Freedom Dreaming Work Plan

The requirements for the Work Plan assignment are not clear on the course syllabus or schedule, so I did my best to put together our group work plan for this assignment based on how we’ve been organizing our workflow. As a group, we’ve decided to do a mixture of two different styles of a work plan; tasks that need to be completed and a calendar timeline.

Roles:

Kiana: Outreach & Content, Social Media

Brittany: Project Manager, Research, Social Media

Anthony: Social Media Network Analysis, Data Collection, Outreach

Raven: Research, Outreach

Andrea: Design, Website Development

Platforms:

Google Doc’s

CUNY Common’s Group

Tentative Sub-Groups:

Programming

  • Anthony (Social Media Network Analysis/Data Collection)
  • Andrea (Website Infrastructure/Design)

Content

  • Kiana (Website Content, Research)
  • Brittany (Website Content)/Work Plan
  • Raven (Website context/Sample Work)

Outreach

  • Raven (Futures Initiative & Hastac Blog Platform)
  • All (As the project progresses)

Where Do We Want to End Up? (Inspired by yesterday’s project management speaker)

  • An interactive website with submissions (in variety of forms), information and goals, and resources surrounding the “Freedom Dreaming” concept and prompts
  • A dominant and interactive social media presence with active participants surrounding the “Freedom Dreaming” concept and prompts
  • Raised awareness amongst our student audience of structural/institutional oppression and the ways it impacts individuals daily lives
  • A collection of resources (websites, zines, guides, organization info) that people can use for more work beyond the site

Phase 1: Build

Weeks 3-6 (February 12-March 5):

  • Complete basic content creation for the website.
    • Mission, Goals, Privacy, Vibe etc., Resource Collection
  • Obtain a basic infrastructure for website
  • Establish a working design
  • Begin building a social media account and establish an online presence

Phase 2: Launch

Week 6-9 (March 5-26):

  • Create a finalized website and Instagram page
    • Includes design, website infrastructure and website/Instagram content
  • Create Outreach Materials
  • Locate applicable resources to add to website content
  • Establish a social media and outreach plan to publicize and implement the project.
  • Determine network analysis plan for data collection.

Phase 3: Maintain and Collect

Week 9-12 (March 26-April 16)

  • Maintain social media and outreach plan to raise continued awareness.
  • Monitor and collect data from website and social media
  • Begin preliminary data analysis

Phase 4: Analysis and Prepare Findings

Week 12-14 (April 16-End)

  • Analyze data and draw conclusions from findings
  • Reflect on the project and process
  • Create final presentation on project
  • Write final paper to meet class requirements
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“Are we a Team?” checklist

I like this a lot. Sharing with the class in case it can be of help or interest.

I’d also love to hear reactions in the comments! Do these seem like good principles to you? Why or why not? Are there any with which you particularly agree or disagree?


“Are We a Team?” checklist (Levin & Kent, 2001)

Check off the statements that accurately represent your group. Be prepared to discuss your choices afterwards with your group. Also consider ways to improve your group’s functioning, especially as it relates to the statements you did not check off.

  • We all show equal commitment to our objective.
  • We all take part in deciding how work should be allocated.
  • We are committed to helping each other learn.
  • We acknowledge good contributions from team members.
  • We handle disagreements and conflicts constructively within the team.
  • We are able to give constructive criticism to one another and to accept it ourselves.
  • We all turn up to meetings and stay to the end.
  • We are good at making sure that everyone knows what’s going on.
  • When one of us is under pressure, others offer to help him or her.
  • We trust each other.
  • We remain united even when we disagree.
  • We support each other to outsiders.
  • We feel comfortable and relaxed with one another.

 

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Personal Reflection Feb 17

Hi!

I’m not sure exactly what time it is in New York, as I am abroad for this weekend and have been remotely off-line. Im sorry if this is at all late.

I am working as the Project Manger and Outreach person for the Immigrant Newspapers group.The last two weeks have been a really great start to figuring out what the work flow and focuses will be for our project. Having one person (Antonios) who is well versed in the coding and programming side of things is pretty awesome, since I do not possess those skills in the least! Jennifer and Sandy have been very helpful in steering the specification process of our project and their previous research and work that they have put into the project plan throughout the last semester is invaluable to giving us a jumpstart on research.

Most importantly, we have settled on a specific three decades that seemed like they would most easily return the highest results for number of publication houses. This is based on the polling of newspaper printers that has been collected and organized into immigrant group and chronology. The highest amount of papers seems to be within the area of 1860-1890, which includes quite a few immigrant groups. It also seems like a rich historical moment in American history to be focusing on, and for all of these reasons we have settled on these dates.

The biggest hope is that we can locate these newspaper printers geographically. Plans for an interactive map are being researched, and they would be a very visually rich way to be looking at the city and also presenting information about group locale. I am also hoping that we are able to replicate an archival website that we found since it utilizes the perfect sort/search features on its homepage that would be great for our project.

Currently, each member of the group has a main focus, and that is to gather as much information as possible about the newspapers and printers within our assigned immigrant groups. The more information we gather, the more understanding we will have of the possibilities our data allows for us. I’m very interested to see what kinds of trends are discovered throughout this research process, whether within one specific paper or as a trend across different immigrant groups. Any degree of these similarities is possible, and I look forward to discovering the information and figuring out the most powerful way to display it.

Our group has been communicating on Slack and has just had some documents added to Airtable. There is a lot of preliminary work to do as we continue to solidify our project outline. I’ve been trying to stimulate some communication surrounding deadlines and help us keep to them, but mostly everyone has been doing their own work every well separately and there hasn’t been an issue. I also accumulated a lot of the writing for the updated Project Proposal based on Sandy and Jennifer’s original Project Plan and on our conversations as a group following our assignment day. It has been difficult for me to travel this weekend and feel a bit disconnected, but I will be back very soon and have no plans to go away for the rest of the semester, so it will be okay!

So far, just looking to spend as much time as possible in the research phase and helping out in whatever way I can!

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Journal Entry February 17th to 18th

This week has been hectic and frustrating on a personal level for me, but at least I was able to learn something new from a technical point of view. My team had some very interesting suggestions on the presentation of the data which we currently acquire and process for our project.
The methods for presentation included for example a platform which uses a map of New York (Artmaps) with point representations for the data clusters. The design was very appealing, the interaction seemed quite intuitive and the concept would fit perfectly for our project (if we will be able to find at least nearly as many data clusters in order to make a meaningful use of that kind of representation).I try to get the code and started immediately with “obtaining” it and tried to get a compiled version to run. The entire procedure was really an eye-opener for me since I was able to use what we learned about GIT-Hub and the GIT tooling, and it was the perfect showcase for me to understand the (for me hidden) potential of GISs.  I also had to learn that some people are not strict enough with the documentation of their code, which is a real set-back for me and slows the entire process quite down.I also managed to work on data German Newspapers and fill out many of the required fields we need to.

The reason which caused my frustration in this week stems from the fact, that one of my team members literally implied that I am dumb and lazy. (The post was deleted after a while for unknown reasons)The story goes like this in short:In our project (Immigrant Newspapers Archive) we have newspapers of eight different languages and each group member shall take on newspapers of two different languages.
Regarding the implied being dumb:
One week before the decision on which languages we have to focus on, I had a very constructive and productive discussion with Jennifer, after I met her in one of NYCDH workshops in Fordham University. We have discussed the possibility ,among other countries , to use also Greek newspapers since I’m Greek and work in an American -Greek Newspaper as a Journalist.
Accordingly, Greek newspapers were listed in a Google Docs document for further planning. After that, an Airtable was compiled in which Greek newspapers were not listed anymore (I guess no Greek newspapers were available in our focused time period). Being not aware of this I wrote in Slack that I wanted to cover the Greek ones (maybe they have been forgotten?) and asked again in order to be sure which countries are left so that I can take over my responsibility. So sentences like “we have to tell him what to do, and he can’t figure it out by himself even if it’s just a simple process of elimination” are simply offensive.
Regarding the implied being lazy:
Since German was left and since I speak German I suggested that I will cover those newspapers.
Also, the amount of data for the German newspapers is significant higher than the data amount of the other languages, even if in some cases you combine two countries together.So sentences like “[I] was surprisingly quick to reply … [and] interestingly enough, he wanted to do German (“since I speak German”)” seems also rather unfair and not objective.

I hope that I will find ways to work out on this matter and simply forgot all these kind of trivialities. The most important is to work collaboratively in team to produce all aspects of our chosen project.

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First Journal Entry

Working with Project TRIKE is a real pleasure as well as an exciting opportunity to engage in thoughtful, meaningful digital humanities work. Hannah, Nancy, Natasha and Rob are awesome. They are super organized and have a very clear idea of what they – we – want to do. I was given the role of technical project manager, which is great because I am to “manage” Rob, who has far more technical expertise than I. I’ll really be following his lead, and also staying on top of deadlines and the getting of things that we need. We decided that we will publish the project on WordPress and GitHub.

We’re collaborating through Slack, which I had never used before, and which I like a lot. We have a number of channels and use Wordast to set tasks. Hannah’s organizational skills are inspirational, her time line is excellently thought out and I feel confident that we will work really well together as a team. Nancy’s work in content development is keen and insightful, and it’s fascinating to see the content collection take shape and grow. Natasha keeps the channels ticking with her timeliness and her well-written texts seem to arrive exactly when I need something to experiment with. It all feels seamless.

I built a wire frame demo of the site in WordPress, just to see what it might be like. Rob and I chose Sydney as a theme, and Rob says that we should use WPBakery Page Builder, so I spent quite a few hours familiarizing myself with this plugin. For me this is taking WordPress to another level, so I’m thrilled. I can’t say what I think of WPBakery Page Builder yet. Now it feels a bit restrictive in the sense that its default settings are determining what I do, but I think that’s because I don’t know it well yet.

So as to make the most of the CUNY Academic Commons WordPress community, I asked Matt if he could refer us to someone in the Commons for help, which he did. He sent us a load of documentation on how the Commons works, which I’ll have more to say about next week.

Long live kindness and collaborative work!

Earth’s increase, foison plenty,
Barns and garners never empty,
Vines and clustering bunches growing,
Plants with goodly burthen bowing;
Spring come to you at the farthest
In the very end of harvest!
Scarcity and want shall shun you;
Ceres’ blessing so is on you.

– Ceres, The Tempest, 1.1

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Journal Entry February 17th

Overall

It’s been a good week, with progress made and I feel exited about this course. It’s a privilege to have your idea be chosen as a project and it feels really great that the idea will now have a chance to be developed and be brought to life. I feel strongly for this topic and I am eager to explore and learn how to build a digital humanities project from the ground up. In Carolyn, I have found a great partner who is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and on the ball. She has also taken on the role of project manager, for which I am grateful. We have already developed a good working relationship and I feel confident that we will be able to bring this project to fruition in the best way possible. We met for a few hours this week, solidifying how to move forward.

Tools

This past week, Carolyn and I met with Stephen Zweibel, who is a Digital Librarian at the Graduate Center, who walked us through the possibilities that are available through Omeka, described as “a content management system for online digital collections”. This software is ideal for our purposes and we have decided to use the platform for our catalog of artwork for the Lost Art Collective database. Stephen also informed us that Omeka offers a GIS based mapping service called Neatline, which again perfectly suits our needs for the Lost Art Collective project. Our next tasks consist of being granted the permission to set up Omeka on a server, which is needed for the work to function optimally. The first step in getting the ball rolling has been to reach out to Joe at the New Media Lab on the 7th floor of the GC, where it so happens that both me and Carolyn have workstations.

Database

As mentioned in the “Revised Project Proposal”, the project will be based on the artwork presented in the French report “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage Toward a New Relational Ethics”, which explores the issue of restitution of African art currently in French possession. One of the tables included in the rapport will be unlock using a new converter tool I found online, which converts pdf’s to excel. Worth using for relatively tidy pdf’s.

https://www.pdftoexcel.com/

For the catalog included in the rapport, which includes name and image etc of the different artwork, exists in image form, which will pose a much larger challenge to unlock and might have to be dealt with manually.

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Journal Entry 1: Hannah House

 

Journal entry

Gregorian calendar date: 17 February 2019

 

Readers — feel free not to be. 

I was on the fence whether to post this publicly or privately. This will be boring and irrelevant to most of you, however I do like cheerleading great people in public (see mentions of my teammates in this post), so here in public we are.

The TRIKE group project is moving along at a brisk but sustainable clip. The team is working together well. Everyone is putting in good thinking and lots of effort. This is the most highly motivated and collaborative group with whom I’ve ever group-projecked.* 

My activities on this project so far include (but are not limited to) these below.

I am serving as project manager. In that capacity I set up a Slack workspace for our project, with a handful of channels dedicated to specific aspects. I integrated it with Google Drive. I also added in Giphy (opportunities for levity are good for morale). Rob added a task management function that he and Sabina are using as they work on the technical development side of the project. I’ll be checking that out too. It sounds great. This is my first time using Slack, though I’ve used other comparable platforms.

I created a robust work plan detailing activities and deliverables week by week through the semester. These are targets, not mandates. I got rave reviews on the previous iteration of my work plan from Matt Gold and Steve Brier. I’m good at breaking down tasks and estimating what is doable within various timing and resource constraints.

While we were discussing our technology options, I made a simple wireframe of desired site architecture. Sabina turned it into a basic working WordPress shell site with absolutely blinding speed. It was seriously in what felt like a few minutes. That helped change my mind on the following…

I confess I’d been hoping this project would be a chance to try out a minimal computing solution, so I was initially opposed to building this on WordPress. But I caved. WordPress makes sense for execution in this short timeframe as multiple team members already have experience with it. And it is pretty handy that it can be hosted for free on the Commons. Rob has extensive and valuable experience with WordPress deployments on the Commons. I’ve used WordPress before but I’m waffling on whether it’s where I want to invest my time. I do still want to learn a tech skill this semester, though, so I’m going to carve out time to help on a project up at Columbia where a DH friend is teaching me about static site generators (there are an infinite number of them, which feels vaguely ironic in the context of minimal computing). But I digress.

Natasha introduced the idea of having a theme to connect the datasets when she joined the team, which is a great way to make our project more cohesive. We are leaning toward a theme of datasets connected with Shakespeare’s the Tempest. Natasha mentioned that, “it has critical traditions within feminist studies, post colonial studies, queer theory, etc.” I am entirely ignorant of Shakespeare studies, but I’m happy to hear that about this play. I am going to have to read it (again – I made a point of reading most Shakespeare plays when I was 15 just to flex nerd**, but then a lot of bad things happened and my brain entirely overwrote that knowledge). I plan to read the Tempest next weekend.

The idea is we have at least 3 different types of datasets related to the theme. If mapping is appropriate for the Tempest I may do something critical of cartesian ways of knowing, and the mismatched levels of detail between geo coordinates and literary descriptions to supplement this project. I get pretty excited about that, and also about the implications of how metadata structures like TEI reduce friction to / privilege certain types of knowledge and analysis.

Nancy transformed our initial brainstorm on potential datasets and analysis types into a really well organized outline in a shared Google doc. We are having an active ongoing discussion about potential datasets, which tracks perfectly with our workplan.

Everything is going well.

 

* “group-projecked” should be a thing

** “flex nerd” is definitely now a thing

 

 

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Week 2 Reflection

Week 2 started with a high enthusiasm (at least on my end) after our Tuesday Google hangout meeting. The group discussed the aim of the project in more depth and defined future milestones. Being a communication designer, I know how important it is to define the target audience early, so I initiated the conversation. The crucial point was to decide whether we are keeping the project within the boundaries of racial injustice (as initially proposed) or expanding it to the broader audience– anyone who believes that their sense of freedom is being compromised. The group agreed that the project should target a wider audience.

We delegated the tasks among us, and I took upon myself to kick start the web development process by:
1. Starting to think about the branding: Created a moodboard Google Slide where we can share visual research and inspirations, along with market research. Market research will help us understand what is already out there in terms of visual representations of activist, social and political campaigns.

2. Creating the website wireframes. I will work on creating early wireframes using the software called Axure, so next time the group meets we will have something tangible in front of us to discuss.

3. I had a conversation with a friend who is a full-stack developer about the best and leanest way to approach this project from the development perspective. He suggested using React for front-end, a JavaScript library for building the interface. For the back-end he proposed Google’s Firebase, apparently, the platform offers some free data storage– we will need to look into that. Additionally Google offers CMS that supports Firebase and it’s called Firelink (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cw5ktNADBQ)

The next steps would be:

1. Talk about the website’s visual identity and what is the message and ‘tone of the voice’ that we would like to visually communicate.

2. Discuss the wireframes.

3. Conduct research about React and Firebase.

 

Digital Humanities Week

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of the workshops during the DH week. I am a single parent who is working full time and it is extremely difficult for me to plan any activity that is outside of my work/parent schedule. It would be wonderful if next DH week holds activities during the weekend or allow remote access.

 

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Carolyn A. McDonough — Personal Journal Entry 2/17/19

On Friday, Feb. 15, after attending the Alan Liu talk (which was intense and special) I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibition Jewelry The Body Transformed. Among the items on view is this Warrior’s Neck Ornament (above) which is displayed vertically. In the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris ( Lost Art Collective’s dataset) there’s an almost identical object of adornment catalogued as War Charm, which is displayed horizontally (below).

Both Warrior’s Neck Ornament and War Charm are from the same place of origin — Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea — and made of the same mixed media materials.

I wondered why War Charm was oriented horizontally when I first looked through the Chirac’s African art that we’re using as our dataset. Such horizontal-ity makes the War Charm hover and appear oddly “disembodied”, because it’s worn around the neck, presumably like a neck tie, and therefore, vertically. This horizontal mounting might be due to a curatorial choice or lack of expertise about the specific use of War Charm on the part of the Chirac. I will investigate.

I’m enjoying working with Camilla and serving as the Project Manager for Lost Art Collective. On Thursday, Feb. 14, Camilla and I met with Digital Librarian Stephen Zweibel regarding our project and an assessment of Omeka and Carto as our software. I set up the meeting and fortunately Stephen was able to meet with us at the time we requested. My train was a tad late, so I arrived 5 minutes after the appointed time, but I’d contacted both Camilla and Stephen that my train was running behind, and they kindly waited for me to screech in. Camilla was on time — thank you, Camilla, teamwork!

Stephen then escorted us to his office and we had a very cordial and productive meeting. He is incredibly knowledgeable and the best news of all was that he said we had an “excellent dataset”. This is to Camilla’s credit for her interest in the The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage Toward a New Relational Ethics report that Lost Art Collective is drawing data from. He also said Omeka and its plug-in Neatline, as well as Carto, and all “good fits” for our project and the work ahead of us of cataloguing artwork/artifacts, mapping and data vis. Omeka and Carto can also be integrated.

Stephen advised us on a matter that we will have to address which is that we will need the computational resource of an outside server in order to install the recommended plug-in to Omeka. I asked if this is something we could take up with the New Media Lab and he said we might be able to, which would be great as Camilla and I are both Graduate Student Researchers at the New Media Lab. Camilla offered to inquire with Joe Kirchoff of the NML about this.

After our meeting with Stephen, we went to the dining commons and had a nice lunch meeting together discussing the project’s next steps and an issue of concern to us, which is the absenteeism of the additional two group members. The distribution of labor in our group is and has been quite unequal, with Camilla and I having done 99% of the work thus far. We will address this during our group meeting in class on Feb. 19, because it’s an unavoidable discussion and an issue that must be addressed, and hopefully ameliorated, going forward.

After our lunch and 2+ hour meeting, I devoted a few hours to editing our Revised Project Plan, with Camilla’s ok as it was initially posted by her at the stroke of midnight on Feb. 10/Feb. 11 (we made the dealine!) I added images, links, such as to the report, and edited the language.

I’m both enthused about Lost Art Collective and aware of the massive amount of work ahead of us with data entry, back end management, communication, consultations, etc.

I’m enjoying the readings for class so far, esp. Todd Presner who I’m also citing in my Independent Study project, and between these two projects, I’m quite sure I’ll be spending many more hours like this…

~Carolyn

 

 

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Lost Art Collective — Revised Project Plan (edited)

Per a project meeting today with Camilla, please find the Lost Art Collective Revised Project Plan (edited below).

War Charm, Papua-New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, 20th century (wood, frigate bird feathers, leaves, beads, pigments and resin) Photo © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, photo by Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado

Team Members and Roles:

Carolyn A. McDonough: Project Manager/Researcher/Omeka set-up + data entry + updates

Camilla Skoglie: Web Developer, Visualizations, Researcher/ Omeka

Patty Accarino: Research/ Carto

Pamela Jean Stemberg: Research/ Carto

Abstract:

Lost Art Collective is an educational, digital component prototype to be used within an inter-sectional undergraduate course. With the course’s working title, Of Dubious Origin: The Complexities of Stolen Art Recovery, both the course and digital component will explore the complexities surrounding art theft, specifically, that of the removal of African art during French colonialism.  This digital component would be a required part of the coursework, inter-disciplinary in nature, and open to students of art history, digital humanities, interactive technology, history, African studies, and international law. Collaboration between students and the integration of digital tools in to research will be emphasized.

Dataset:

The LAC digital component will employ the artwork, cultural artifacts, information and data in the The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage Toward a New Relational Ethics report by Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte  Savoy (prepared with the assistance of the Inspector General of Cultural Affairs, the Institut des sciences sociales du politique, Ministere de la Cutlture, Universite’ Paris Nanterre and translated by Drew S. Burk) which was commissioned by and submitted to the French presidency in November 2018. The artwork and artifacts which appear in the report are currently housed in The Africa Collection of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum, Paris, France. The French president has named Savoy and Sarr in charge of a mission to study the restitution to various African countries of art and heritage pieces currently in France. (1) This pivotal and controversial report is receiving current media coverage and co-author Felwine Sarr delivered a talk titled Reopening the Future in December 2018 at The Cooper Union, New York.

French art historian and professor at the College de France in Paris and the Technishe Universitat of Berlin Bénédicte Savoy (R) and Senegalese economist and professor at the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis in Senegal Felwine Sarr (L) pose on March 21, 2018, in Paris. photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Environmental scan:

No comprehensive database/s exist/s for stolen African art or have been identified for this project plan thus far.

The LAC digital component could therefore potentially fill a void in current scholarship.

In general, the online information regarding stolen African art is sparse and scattered without a consolidated information locus online. An environmental scan sample indicates that the theft of African art is also not an often taught subject at universities. A few academic dissertations on the topic were found through search yields, as well as the research consortium Trafficking Culture which touts itself as an academic resource. However, online information and databases on the topic of stolen art tend to be broad in scope, such as Culture Crime, which has a compilation of articles and reports concerning all art theft.

Therefore, Lost Art Collective ascertains there are currently no similar projects on the topic of stolen African Art.

Software:

The project will make use of the following software:

Omeka for cataloging the artwork – creating a database unique to the project

Carto for mapping, telling the story of the artwork

Tableau, Flourish Studio for data visualization/s

The group members have different expertise with the different tools within cataloging, mapping, and visualization but would need some additional guidance with the aforementioned. Two group members are meeting with a digital librarian the week of Feb. 11 to inquire if Omeka is a good fit for the cataloguing, and, if so, to receive general guidance and information regarding Omeka. Online tutorials and the Digital Fellows are other support resources which may be sought.

Phases/Milestones:

Phase 1) Research and preparation to build Omeka catalogue: February 2 – 20

Phase 2) Database, content writing, data visualizations: February 20 – March 4

Phase 3) Omeka catalogue + Carto mapping: March 4 – April 4

Phase 4) Omeka catalogue + Carto mapping + Presentation Prep: April 4-May 2

Next Steps + Objectives + Future:

Next steps are to examine the data in the report, explore the chosen tools to begin building the database and visualizations (n.b. this may require an outside server and some training).

The Lost Art Collective project would serve two purposes:

1) to give students an opportunity to study a subject that deserves more academic attention. It would also enable students to make a contribution to a valid project while having the opportunity to learn how to use digital tools to assist in their scholarly work. Eventually the project would fill a gap in online access to information on the subject.

2) although not primarily aimed at the general public, Lost Art Collective could serve as a resource for individuals interested in accessing information on stolen African art.

Additionally, as noted above, The LAC digital component could potentially fill a void in current scholarship.

The prototype could be built upon by future cohorts who would add research through investigating additional museum collections and/or similar repositories, toward repatriation. A collective effort could eventually serve as an ongoing, evolving database project and resource for students and the general public seeking information on African art. Hence the name Lost Art Collective.

The repatriation/return of African artwork has a been a contentious issue for decades and with the 2018 French-prepared report, which recommended the repatriation of African art held in French museums, the issue will hopefully gain traction and receive more attention in the future.

written + posted by Camilla Skoglie, Feb. 10, 2019 — revised + edited + posted by Carolyn A. McDonough, Feb. 14, 2019 for Lost Art Collective Group, DH Praxis, Spring 2019

(1)“The Idea is Not to Empty the Museums” by Kate Brown, Jan. 24, 2019, artnews.net

 

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