As digital technologies occupy a more central role in working and everyday human life, individual and social realities are increasingly constructed and communicated through digital objects, which are progressively replacing and representing physical objects. They are even shaping new forms of virtual reality. This growing digital transformation coupled with technological evolution and the development of computer computation is shaping a cyber society whose working mechanisms are grounded upon the production, deployment, and exploitation of big data. In the arts and humanities, however, the notion of big data is still in its embryonic stage, and only in the last few years, have arts and cultural organizations and institutions, artists, and humanists started to investigate, explore, and experiment with the deployment and exploitation of big data as well as understand the possible forms of collaborations based on it.

Big Data in the Arts and Humanities: Theory and Practice explores the meaning, properties, and applications of big data. This book examines therelevance of big data to the arts and humanities, digital humanities, and management of big data with and for the arts and humanities. It explores the reasons and opportunities for the arts and humanities to embrace the big data revolution. The book also delineates managerial implications to successfully shape a mutually beneficial partnership between the arts and humanities and the big data- and computational digital-based sciences.

Big data and arts and humanities can be likened to the rational and emotional aspects of the human mind. This book attempts to integrate these two aspects of human thought to advance decision-making and to enhance the expression of the best of human life.

section I|2 pages

Understanding Big Data in Arts and Humanities

chapter 1|12 pages

Literature Review on Big Data: What Do We Know So Far?

BySusanne Durst, Helio Aisenberg Ferenhof, Bahram Hooshyar Yousefi

chapter 2|12 pages

Toward a Data-Driven World: Challenges and Opportunities in Arts and Humanities

ByDaniela Carlucci, Giovanni Schiuma, Francesco Santarsiero

chapter 4|10 pages

Toward “Big Data” in Museum Provenance

ByJeffrey Smith

chapter 5|12 pages

From Big Data to Thick Data: Theory and Practice

ByPaul Moore

section II|2 pages

Digital Humanities

chapter 6|12 pages

Big Data and the Coming Historical Revolution: From Black Boxes to Models

ByIan Milligan, Robert Warren

chapter 7|12 pages

Use of Big Data in Historical Research

ByRichard A. Hawkins

section III|2 pages

Managing Big Data with and for Arts and Humanities

chapter 10|12 pages

Toward a Data Culture in the Cultural and Creative Industries

ByCimeon Ellerton

chapter 12|16 pages

Visualization of Scientific Image Data as Art Data

ByJo Berry

chapter 13|15 pages

Museums, Archives, and Universities—Structuring Future Connections with Big Data

ByJane Milosch, Michael J. Kurtz, Gregory J. Jansen, Andrea Hull, Richard Marciano

chapter 14|16 pages

Mobile Technology to Contribute Operatively to the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage

ByFabrizio Terenzio Gizzi, Beniamino Murgante, Marilisa Biscione, Maria Danese, Maria Sileo, Maria Rosaria Potenza, Nicola Masini

chapter 15|16 pages

Artists, Data, and Agency in Smart Cities

ByRoz Stewart-Hall, Martha King