Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT) Seminar

Friday, 20 April 2012, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks), Science Park, room C1.112

Under the CCCT umbrella, researchers from the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting on information-rich research topics. CCCT is organising a bi-monthly seminar in which one of the three faculties hosts speakers from the other two to report on research activities that are of shared interest.

– Prof. dr. Richard Rogers (Mediastudies, FGw, UvA)

Situating Digital Methods in Digital Humanities, E-Sciences, Web Science, Data Science and the Computational Turn.
How productive is the ontological distinction between the natively digital and the digitized, that is, between the objects, content, devices and environments that are “born” in the new medium, as opposed to those that have “migrated” to it? Should the current methods of study change, however slightly or wholesale, given the focus on objects and content of the medium? The research program put forward here thereby engages with “virtual methods” that import standard methods from the social sciences and the humanities. That is, the distinction between the natively digital and the digitized also could apply to current research methods. What kind of Internet research may be performed with methods that have been digitized vis-à-vis those that are natively digital (such as recommendation systems and folksonomy)? I strive to shift the attention from the opportunities afforded by transforming ink into bits, and instead inquire into how research with the Internet may move beyond the study of online culture only. How to capture and analyze hyperlinks, tags, search engine results, archived Websites, and other digital objects? How may one learn from how online devices (e.g., engines and recommendation systems) make use of the objects, and how may such uses be repurposed for social and cultural research? Ultimately, I propose a research practice that grounds claims about cultural change and societal conditions in online dynamics, introducing the term “online groundedness.”

– Dr. Marten Jan Bok (Kunsthistorisch Instituut, FGw, UvA)

Why art historians are late adaptors: art history and information technology.
Historical disciplines have been relatively late adaptors to information technology. In this lecture, I will argue that this is only partially to blame on the culture and traditions within these fields. The main reason is, that for a long time information technology was too ‘primitive’ to be of great help to art historians, considering the often ‘fuzzy’ data that they are dealing with. I will explore where most progress is to be expected in the near future.

– Prof. dr. Rens Bod (FGw/FNWI)

Date and Time
Friday, 20 April 2012, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks)

UvA Science Park, room C1.112
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Richard Rogers is University Professor and holds the Chair in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is Director of, the group responsible for the Issue Crawler and other info-political tools, and the Digital Methods Initiative, reworking method for Internet research. Among other works, Rogers is author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 best book of the year by the American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). His latest book, Digital Methods, is to be published by MIT Press.

Dr. Marten Jan Bok is associate professor of Art History of the Early Modern Period at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the history of the art market and on artists’ biographies. He has been leading, with Eric Jan Sluijter, the NWO program Economic and Artistic Competition in the Amsterdam Art Market, c. 1630-1690; History Painting in Rembrandt’s Time. He has published widely on Dutch painting from the Golden Age, including monographs on the painters Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (with Gary Schwartz) and Abraham Bloemaert (with Marcel Roethlisberger).

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