Please Note: The Editors do not want descriptions or overviews of how a given resource functions. Some description is of course needed but the reviewer should always think critically about the design choices and ways in which to interact with the content. In some cases, a resource’s platform or a website’s look and feel may be surpassed by the quality of the content. This is important to note. And if reviewing a relatively new resource, reviewers should be prepared to do a little research on the company, who the CEO is, what the mission is, etc. This will be important if, in the reviewer's estimation, the resource does not meet the goal.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them (email@example.com). Once assigned a review, reviewers will have until Monday, July 2, 2018 to submit their reviews.
Resources for Review: We seek reviewers for the following resources.
1. Art Tracks: http://www.museumprovenance.org2. Bibliotheca Palatina – Digital: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/en/bpd/index.html3. Cities and Memory: https://citiesandmemory.com/sound-map/4. The Cultural Histories Series: https://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/5. Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/online/drawn-to-greatness6. Edcat: https://edcat.net/7. New Directory of Art Historians: http://www.arthistorians.info/8. Rembrandt Database: http://www.rembrandtdatabase.org/Rembrandt/
*The snippets below are taken from each resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors.
1) Art Tracks: http://www.museumprovenance.orgArt Tracks is an initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) that aims to turn provenance in to structured data by building a suite of open source software tools. These tools transform traditional written provenenance records into searchable data, with an emphasis on existing data standards and a strong focus on building tools that are useful (and usable) across multiple institutions.
2) Bibliotheca Palatina – Digital: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/en/bpd/index.htmlA Virtual Reconstruction of the Former Crown Jewel of Germany's LibrariesOne of the consequences of the Thirty Years' War was that the most important collection of books in the 17th century Holy Roman Empire, the Bibliotheca Palatina, was divided between two principal locations: Heidelberg and the Vatican. Since 2001, Heidelberg University Library has been working on several projects that aim to digitize parts of this great collection, the final goal being a complete virtual reconstruction of the 'mother of all libraries'
3) Cities and Memory: https://citiesandmemory.com/sound-map/Cities and Memory is a global field recording & sound art project that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at time.
4) The Cultural Histories Series: https://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/The Cultural Histories Series offers an authoritative survey of a wide range of subjects throughout history. Each subject is looked at in Antiquity, the Medieval Age, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire and the Modern Age and thematic coverage is consistent across all periods so that users can either gain a broad overview of a period or follow a theme through the ages** Reviewer will have access to the trial subscription.
5) Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/online/drawn-to-greatnessThis online exhibition was created in conjunction with the Morgan Library's exhibition Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection, on view September 29, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
6) Edcat: https://edcat.net/edcat is an open catalogue for art editions and publications. Search a fast growing database of artists publications. On edcat you can manage your edition collection and your watchlist, sell and buy them on the marketplace. Contribute and help building the best resource for artists’ editions.
7) New Directory of Art Historians: http://www.arthistorians.info/A thirty-year-old resource emerged today as a modern reference tool for art history. The Dictionary of Art Historians, http://www.arthistorians.info/, announced a new interface, data structure, and user options, the product of a year-long redesign. The original tool, a website since 1996, was developed privately by Lee Sorensen, the art and visual studies librarian at Duke University. Duke’s Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture sponsored the project beginning in 2016. The new DAH offers searchable data on over 2400 art historians, museum directors, and art-writers of western art from all time periods.
8) Rembrandt Database: http://www.rembrandtdatabase.org/Rembrandt/The Rembrandt Database is an inter-institutional research resource for information and documentation on paintings by Rembrandt – or attributed to him, either now or in the past – in museums around the world. The Rembrandt Database is open to anyone, but focuses on academic and museum professionals and students. The database is still in the development stage. The contents and functionalities of this website are being improved and expanded continuously.