Digital Humanities

Collaborations between humanists and technologists

As the first art history institute created in the digital age, the O'Donnell Institute strives to explore scholarly activity at the intersection of digital technology and the humanities.

Data-Driven Art History with Dr. Maximilian Schich's Cultural Science Lab brought together humanistic inquiry and scientific methods of analysis to explore culture as a complex system.

Schich's process of understanding art and culture as driven primarily by qualitative humanistic inquiry used technology in data collection, material analysis, visualization, and ever closer or more distant readings than possible with the naked eye.

This video depicts European birth to death network dynamics 0 to 2012 CE according to "deceased persons" in Freebase.com. The video was first published as Movie S1 in the article "A Network Framework of Cultural History" by Schich et al. in Science Magazine on August 1, 2014.

Collaborative research in the group of Maximilian Schich addressed questions and challenges of art, architectural, and cultural history, using a multidisciplinary approach that integrates qualitative inquiry and observation with methods of computation, natural science, and information design.

Research in the Cultural Science Lab was collaborative and took place in an environment inspired by think tanks, design studios, and laboratories.