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Friday, March 29 • 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Architecture Networks: Building Connections Between Collections

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This panel will explore the feasibility of virtually reconstructing architectural networks in time and space. Geospatial mapping and network visualizations offer promising ways to reveal connections between architects, builders, and patrons. Projects such as the Pacific Coast Architecture Database, HistoricPlacesLA on the Arches platform, and the Built Works Registry already show intriguing possibilities for research, but how can we combine efforts, along with information from these and other resources, into a powerful tool that uses standardized vocabularies as linked open data, allowing researchers to explore connections between creators and influencers of the built environment? Harvesting metadata from archival finding aids at a deeper level has the potential to bring to light the important contributions of engineers, draftsmen, landscape architects, and historically marginalized groups within the architectural profession, particularly women and people of color. This panel seeks to explore what platforms and data sources might be best suited to these purposes.

  • Alan Michelson (University of Washington) will discuss the past development and potential future directions of the Pacific Coast Architecture Database
  • Margaret Smithglass (Columbia University Avery Library) will speak on behalf of the Built Works Registry
  • Robin Johnson (Getty Research Institute) will detail relevant authority work done within the Getty Vocabularies (ULAN and CONA, in particular), and 
  • Annabel Enriquez (Getty Conservation Institute) will provide an update on Arches, an open source heritage inventory and management platform, providing an overview of how it might be used for a collaborative project of this type.

Organized by the ARLIS Architecture Section, this panel is designed to encourage discussion, collaboration, and awareness of the tools, standards, and platforms that can enable digital humanities projects that have the potential to shift the focus of architectural history
research. Ample time for discussion will be provided.

Projects to be Discussed:

Frequently Asked Questions about Linked Open Data (American Art Collaborative): http://americanartcollaborative.org/tools/faqs/

Learning Objectives:
  • Awareness of current projects ripe for collaboration, both relating to architectural archives and in the broader cultural heritage landscape.
  • Awareness of current technologies, systems, and standards.
  • Awareness of different levels of participation, from individuals contributing data to institutions facilitating larger initiatives.

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Aimee Lind

Reference Librarian, Getty Library
Reference Librarian with a focus on architecture and design collections at the Getty Research Library, Manager of Interlibrary Loan, co-founder of CalArchNet, current ARLIS Architecture Section Moderator and ARLIS/SAH Liaison.


Alan Michelson

Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington, University of Washington

Margaret Smithglass

Head, Exhibitions & Digital Asset Management, Columbia University, Avery Library
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Robin Johnson

The Getty Center
Robin's idea of a good time is watching endless hours of film - be it classic noir or sleazy horror from the 70s. She can tell you the life stories of every character actor from the 1930s-1960s, and yet cannot add a simple column of numbers. She can cook gourmet food in a tiny kitchen... Read More →
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Annabel Lee Enriquez

Associate Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Annabel Lee Enriquez is an Associate Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), where she specializes in projects involving cultural heritage data management, and is part of the GCI teams for the Arches, DISCO (Data Integration for Conservation Science), and AATA... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
Grand America Hotel: Venezia Garden Salon (1st Floor) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111