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Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI)

Scholarly Digital Publishing (3rd International CORDH Meeting)

The international workshop is part of a series of collaborative meetings held by a consortium of European research institutions. It is dedicated to the potential and requirements of an advanced digital research infrastructure in Art History and the Humanities at large both from a researcher point of view and from an institutional perspective. A summary of the general discussion will be presented as well as the current state of the workgroup meetings. The aim is to define the preconditions and requirements for a future, state-of-the-art digital research environment for the Arts and the Humanities at large.  

The workshop is being organised by the University of Zurich/Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) in cooperation with ETH Zurich/Institute gtaMax-Planck-Institute for Art History, Bibliotheca Hertziana Rome, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies/Villa I Tatti, Florence, and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.  


Day 1: Thursday, 17 May 2018

Internal Meeting (closed)

Day 2: Friday, 18 May 2018

International Workshop (public), 9.30h - 16.30h

Location: University of Zurich, KOL G210


9.30h Welcome Coffee: Meet and Greet

Tristan Weddigen, Maarten Delbeke, and Thomas Hänsli



Data Modelling and Harmonisation
Digital research relies on the interoperability and re-usability of research and collection data. The Data Harmonisation Group will present first results, proposing a comprehensive set of best practices for data modelling in art history to facilitate mutual access to research data and resources in view of future collaborations. 
Presenter: Nicola Carboni


ResearchSpace is a collaborative Semantic Web environment designed to use and help build knowledge about the world and its history. The project is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and hosted by the British Museum. The paper will discuss the key features and the future development of ResearchSpace. 
Presenter: Dominic Oldman


11.30h Coffee Break


Digital Images and Annotations
Art historical research fundamentally depends on visual artefacts. Thus, mutual accessibility of digitised images and annotations is pivotal for collaborative digital research. How can digitised images and their annotations be published in a standardised and sustainable way? What annotation framework and standards can be used? How can scholarly annotation be linked and re-used for further research?
Presenter: Florian Kräutli


12.30h Lunch Break

Reference Data
Collaborative research projects depend on scholarly accepted reference data for art works, actors, places and theoretical concepts in order to link and exchange research data. Yet, existing reference data services are not powerful or flexible enough to suite future research questions. How can we as specialised research institutions collaborate on reliable, scholarly accepted and yet extendable reference data?
Presenter: Lukas Klic


Editorial Processes (optional, if time left)
The publication of scholarly research data must rely on the same scholarly principles as the publication of scholarly texts, including verifiability and citeability. Yet, research data will inevitably change over time. Can versioning of semantic data facilitate verifiability and citeability? How can it interact with access permissions in order to support editorial process of semantic data?
Presenter: Thomas Hänsli

15.00h Coffee Break


Semantic Research Platforms
Metaphactory is an end-to-end semantic research tools and also the underlying software of the ResearchSpace project, being used increasingly in our institutions. The paper will discuss current and future developments of Metaphactory and potential further developments. 
Presenter: Peter Haase (confirmed, timeframe tentative)


Administration and Varia


16.30h End of the workshop



Introduction and Chair

  • Tristan Weddigen, Prof. Dr., University of Zurich/Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome
  • Maarten Delbeke, Prof. Dr., Chair for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETHZ
  • Thomas Hänsli, University of Zurich, SARI/ETH Zurich


  • Nicola Carboni,UMR CNRS/MCC, Marseille, and Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies/Villa I Tatti, Florence
  • Esther Chen, Dr., Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin
  • Peter Haase, Dr., Metaphacts
  • Leonardo Impett, EPF Lausanne
  • Lukas Klic, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies/Villa I Tatti, Florence
  • Florian Kräutli, Dr., Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin
  • Martin Raspe, Dr., Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome
  • Susanne Müller Ghelardi, Dr., University of Basel / SNS,  Pisa
  • Dominic Oldman, The British Museum, London
  • Kai Stalmann, University of Zurich
  • Angelica Tschachtli, University of Zürich, SARI
  • Leo Zorc, University of Zürich, SARI/ETH Zurich