Art history tools and more

I am currently working on an article on the humanities and information technology, and one section discusses a framework for thinking about different kinds of digital tools used in the humanities. One of my case studies deals with multispectral analysis of paintings and while trying to get a better sense of what is going on, I found this very useful AHRC ICT Methods Network working paper (pdf): “What’s in the Art Historian’s Toolkit?” by Neil Grindley. A good overview (although not very extensive, but this also makes the document accessible) with pointers to papers and resources. I know about The Methods Network from earlier, but it is clear that there is a great deal going on here. The list of working papers contains papers relating to a whole range of disciplines. Great. I just browsed through a few of the papers and it seems that there is some variation in terms of depth and scope.

There is also other stuff available from their website. Quite a few mp3:s for instance. For instance “Finding Needles in Haystacks: Data-mining in distributed historical data-sets” (mp3).

It seems, however, that Arts and Humanities Research Council is planning to withdraw funding from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) which, in turn, provides support for the network. I need to look into this but this is certainly a relevant development in relation to the Swedish situation. This seems to be a clear movement away from centralization (at least in relation to the arts and humanities – I wonder about the social sciences more broadly).