A Content Analysis of Digital Art History Publishing Platforms Public Deposited

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  • May 15, 2019
  • McGurrin, Veronica
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • The landscape of art history publishing has vastly shifted in the past decade as it transitions to a digital world. While various constraints have hindered the growth of digital art history publishing, cultural institutions have now started to create comprehensive publications. This paper presents a content analysis of three different art history publishing platforms: the Getty Institute’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative, Canadian Online Art Book Project, and Artifex Press. The results of the study show that the majority of the publications focus on white, male, Western artists reinforcing canonical ideas of art history. Important structural trends are apparent from the analysis that can be utilized to examine future publications. The conclusion of the paper highlights the various new publications that have emerged since the start of the project, further reinforcing the idea that art history publishing is truly at a tipping point in regard to the proliferation of digital formats.
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  • Bauer, JJ
  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • Library and Information Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2020
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  • 85ae5c40-de31-4c45-bdf2-804e598d50a6

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