Georeferencing the British Library’s Map Collection

Posted in opportunities, resources by Editor on March 26, 2015

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A recent posting at at the British Library’s Maps and Views blog (25 March 2015) describes the latest phase of the project to georeference the BL’s map collection. As a crowdsourcing project, it’s fascinating. And even if you’re not interested in contributing your time, there are lots of resources already available (to search for maps previously georeferenced, use the map portal Old Maps Online, which searches across numerous online map collections, including the British Library). The video below provides an effective introduction to the basic concept of georeferencing. CH

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From the BL’s Georeference Home:

Help! British Library needs 50,000+ maps georeferenced

6a00d8341c464853ef01b7c76ad044970bYou can join the latest phase of our project, which features over 50,000 more maps from the British Library collections. Help us identify accurate locations for these historic maps! Bear in mind that some places have changed significantly or disappeared completely, creating a puzzle that reveals an exciting contrast.

Your name will be credited, and your efforts will significantly improve public access to these collections. Contributors can see the results of their work, as well as the progress of the pilot and other participants, and the top contributor will be publicly announced.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art | European Decorative Arts, 1600–1900

Posted in opportunities by Editor on March 26, 2015

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From Sotheby’s Institute of Art:

Summer Study in London | European Decorative Arts: From Baroque to Art Nouveau
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, 26 May — 19 June 2015

Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Summer Study programme offers intensive short courses in areas of art business, art history and finance. The programme is designed for undergraduates, career changers, study abroad participants and those interested in art and cultural history. This summer the Institute is offering a four-week intensive and immersive European Decorative Art course.

Beginning in the seventeenth century with the rise of the Baroque and culminating in Art Nouveau at the end of the nineteenth, this varied and exciting course provides a comprehensive understanding of key stylistic developments in Western European design and the decorative arts. The course focuses on furniture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, explored within the context of architecture and interiors and the broader historical and cultural forces that have influenced the production and consumption of decorative art objects. It seeks also to provide students with a basic knowledge of materials and techniques.

A diverse programme of lectures is complemented by visits to leading museums, galleries and historic houses. Students will make a private visit to Sotheby’s Warehouse, to see art objects consigned for sale and learn about the auction process, and will also have the opportunity to visit the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair. The teaching approach is object-based and enables students to gain confidence in analyzing and identifying a wide range of art objects. Students are taught by a range of in-house tutors and visiting experts from the art world; the course is led by Jane Gardiner and Helena Pickup.  For a single course, the fee is £2,650.

Suggested Reading

Gere, C. and M. Whiteway. Nineteenth-Century Design from Pugin to Mackintosh. 1993.
Riley, N. (ed.). The Elements of Design. 2003.
Snodin, M. and J. Styles (eds.). Design and the Decorative Arts: Georgian Britain, 1714–1837. 2004.
Thornton, Peter. Seventeenth-Century Interior Decoration in England, France and Holland. 1981.