New Publication

The Replica Project: Co-Designing a Discovery Engine for Digital Art History

Our Local Time Machine Officer Isabella di Lenardo recently published a new article about the LTM project “Replica”, a cooperative initiative by the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, the Digital Humanities Laboratory of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Factum Arte.

The project “Replica” started off in 2016 with a large-scale digitisation in the Giorgio Cini Foundation’s photo library, housing one of the largest art history photo archives in Italy and one of the most important in Europe. Through the involvement of researchers from different areas of expertise, the project constantly evolved, creating a virtuous and mutually enriching partnership enhancing the Foundation’s historical heritage, from digitisation to valorisation and online publication for communities of young scholars from all over the world.

Isabella di Lenardo’s article also shows how this mode of cooperation can become a model for other cases where digitisation of heritage, conducted jointly between a heritage institution, a research institution and a stakeholder involved in the vanguard of digitisation techniques, can follow a development pipeline from document digitization to making the document available to the public.

Enjoy the read!