Researchers in humanities can study art collections online through access to open data
Open data access in humanities studies can be very valuable for both researchers and the broader public. For example, researchers at the University of Oxford studying Assyriology use open data of pictures to study the language and signs on different art pieces. Researchers do not have to visit a collection in person because they now have access to a collection online, as open data.
At the same time, the researchers point out a division in open data access to collections. Open data art collections have become much more accessible in Western Europe and the United Kingdom, whereas Eastern Europe tends to fall behind.
Oftentimes, art collections remain offline because museums and universities want to guarantee funding and visitors. However, online collections also showcase the richness of the collection and can be used as a promotion tool for grants and funding.