Conference Workshops: 3D Viz, ArchGIS, and other tools

We are now less than two months away from the start of VRA 2018 in Philadelphia. Fitting with the conference theme of Workshop of the World, I wanted to share the details of the three great workshops that are on the schedule for the morning of Tuesday, March 27th.

Basics of Photogrammetry – 3D Visualization of Cultural Heritage Objects
Photogrammetry, the process of creating 3D digital models from a series of still photographs, has the potential of making cultural heritage objects and collections more accessible. The low-cost and relatively easy-to-learn technique allows for the quick creation of highly-accurate 3D renderings of objects, from small statuettes, to entire buildings and historic sites. Several cultural heritage institutions, including the British Museum and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, are already employing photogrammetry to provide greater access to their collections. And the technique was a key topic of conversation at a recent conference on 2D and 3D photography held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Given the increasing importance of 3D visualization in the cultural heritage field, this workshop will focus on the basics of photogrammetry, from image capture and editing, to working with photogrammetry software such as Agisoft Photoscan and Autodesk Remake, to editing and sharing 3D models on websites such as Sketchfab. Employing a small statuette as a working example, the 4-hour-long workshop will include discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities on all aspects of the photogrammetry workflow. The end result of the workshop will be the creation of a 3D model. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be empowered to begin their own experiments in photogrammetry.

Collaborative Digital Asset Management: Practical Approaches and Useful Tools
At the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), digital asset management is carried out by an inter-departmental committee made up of asset and data creators representing photography, rights and reproductions, archives, exhibitions, registration, and technology. The work of the committee has helped to break down traditional silos between departments as collections are added to a shared digital asset management system (DAMS). This collaborative approach has an additional benefit of reasserting content creators from each department as the primary managers of their digital assets and data, as opposed to IT staff who often lead DAMS selection, implementation, and management. This results in workflows that are more integrated with other department activities and the potential to better connect collections that may be separated by both physical and organizational barriers.

For this workshop, three members of the IMA’s DAMS committee have evaluated the successes and lessons learned from their years of experience to develop a general project management framework for taking a collaborative approach to selecting, implementing, and managing a new DAMS. This broad framework has the flexibility to be applied in a wide variety of institutional contexts with varying staffing levels and areas of expertise, including those with minimal internal tech support. Within the context of the presentation of this broad framework, hands-on activities will give attendees the opportunity to think through common challenges in metadata schema design and thesaurus creation, and to experiment with multiple freely-available tools that aid in metadata and digital asset evaluation and cleanup in preparation for migration.

Workshopping the World: ArcGIS Online & Story Maps
Spatial is Special! Have you ever wanted to learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Want to incorporate mapping into your DH projects? Do you have GIS data that can benefit from deeper analysis? This workshop will introduce you to GIS and teach you how to build your own maps.

GIS allows us to visualize and analyze data across the world. It is a useful tool for researchers who are looking for global patterns and trends. Mapped visualizations can also illustrate narratives for digital humanities projects.

Participation is limited for these workshops, and they are filling up, so register for the conference soon!

-Jacob