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New Book from Visualizing Venice

February 19, 2018
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105


Members of Wired! and Visualizing Venice are pleased to announce the publication of Visualizing Venice: Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. This book presents the ways in which the use of innovative technology can provide new and fascinating stories about places and times within history. It explores the variety of disciplines and analytical methods generated by technologies such as 3D images and interoperable models, GIS mapping and historical cartography, databases, video animations, and applications for mobile devices and the web.

Please join the editors and authors of Visualizing Venice: Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City on Monday, February 19, at 6:30PM, for a panel conversation and celebration in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to the Facebook event.



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Bruzelius to speak at Save Venice Boston

February 6, 2018

Wired! Lab and Visualizing Venice co-founder Professor Caroline Bruzelius will speak as part of Save Venice Boston’s annual lecture series on February 6, 2018. Bruzelius’ lecture “Visualizing Venice: The Story of a City Through Maps and Models” will explore the international collaboration’s structure and its use of 3D modeling and mapping methodologies to create a visual history of Venice. More information about the lecture may be found here. The poster below provides further information about the series.

Poster for Save Venice Boston 2018 Lecture Series, page 1.Poster for Save Venice Boston 2018 Lecture Series, page 2.


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Building Duke Becomes Bass Connections Project Team

January 17, 2018

Interested in joining the team? Stop by the Bass Connections Projects Fair on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 between 2:30-5:30PM, attend the Bass Connections Information Session on February 9th, and submit an application by February 16th, 2018, at 5:00PM.

Members of the Wired! Lab, in collaboration with Duke Libraries, have received a Bass Connections Project Grant for “Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present.” The project, set to begin in the 2018-19 academic year, is part of a new three-year initiative that will explore the conception, design, and construction of the Duke University campus as well as its changes and expansions.

The Bass Connections project will combine historical research with digital technologies to develop a chronology of Duke’s buildings, landscape, and infrastructure from conception to land acquisition, design, and construction. The project will also produce a series of thematic narratives that explore patronage and financing, materials and labor, architectural and landscape design techniques, and issues of identity, gender, class, and race.

The 2018-19 team will focus on the identification, collection, organization, and digitization of textual and visual material from the University Archives. This data will be structured in a relational database that will serve as the project’s core and support the following two years of data analysis and output.

Building Duke will intersect with Digital Durham, adopting the model of some of the digital tools developed by Digital Durham and will expand upon the Statues Speak project to incorporate a broader range of sculpted works across campus.

Four graduate students and six undergraduates will be chosen from a variety of fields across the university to conduct primary source research, contribute to publications, and develop written and digital skills including database design, website design, content management, and 3D modeling. Graduate students will have the opportunity to serve as project manager, graduate assistants, or instructional assistants.


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Mapping the Journey of Marble: MA Student Stephanie Manning’s Digital Thesis Project

January 16, 2018

Stephanie Manning

M.A. in Digital Art History student Stephanie Manning conducted her thesis on the applications of GIS on the logistics of material transportation in Ancient Rome. She focused on a site-specific case study – the Baths of Caracalla (the largest surviving bathing complex in Rome), and mapped the marble quarries supplying the baths using ArcGIS Pro.

The Baths of Caracalla

Screenshot from Manning’s StoryMap presentation. Blue points denote locations of ancient marble quarries.

The goal of this project was to measure the difficulty of transportation (accounting for slope and means of transport) and to determine through cost distance analysis the least-cost path that would have most likely been taken to reach Rome from the various marble quarries.

Screenshot from Manning’s StoryMap presentation; the Process section describes her methodology.

Stephanie spent her summer researching the process of designing her own Agent-Based Model and using it to perform cost distance analysis. She also travelled to Italy to visit the site of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome to get an accurate understanding of the scale of the complex, as well as to take several images of any marble fragments remnant in the structure. She visited other monumental bathing complexes in Italy, including the Baths of Diocletian and the Stabian Baths in Pompeii for comparison and use of materials.

Screenshot of Manning’s StoryMap presentation; showing the least cost paths that workers may have used to transport marble from quarries across the Roman Empire to the Baths of Caracalla.

The Baths of Diocletian. Rome, Italy.

Through this GIS model, Stephanie tells the story of the difficulty of transporting marble across the Roman Empire for a monumental construction project. Despite the limited technology of the time, the Romans had devised a highly efficient system involving a vast network of roads and sea routes to transfer materials from supply to site. She brings the map to life through the digital and interactive ESRI Story Map online, and provides open-source data to future scholars interested in historical GIS applications.  | Link to Story Map:

Screenshot of Manning’s cost distance analysis.

Professor Sheila Dillon advised Manning’s thesis with Dr. Edward Triplett providing GIS advising.


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Jaskot to speak at Research Computing Symposium

January 22, 2018
Penn Pavilion, Duke West Campus


Wired! Lab director Paul Jaskot will be one of two keynote speakers at Duke’s annual Research Computing Symposium on January 22, 2018. He’ll be speaking on how data, and especially GIS, have shaped his research. The symposium will also feature a report on Research Computing’s past year and plans for the future, a competitive poster session, and a tabling session.

The symposium will be held in Penn Pavilion on Duke’s West Campus. All are welcome. If you plan to attend, please register.

Image Credits: Duke Research Computing

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A Tour of A Portrait of Venice

December 14, 2017

Thanks to our friends at Duke’s Academic Media Services, we’re pleased to share a virtual tour of A Portrait of Venice, narrated by curator Kristin Huffman. The exhibition will be at the Nasher Museum of Art through December 31st!


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Announcing the Visualizing Venice 2018 Summer Institute

September 20, 2017

**UPDATE: The Call for Proposals has been posted here. The deadline to apply is January 5, 2018.**

The Wired! Lab and its Visualizing Venice collaborators are excited to announce a new Visualizing Venice Summer Institute: Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks!

This Getty Foundation supported workshop will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.

Participants will gather from June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy at Venice International University, with follow-up activities taking place over the course of the 2018-19 academic year, and leading into a follow-on gathering in Summer of 2019 that will operate as a writing and digital publication workshop, building upon work done over the course of the year by the project teams and in collaboration with our wider network.

We anticipate bringing together approximately 7-8 teams of 2-3 participants drawn from an international set of collaborators focused on scaling up an existing Digital Art History project, with special attention to projects focused on the intersection of mapping and modeling, and those thematized around Visualizing Cities.

Alumni/ae of our previous Visualizing Venice workshops are especially encouraged to apply.

Support for this Visualizing Venice program is provided by the Getty Foundation, as part of its Digital Art History initiative. Organizing partners include Venice International UniversityDuke University‘s Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture, and the University of Padua‘s Architecture and Engineering program.

The workshop Teaching Team includes

Senior Advisors:

Workshop Leaders:

  • Mark Olson, Assistant Professor,  Duke University (Co-PI)
  • Victoria Szabo, Associate Research Professor, Duke University (PI)

Lecturers and Discussion Leaders:

  • Hannah Jacobs, IT Analyst and Digital Humanities Specialist, Duke University
  • Ed Triplett, Lecturing Fellow, Duke University

Guest Lecturers:

See the workshop website for more information.

An Undergraduate Fellow’s Experience at The Frick

November 15, 2017

Gaby Bloom is a current Wired! Fellow who interned at the Frick Collection in New York this past summer. Here she describes her work with Wired! and how she was able to apply this experience at the Frick:

I have been working in the Wired! Lab since my sophomore year when I started working with Professor Huffman on her project, A Portrait of Venice. During this time, I used Neatline and Omeka to map out the provenance of paintings owned by prominent collectors in Venice during the sixteenth century. I learned how to use the software and developed a strong interest in studying provenance. When I returned from my semester abroad in Aix en Provence, France, last spring, I joined Professor Galletti on her project, Paris of Waters. I studied secondary source documents and then began compiling a dataset of fountains in Paris. I will continue working on this project this year.

This past summer, I interned at the Frick Collection’s Digital Art History Lab, which is connected to the Frick Art Reference Library. I worked specifically on the Frick’s Vermeer database, enhancing the database. I also researched visualization tools and used these tools to display data from the Vermeer database. The research experience and skills I learned in the Wired! Lab really helped me to excel in my internship. My supervisors valued my knowledge of Omeka and Neatline as well as my knowledge of other visualization tools. By the end of my internship, I had created a timeline of Vermeer attributions (screenshot shown above). I mapped out five different catalogue raisonnés to examine the occurrence of different paintings in Vermeer literature. This internship enabled to learn about the inner workings of an art museum as well as to expand my knowledge about the art world, and the Wired! Lab helped me get there!

Image Credit: Gaby Bloom

The Lives of Places & Things: International Joint Workshop

November 20, 2017 — November 21, 2017
University of Padua

**UPDATE: A micro-recap of the symposium.**

Members of Visualizing Venice, including Wired! Lab faculty and faculty and students from the University of Padua and Nanyang Technological University, are presenting their research methods and pedagogical practices in an international workshop held at the University of Padua November 20-21, 2017. November 20th will focus on the project “The Lives of Cities: Maritime Famagusta” while November 21st will focus on “The Lives of Places and Things: Heritage Visualization,” featuring research from both the University of Padua and the Wired! Lab at Duke University. The full program is available here. The symposium web page is here.


Caroline Bruzelius

Andrea Giordano

Kristin Huffman

Paul Jaskot

Mark Olson

Victoria Szabo

Michael Walsh


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