Another perspective was to create the digital interpretation, as a means of standardizing the process, in an Open Linked Data format to start with. Once it is created, let the developers, researchers and others take the data and do something with it. Let’s see what they do with it. Is this a way to take ancient art to the masses? Does this facilitate a way for people, not from a traditional art history background, to do something that hasn’t been thought of before?
A challenge the art historians saw was, what if things are created that may not be accurate from an art historian’s perspective? Is this alright? Does the data interpretation need to be protected? Answering these questions traced back to what is the purpose of creating the digital interpretation of the art? Having an understanding of what the project focuses on and what its outputs need to be, this will be what drives answers to these questions…mostly.
As we move towards the Open Linked Data format, do we need to give up control of the data? Is it really giving up control of the data or is it the interpretations of the art that need to be let go of? What might come of ancient art understanding when the digital interpretation is released in a way that it can be processed by anyone and not only that, it can be processed machine to machine?