Reflecting on the technical development of the Mapping Sculpture project

Anderson, I.G. and Barr, M. (2012) Reflecting on the technical development of the Mapping Sculpture project. Sculpture Journal, 21(2), pp. 99-108. (doi:10.3828/sj.2012.21)

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Abstract

This paper explains, evaluates and reflects on the technical challenges and opportunities that underpin both the Mapping Sculpture project and its mobile interface. It provides insights into the development process as an integral component of the research methodology, and highlights the importance of meaningful collaboration between researchers and software developers. Just as the project questions the conventional notion of the lone sculpture practitioner, so the technical development needed to mirror the complex web of connections between people, places, objects, organizations and events through enabling large-scale, distributed and collaborative research. Enabling access to these rich resources on mobile devices was a further innovative and challenging development, but one that opens up the possibility for fresh modes of access and development of new audiences. The success of this technical development offers a model for representing complex relationships hidden in multiple sources, enabling innovative research and enhancing access.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Information studies, digital humanities, systems development, online, web, mobile, sculpture
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Matthew and Anderson, Dr Ian
Authors: Anderson, I.G., and Barr, M.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Sculpture Journal
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
ISSN:1366-2724
ISSN (Online):1756-9923
Published Online:28 November 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Liverpool University Press
First Published:First published in Sculpture Journal 21(2):99-108
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
535171Mobilising 'Mapping Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951Alison YarringtonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/H037764/1CCA - HISTORY OF ART
451081Mapping the practice and profession of sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951Alison YarringtonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/E00864X/1CCA - HISTORY OF ART
451082Mapping the practice and profession of sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951Alison YarringtonBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)07-016-4920-scuCCA - HISTORY OF ART