Eleven contributors to this volume reflect upon the unprecedented ways in which digital media have been transforming art practice, study and education. The authors - researchers, teachers, custodians of art collections and picture libraries, and an artist - cover a wide range of issues, arguing for a more profound understanding of digital culture. With the benefit of hindsight it is now possible to look at futures past and assess the disparities between earlier visions of the future and reality. Frank accounts are given of projects which had promised great advances but failed to deliver, and others that have not only survived but continue to flourish. Another account demonstrates how an individual can make a difference to students' learning by applying new technologies in a very pragmatic way. One of the most exciting advancements hinted at in this volume are the ways in which communities of interest are developing shared resources and cultivating a richer use of common vocabulary and standards to transmit an abundance of knowledge and experience. A look forward to the Semantic Web promises an even wider sharing of knowledge.
Anna Bentkowska-Kafel is imaging officer for the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, United Kingdom. Trish Cashen is a member of the faculty of arts at the Open University, United Kingdom. Hazel Gardiner is senior project officer at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, Kings College, London, United Kingdom. "
Part One: 'Experimental Interaction, Chapter 1: 'Painting Digital, Letting Go' - Page 5 - James Faure Walker Chapter 2: 'Microanalysis as a Means to Mediate Digital Arts' - Page 13 - Matthias Weiss Chapter 3: 'Indexed Lights' - Page 25 - Pierre R. Auborion Part Two: 'Educating with Computers, Chapter 4: 'A Computer in the Art Room' - Page 31 - Catherine Mason Chapter 5: 'Learning Resources for Teaching History of Art in Higher Education' - Page 43 - Jutta Vinaent Part Three: 'Projects and Archives: Histories and Resurgence, Chapter 6: 'Sourcing the Index: Iconography and it Debt to Photography' - Page 55 - Colum Hourihane Chapter 7: 'The Medium was the Method: Photography and Iconography at the Index of Christian Art' - Page 63 - Andrew E. Hershberger Chapter 8: 'The Good, The Bad and the Accessible: Thirty Years of Using New Technologies in BIAD Archives' - Page 77 - Sian Everitt Part Four: 'Online Information: Looking Back and Looking Forward, Chapter 9: 'Object Information at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Successes and Failures in Web Delivery' - Page 87 - Melanie Rowntree Chapter 10: 'This is the Modern World: Collaborating with ARTstor' - Page 103 - Vickie O'Riordan Chapter 11: 'Towards a Semantic Web: The Role of Ontologies in the Literary Domain' - Page 109 - Luciani Bordoni