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Master of the Fogg Pieta art researcher collaboration site (Austin Nevin)


The MFPMFP project is devoted to art research of a particular master (see project goals). It's coordinated by Austin Nevin who's a RS Advisor.
The site is at Austin was kind enough to make us a login: "Ontotext". Ask Vlado for the password. If we want Admin access, we can also get that.

Lessons to be Learned

This site is a very good example of how art researchers actually do what RS sets out to do.
It's built with string and duct tape (Joomla, a few image tools, FTS), but it's full of interesting substantial discussions: it's alive.
I think that it teaches us something extremely important:

The rich variety of research discourse, and that if we try to structure and straight-jacket all of it, we'll fail

MFPMFP participants do want to put some more structure in:

  • Caroline: concerned about meta data - what categories we are using - and its consistency betweeen the partners. Are we going to set protocols for this?
  • Austin: an important aspect of the files will be keywords and file names as well as file folders - I have tried to set up a tree for <painting> which effectively separate files - X-rays, IR, details, context. In order to facilitate the use of key words, I am starting a list of words for keywords which we can use

But still, looking at all the discussions, I think that the free-flowing stuff may be more important than the structured stuff.

Site Features


It's easy for a user to get lost, especially after a FTS. The breadcrumb helps, eg:

Home > Index > Technique - Ground and preparation > Question on the geometrical planning ..

"Random" images

I thought images would always be linked to a cultural object. Not necessarily.
People take pictures of the team, setting, a business trip, etc: it's all part of the social aspect of collaboration

Site Updates

  • Nice 2-column layout.
  • Each item includes its important images
  • Not sure if this is completely automatic, or there was some manual adjustment.
  • Comments are considered less substantive than Pages, so they are on a separte list (Recent comments vs Recent additions)


Something trivial that we may have forgot: news.
These are comments (not about specific objects) that are of importance for the project as a whole.
They should appear on a separate page, sorted by date (date sorting is missing in the MFPMFP news)

Structured data

Object Condition Report

  • plenty of metadata we can look at, in order to expand our horizons about possible future data we need to accommodate
    • eg "Height- left-hand side-37.5cm, right-hand side-36.5cm" can be expressed as "Height 36.5-37.5 cm", but we lose a bit of info regarding which number was measured where
    • eg "Technique/Media: Egg tempera on poplar panel (untested)" shows that often art researchers express Technique/material and Support in one sentence, and a type/status "untested" to
  • detail: The painting is on a poplar wood panel made up of a single plank of flatsawn wood that appears to be the original primary support. The grain of the wood runs horizontally across the painting’s width...
  • This clearly maps to E14 Condition Assessment@crm, E3 Condition State@crm. See condition@crmg for a diagram. But to structure it fully is a lot of work. Eg one could use P5 consists of@crm to break the condition state of the overall painting to its constituents (condition of support, condition of paint, etc).


  • Investigations:

  • Images and Resources
    • Albums - each folder with paintings is called Album. Under albums are kept also any referential materials and software for downloads, as it is seen in the screenshot
    • Albums could be organized in Sub-albums. Actions in both albums and sub-albums are the same.

– Photos in albums

  • Discussions

Name Size Creator Creation Date Comment  
PDF File Master of the Fogg Pieta abstract (... 57 kB Vladimir Alexiev Oct 06, 2011 11:37  
PDF File Master of the Fogg Pieta descriptio... 35 kB Vladimir Alexiev Oct 06, 2011 11:37  
PNG File mfpmfp_Scr1.png 199 kB Maria Todorova Oct 09, 2011 11:32    
PNG File mfpmfp_Scr2.png 419 kB Maria Todorova Oct 09, 2011 11:42    
PNG File mfpmfp_Scr3.png 1.10 MB Maria Todorova Oct 09, 2011 11:46    
PNG File mfpmfp_Scr4.png 307 kB Maria Todorova Oct 09, 2011 12:05    
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