History of Art and Architecture

Spring 2015 Visual Media Workshop News

The Visual Media Workshop continues to advance several diverse collaborative projects.  The Decomposing Bodies team is actively cataloging thousands of identification cards collected during a January research trip to the Ohio History Connection in Columbus as well as actively brainstorming ideas for a future exhibition on the Bertillon criminal identification system. Scholars from all over the country convened at the University of Pittsburgh in late November for a workshop entitled, "Network Ontologies in the Early Modern Period," co-sponsored by a number of local and regional groups. The aim of this workshop was to share experiences implementing data ontologies in digital humanities projects, such as our own Itinera, and to develop a metadata structure that would then support the interoperability of these networks over the long term.  The lab also continues to mobilize a team of graduate and undergraduate students digitizing and cataloging images for the VMW Image Library, which provides an essential teaching and research tool for the department.