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Thursday, April 7 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Beyond the Classroom: Developing Image Databases for Research

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Image databases can be powerful research tools, especially as digital methodologies unique to the growing field of digital humanities are incorporated into arts and humanities disciplines. This session looks to highlight the evolving field of visual resources in the 21st century with an emphasis on how image collections can be developed for research in art and architectural history, museum and library collections, and the digital humanities.

The speakers will emphasize how these database projects make available important collections for cross-institutional research or public access, or aggregate disparate collections from within one institution or from different institutions and repositories, often international.

These presentations will look to best practices of database development across the projects; to consider how these databases relate to promoting art historical research more broadly, across geographies, chronologies, and cultures; and to recognize points of divergence among project strategies appropriate to their differing content and audiences.

Why Six Museums Sharing a Database is Still Groundbreaking and What the Future May Hold
Rachel Beckwith, Hampshire College, and Carrie Evans, Five Colleges, Incorporated

The YCBA Online Collection Search: A Jack-of-All-Trades
Kraig Binkowski, Yale Center for British Art

Northwestern University Libraries DAMs (Meadow System)
Nicole Gabrielle Finzer, Northwestern University

Digital Makes Visible: Bringing Provenance Research to Light
Molli Kuenstner, National Gallery of Art

Building a Transnational Database for the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitization Project
Carol Ng-He, University of Chicago

Sponsored by
Duke University Libraries


Kelin Baldridge

Chester County History Center

John Taormina

Duke University


Rachel Beckwith

Hampshire College

Kraig Binkowski

Yale University

Carrie Evans

Five Colleges, Incorporated

Nicole Gabrielle Finzer

Northwestern University

Molli Kuenstner

National Gallery of Art

Carol Ng-He

University of Chicago

Thursday April 7, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Toronto Room