Project team
Dr. Anne Luther
Project Catalyst and Principal Investigator, Philadelphia

Dr. Anne Luther is the project catalyst. She ensured that all participants were on the same page according to timeline, design, technical development and research goals. She defined the overall operations strategy and set the development direction based on her years of experience as a research manager at the Center for Data Arts at the New School in New York and as a PI and catalyst for various digital projects with museums internationally. Her knowledge of digital project development standards was used to comply with regulatory requirements and ensure the operation and security of all services. Luther has an in-depth, advanced understanding of various digital platforms, protocols and related technical standards critical to the operation of the digital platform. She led the team in assessing all changes and improvements and achieving strategic goals. Furthermore, she took the lead role in the testing and evaluation of new and enhanced developments. She liaised among various stakeholders for project and operation needs and communicated with all institutions for the acquisition and transfer of data, answering legal negotiations and building partnerships with the institutions. Luther collaborated with the technical lead, researchers, PIs and external scholars and consultants. She set standards and requirements for equipment needs and implemented procedures to ensure maximum uptime and quality. She also maintained and defined budgetary needs and established, maintained and negotiated institutional partnerships. She worked with the technical team on the overall development approach for the platform and established the metadata structure for linking the diverse datasets.


Dr. Anne Luther is a specialist for digital heritage and a digital humanities scholar. Her work applies technology, design and humanities research for the interaction, exploration and opening of cultural heritage preserved and represented in digital data. She is the founder of the Institute for Digital Heritage, an organisation that specialises in the development of digital solutions for cultural heritage. Luther secured grants for the Chair of Modern Art History at TU Berlin (VW Foundation), Fordham University (NEH) and the Museum am Rothenbaum, MARKK (Siemens Foundation) amongst others and is the Principle Investigator for these projects in digital scholarship and digital art history. She was the research manager at the Center for Data Arts at The New School in New York and built an emphasis on the analysis of museum data and leading data sprints, workshops, international research collaborations, software development, and publications between 2015-2018 and was a ​​Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for 2021-22 at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at UPenn. She established a focus in data-driven research in museums and digital art history and taught art theory as a teaching assistant for Professor Boris Groys at NYU in 2014-2017. She received her PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Her research is grounded in cultural studies, digital humanities, and art theory bridging an interdisciplinary approach to computer sciences, IT, and design. Anne worked in several arts institutions internationally including MoMA PS1, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, HKW, Front Desk Apparatus and continues to work as an independent art advisor, consultant and curator internationally.

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Selected publications

2022. ‘Digital Heritage’, in Networks of Care, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin.

2022. ‘Contextualizing Museum Data’, in Empowering Museum Professionals With Digital Skills, DigMus, Uppsala Universitet.

2020. “Digital Provenance,” in Digital Humanities and Art History, edited by Kathryn Brown. Abington: Routledge.

2019. "Cultural Collections as Data: Aiming for Digital Data Literacy and Tool Development," MW19: MW 2019. Published February 1, 2019. Co-authored with Liz Neely and Chad Weinard.

2018. “Current state of the arts in data visualization,” in Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD), Keller, Reiner/Hornidge, Anna/Schünemann, Wolf (Hrsg.). Abington: Routledge.

2018. “Activating Museums’ Data for Research, Scholarship, and Public Engagement,” Journal of the Center for Data Arts, The New School.