Digital Landscapes

2013: Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization Theory and Practice

The Digital Karnak Project. 3D model of the Amun-Re temple at Karnak, digital archive, and researched texts. (UCLA)

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The “Humanities Heritage” NEH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities took place from June 17, 2013 – July 6, 2013 and was hosted by the Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) at Arkansas State University (ASU), Jonesboro campus in northeast Arkansas in the Mississippi Delta region, and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF), located in northwest Arkansas. The Summer Institute was a training institute in practical and theoretical approaches to 3D real-time visualization of cultural heritage sites for twenty humanities scholars.

The past thirty years have seen a tremendous upsurge in the use of digital modeling in archaeology as well as in projects and applications based in the humanities. Digital representations can create new forms of visual knowledge, which in turn can lead to new research streams. As such, digital models have become increasingly important tools in a wide range of applications. Despite the power of these models as representational and visualization tools, the tools themselves are often difficult to use and not easily accessible by the novice. This proposal is for a ‘digital toolbox’ that bridges this gap. A unique feature of this institute is the incorporation of visits to Arkansas State University heritage sites modeled by the University’s Center for Digital Initiatives. Beyond this, in bringing together an impressive group of lecturers working in the digital humanities, the institute itself would create an important resource in the form of a community of scholars, encouraging future collaborations between individuals and universities.

Institute Lecturers:
Dr. Lisa Snyder (University of California, Los Angeles), “A Conversation about Compulsion, the World’s Columbia Exposition of 1893, and Virtual Reality” and Introduction to VSim
Professor Diane Favro (University of California, Los Angeles) Discussion of representational issues with participants, using Rome Reborn and Digital Karnak to illustrate representational challenges.
Dr. Ruth Hawkins, ASU Heritage Sites director, on Heritage Sites, Lakeport Plantation reconstruction, and Rohwer Japanese-American Internment Camp.
Professor Chris Johanson (Department of Classics, UCLA) on the application of digital tools and techniques to social historical research questions from classical antiquity.
Professor Bernie Frischer will discuss Rome Reborn and the 3D model of Hadrian’s Villa and 3D data capture, modeling, and restoration of sculpture.
John Fillwalk, (Director of IDIA Lab at Ball State University) “Live Demonstration of the Virtual Hadrian’s Villa Project”
Katie Simon and Angie Payne (CAST, UAF) 3D Documentation of Real World Environments and Objects: Techniques and Challenges & Introduction to Laser Scanning
Professor Michael Anderson (Assistant Professor of Classics and Classical Archaeology at San Francisco State University) An introduction to capturing photogrammetry data using off-the-shelf consumer cameras.
Professor Emily Roxworthy (University of California, San Diego) on her NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant project, ″Drama in the Delta: Digitally Reenacting Civil Rights Performances at Arkansas’ Wartime Camps for Japanese Americans.″

The NEH white paper can be downloaded here. 13-107488

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