PhD Projects: Lloyd Roderick

Project title: Kyffin Williams Online: presenting and interpreting art in a digital context

Date: 2011-2015

Researcher: Dr Gareth Lloyd Roderick

University partner: School of Art, Aberystwyth University

Supervisors: Prof. Robert Meyrick (School of Art, Aberystwyth University)

 Prof. Lorna Hughes (University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections at National Library of Wales)

Funding: Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) funded by European Social Fund Convergence Programme.

Project Outline:

This project used ideas around space, place and landscape to investigate the work of Kyffin Williams; his relationship with the National Library of Wales and the artist’s position within the canon of Welsh art history.  This inquiry informed the development of a prototype digital resource to display the digitised Sir Kyffin Williams Bequest Collection of the National Library of Wales.  In doing so, the project addressed the restrictions of using digitally reproduced art works for research and to use digitally-specific methods to interpret visual culture.  Over the course of the project, Lloyd Roderick presented his research on art collections of the National Library at conferences including the Art Libraries Society Annual Conference (Cardiff, 2015); Yale Center for British Art Wales – Ial – Yale Symposium, 2014); Global iSchool at International Conference on Theories & Practices of Digital Libraries (Valletta, 2013); Computers & History of Art Annual Conference (London, 2012), as well as public talks at the Drwm in the National Library of Wales.  

Thesis:  Kyffin Williams Online: presenting and interpreting art in a digital context

Publications related to project:

Dee, H., Hughes, L., Roderick, G.L., Brown, A.D. 2016.  ‘Visual digital humanities: using image data to derive approximate metadata.’  In A. Foster., P. Rafferty. (eds) Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Facet Publishing, London pp. 89-110.

Cusworth, A., Hughes, L.M., James, R., Roberts, O., Roderick, G.L. 2015. ‘What Makes the Digital ‘Special’? The Research Program in Digital Collections at the National Library of Wales.’  New Review of Academic Librarianship 21 (2) pp. 241-248. Other

Roderick, G.L. 2014.  ‘Kyffin Williams online: creating a digital resource for an art collection at the National Library of Wales.’  Art Libraries Journal 39 (01) pp. 5-9.

Brown, A., Roderick, G.L., Dee, H.M., Hughes, L. 2013.  ‘Can we date an artist's work from catalogue photographs?’  8th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA). 8th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA), Trieste, Italy, 04/09/2013 - 06/09/2013. IEEE Press pp. 558-563.

Roderick, G.L. 2013. Celf yn Oes yr Atgynhyrchiad Digidol. Tu Chwith 38 pp. 65-69.