We are pleased to announce the launch of the Hypotheses research blog verso, a platform for short, illustrated essays dealing with the history, methodology, technology and use of the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance. Verso will offer members of the Census staff, database users, collaborators and fellows a venue in which to discuss their experiences working with the project. Essays discussing research that has resulted from an engagement with the Census, or methodological reflections upon the project are welcome. The site is intended to serve as a platform for discussion open to the wider community.
The title verso pays homage to the way in which Phyllis Pray Bober, Ruth Rubinstein and others added their own handwritten notes on the backs of Census photographs and index cards during the era in which the analogue Census was built. In the spirit of these collaborative annotations, contributions are sought that offer ‘behind the scenes’ reflections on the Census project, its meaning, its history, its relationship with the field of digital humanities, and its future.