DH) received Foundation support for an eight-day summer institute in 2014, Beyond the Digitized Slide Library. The Institute provided scholars with a theoretical framework and basic digital literacy, with particular attention paid to GIS mapping and project-based learning, two strengths of UCLA-DH. The curriculum also included lessons on art historical data, metadata basics, visualization, mapping, and network analysis. Participants presented their projects at a final colloquium that will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of publishing digital scholarship. The program was offered again in 2015, with continued Getty support.
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Grants Awarded: $185,000 (2013) and $180,000 (2014)