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Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI)

Tech Lunch: Digital Research Technologies for Art History

The event is an opportunity for experiencing lightning talks about current digital technologies and infrastructures for research in art history and the humanities, to network with colleagues in a growing interdisciplinary field, and to grab a sandwich.


Thursday, June 23th, 2022, 12.15–13.15h

University of Zurich, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich (KO2 F 152)



  • Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen (University of Zürich / Bibliotheca Hertziana) 
  • Thomas Hänsli, dipl. ETHZ (University of Zurich / ETH Zurich)


  • Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke, Dr. Benoit Séguin (gta Institute, ETH Zurich)
  • Dr. Lukas Klic (Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)
  • Dr. Elisabeth-Christine Gamer, Dr. Elias Kreyenbühl (Zentralbibliothek Zürich)
  • David Knecht (KleioLab, Basel)



Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke, Dr. Benoit Séguin
Reproduced Bits.
Detecting Text Re-use in Books on Architecture from ca. 1550-1850

On the basis of the e-Rara collection at the ETH Zürich, ‘Graph. Text re-use in rare books' offers three different ways to trace and visualize how pre-1850 authors on architecture reused older texts in their own writings. As such, it yields a constellation of books in various forms of dialogue, open for exploration by the architectural historian.


Dr. Lukas Klic New Research Tools for Digital Art History

Pharos, the International Association of Photo Archives, will soon be launching its platform that aggregates and aligns data from partner institutions with multiple external knowledge bases: Getty ULAN/AAT, GND, VIAF, WikiData, GeoNames, etc. Published as Linked Open Data using the ResearchSpace platform, these data can now be combined and queried to ask novel questions about artworks, artists, photographers, collections, and the history of photography itself. The platform, provides a suite of digital tools allowing non-technical users to explore and analyze these data, disrupting barriers posed by proprietary databases where information is kept in silos.


Dr. Elisabeth-Christine Gamer, Dr. Elias Kreyenbühl
IIIF for Art Historians, a road to Open Science

Many GLAM institutions have already adopted the IIIF standard to host and share their image collections online (e.g. the Getty Museum, Harvard Art Museum as well as hundreds of libraries and archives). With these abundant collections new possibilities arise for researchers. IIIF has a transformative potential for scholarly research practice and allows Art History to fully explore the realm of Open Science. 

The Lab of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich strives to achieve better user experience with IIIF especially for art historians exploring the many possibilities that arise using digital imagery. We would like to present our integrated IIIF solution: In e-manuscripta, the Swiss portal for manuscripts, documents can be compared in a Mirador Viewer. A browser extension called DetektIIIF allows to detect and collect any IIIF document. Soon, it will be possible to store image collections on GitHub and to share them as research data among scholars, thus enabling collaboration.  


David Knecht
Geovistory – a novel information system for the humanities & social sciences

Geovistory is a novel information system for the humanities and social sciences with two access points: One, a freely accessible data publication platform. The platform provides data in line with SNSF and of interest to academia, GLAM institutions, media, education, and the public at large. Two, the Toolbox, where researchers curate & analyze data. Data from all projects are integrated, as they are semantically defined (CIDOC CRM & domain specific extensions). This creates a qualitatively unique ever-growing knowledge graph. This way, Geovistory at the same time bridges the gap of missing (a) easy-to-use research environments and (b) reliable socio-economic data to understand global contexts.

Weiterführende Informationen

VKKS 2022 Flyer

5th Swiss Congress of Art History

The event will take place as part of the 5th Swiss Congress of Art History, organised by VKKS (Zurich, June 22nd–24th, 2022)