On September 26th, the Cultural Research Network Steering Committee member W.F. Umi Hsu organized a Virtual Study Group to explore open data sources in arts research.
Arts and cultural data have been made available than ever. This Virtual Study Group explores the affordances of data sharing and public data in applied arts research. These emerging data practices result in research events like the Arts Access Datathon and tools such as open data portals, public art archive, open source cultural heritage work (Loca Preservation School), data-informed policy map (CultureBlocks), and arts programming (e.g. placemaking and public art, ex. Monument Lab). They provide open and potentially collaborative modalities for research in government agencies, public-sector/nonprofit arts research, and artist-driven projects in social practice and creative placemaking. This VSG features speakers who are arts researchers forging new paths with practices in related fields such as civic technology, digital design, and digital cultural heritage.
- Monument Lab: Laurie Allen
- CultureBlocks: Lindsay Tucker So
- Open data in historic preservation: Eli Pousson
Produced and moderated by W.F. Umi Hsu (CRN Steering Committee Member; Digital Strategist, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs)