Art2Artifact was begun in January 2013 by Prof. Roberta Stewart, who saw a potential for the enhancement of Classical Studies through the use of technology. Instead of painstakingly collecting data by hand, using physical paper resources, Stewart felt that there was an opportunity to use the power of computers to organize and search data online.
Art2Artifact was designed to perform two basic functions:
1. To store coin images in an online database and allow users to perform basic searches on the coins with several attributes, including Date, Location, Mint Authority, etc. This database should be simple, easy to use, and easy for users (with proper privileges) to upload, edit, and delete entries.
2. To allow users to save specific searches into “Corpora” for study, and to view corpora of other users once they have published them.
Prof. Stewart hopes to incorporate the Art2Artifact Portal into the education plans of the Classics Department, specifically for senior year research papers and seminars.