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Optimism & dystopia – Future Everything & Museums and the Web 2014

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I’m not so sure it was such a good idea to go to the Future Everything (Manchester) just before Museums and the Web (Baltimore). The speculative futurism of Future Everything really brought into sharp relief a narrowing of concern at MW. I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, Future Everything – an annual citywide festival of forward-looking art, music and design in a wealth of different venues. Here I was, back in Manchester, […]

CAA2014: Ontologies and standards for improving interoperability of archaeological data: from models towards practical experiences in various contexts

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Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists – archaeological geomatics – the majick of spatial data in archaeology – archaeological information systems for the digital age: CAA2014 banner Overview: The session was organised by Anne-Violaine Szabados, Katell Briatte, Maria Emilia Masci, and Christophe Tufféry. Reinhard Foertsch and Sebastian Rahtz chaired the session. There were a number of highlights. The number of papers referencing the CIDOC CRM demonstrates the impact and uptake of this robust ontology within the cultural heritage sector. With increased […]

GSTAR @ CAA2014

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Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists – archaeological geomatics – the majick of spatial data in archaeology – archaeological information systems for the digital age: Eiffel Tower On Thursday 24th April, I gave a presentation on my PhD research project (GSTAR) to the 2014 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference, Paris, France. The presentation formed part of the session S07 Ontologies and standards for improving interoperability of archaeological data: from models towards practical experiences in […]

Community Heritage Access Centre Case Study

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Case Studies from the SWMDP Digital Engagement Programme 2014 Digital engagement is vital to CHAC as its website and social media presence are the organisation’s main windows of display to its public since the museum in the town centre closed some years back.  The Centre is a treasure trove of local collections – ideal content for engaging diverse audiences The Centre joined the project to take stock of their current activity and see what improvements […]

Thornbury and District Museum Case Study

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Case Studies from the SWMDP Digital Engagement Programme 2014 Thornbury and District Museum joined the project because the volunteer workforce felt their current website was not conducive to doing simple things easily, using up time at the expense of creating engaging content.  The project came just at the right time for them, as they had started discussing how they might go about developing a brief for a new, more efficient website prior to seeking grant […]

What is in the archive of Fr Roberto Busa S.J. (1913-2011)?

Last month I traveled to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy. There I spend a week carrying out oral history interviews (thanks to the invaluable help of Marco Carlo Passarotti of CIRCSE) and working on the recently accessioned archive of Fr Roberto Busa As the archive is now in the process of being cataloged I thought a short overview of it would be useful for others interested in the history of Digital Humanities. […]

Walks with the ancients: Reconstructing Roman, Swahili buildings through interactive, 3-D computer models

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Senior Muhammad Shamim worked his way around the 15th-century Swahili residence like he knew it inside and out—because he did. He helped build it. (0)

Visit Stonehenge in 3D on Your iPhone/iPad with Apple Maps

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If you’re strapped for cash but dying to check out Stonehenge up close, there’s now an easy way to visit the prehistoric monument right from the comfort of your couch and provided that you own one of Apple’s fancy iDevices.Stonehenge is now accessible from Apple Maps in 3D Flyover, which means you can hover over the mysterious ring of standing stones, pinch to zoom, and rotate at will to check it out from all angles.Don’t […]

Troy myth may be inspiration for retelling of Irish battle

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An account of a 1,000-year-old battle which came to define Irish identity may actually have been crafted around an ancient myth about Troy (0)

The Ancient Maya and Virtual Worlds: Different Perspectives on Material Meanings

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A UC researcher explores the Maya perspective on the material world and begins to uncover parallels with today’s online culture. If Facebook was around 1,400 years ago, the ancient Maya might have been big fans of the virtual self. The Maya believed that part of your identity could inhabit material objects, like a courtier’s mirror or sculptor’s carving tool. Maya might even name these objects, talk to them or take them to special events. They […]

Announcing ‘The Contemplator’

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(Another post that has sat as an unfinished thought for months – so rather than finish it, here it is) As some readers know, I’m buried in an avalanche of work trying to make a formerly historic house/decorative arts museum into something that feels and operates like part of the 21st century. Inevitably this means turning a museum often described as a ‘sleepy hidden treasure’ into something that is visibly more interactive, welcoming, and playful. […]

Digitisation Projects Classified by Date of Corpus

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At the DH Benelux Conference in The Hague in June, I’m looking into the extent to which the Digital Humanties ignores the twentieth century. The abstract is here. As part of this work, I’ve been investigating the projects undertaken at various DH centres, in particular those projects that are working with a specific corpus of data (as opposed to doing networking, or tools development), and the dates of those corpora. I’ve taken some significant DH […]

The Great 20th-Century Hole; What the Digital Humanities Miss

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(Abstract submitted for the DH Benelux 2014 conference), The Hague, June 2014) Over the past few years, there have been endless debates about the definition of the Digital Humanities. Many angles are considered – the practitioner of DH as builder, as coder, as theorist, as user – and also where the practitioner of DH sits and works – in the library, at home, in a ‘laboratory’, in the computer science department or with other disciplines. […]

Digital Learning at Museums and the Web, Baltimore

Early in April I attended the 18th annual Museums and the Web conference in Baltimore. A wide range of museum staff from all over the world both attended and presented at the conference and there was a definite learning strand that I was able to follow throughout the four days that I was there. Here are just some of the things I found out about. Online Learning Games The very first workshop I attended, presented […]

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