Freitag, 24. Januar 2020, 12:00 - 13:00 iCal

What is Data Science @ UniVienna

"Digital Research in Art History/Visual Studies – potential and constraints" - Talk by Martina Pippal, Department of Art History

HS10, 2nd floor
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna



The advantages of global digitalization are evident also in the context of research in Art History and, more generally, in Visual Studies. Never before pictorial information about, and scholarly texts on, artworks were accessible to such a wide user community, a fact which in itself carries the flavour of democratization. Before, a considerable amount of effort and material investment by a lucky few were necessary to obtain the same status of knowledge.

Along with accelerating provision of relevant information, the technology also facilitates cross-linking specific aspects of art and research on it, for example on the level of iconographical indices.

The rapid enhancement of evolving databases promoted these tools to a key pillar of research, and this implies the risk of distortion of scholarly knowledge towards „digitalizable facts“ at the expense of other crucial messages conveyed by art, e.g. through stylistic aspects, thus creating „blind spots“ and even factual errors in the total view of art history and cultural studies in general.


About the Talk Series:

The lectures on "What is Data Science @ Uni Vienna" will focus on researchers from the University of Vienna who are involved in data science or apply its methods in their field of research. The range of topics covered in these talks is as broad as the areas of research at the University of Vienna, ranging from humanities and cultural studies to chemistry, geosciences, computer science, law, history, economics and many more.

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