THATCamp 2014 - Live Blogging 2

THATCamp 2014 - Live Blogging 2

Monday, February 10, 2014

We've set the schedule for the next two days, which you can find here. (Our own, Renee Ater, will be facilitating a conversation tomorrow on corwdsourcing and creating a digital archive!)

Right now Piotr Adamczyk, PhD student and Google-genius extraoridnaire, is surveying for us the history and growth of the Google Cultural Institute (from its first days working with the Prado masterpieces, which he namechecked!). Interesting to learn that this all started as a 20% project (all Google users are able, and encouraged, to take 20% of their time and work on something about which they have a great passion.

Archive Exhibitions - Tell Stories - new tool for museums.

Google Open Gallery, launched December 10, 2013 with 45 pilot users. Tools (zoom, online exhibitions, refine) are free and can be freely used by anyone. "Not quite there" he says. Invites people to kick the tires.

Lab just opened in Paris (December 2013) with million pixel cameras, etc., to bring together cultural folks and Google engineers.


More things, but now is taking questions....

Copyright implications? Cultural institutions have that responsibility, and given the all-encompassing nature of the institutions, the laws vary, which makes their part in it hard.

What tools/training do undergrads and grads in art history need to do this? How many on teams actually have art-history training? Not many (5 on present content team)

What is the procedure for non-profits to get involved? It's hidden :-). FAQ has a link or one can request an invite (typically 40 institutions ever two - three months)

Google Cultural Lab and what might come out of that and its relation to other initiatives? Rare treat to have such a physical space: scholarly work - primary sources - how Google search might help; physical site will have a residency program using Google data and Google tools; incubators for artists and scholars to be working.

Any light to be shed on projects, i.e. - workflows? Engineers understanding timeflows (scholarship/humanities take longer; do not understand the constraints placed by institutions on the flow of data)

A little more on a talk "Women and Art?" It's themed around International Women's Day. Admits that the Google corporate strucytre might make of this a hash and superficial. Content team tries to push deeper.

Any examples of use? Using Hangouts with Google Cultural Institute? Crystal Bridges as an example of success? So far not much. Generating content? it's hard.

Last question: does Google have plans to partner with institutions that do not have digitized collections to digitize them? Ummmm, it's kind of secret for right now :0