Posts Tagged 'tools'

Digital heritage preservation

CyArk is an international organization (actually a consortium of numerous partners) that strives to digitally record architectural and archaeological sites, using 3D scanning technology. They create 3D data sets, or ‘point clouds’, using laser scans, then join these data points into a digital mesh wire frame.  Their projects are international and wide-ranging, including ancient rock art, temples, vernacular structures and modern monuments. Their mission includes education as well as conservation, and several of their projects include in-depth documentation and teaching aids.  Have a look at their Projects page to see completed and in-development projects.

CYARK

Guggenheim Museum offers new iPad app

Guggenheim app for iPadThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has released a new app for iPad, offering access to the museum’s archival publications and a new visual interface for exploring art. This is in addition to their iPhone and Android handset app that includes multi-lingual building, collection, and select exhibition guides, information on more than 1,600 works in the museum’s collection, video and audio with closed captioning, transcripts and verbal description guides for blind and low vision visitors.

The new iPad app has all these features but also introduces new features for tablets, including free access to over 100 out-of-print museum publications dating back to the 1930s, image zoom for works in the collection, a larger format for watching videos, and VoiceOver compatibility.

What’s in your Digital Humanities toolbox?

This list of DH tools was created during the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory; “haystack”) Scholars Unconference at Michigan State University on May 27, 2015. The list in a work-in-progress, with additional tools and insight offered in the comments.

Topics include:

  • Media Creation/Annotation (Video/Audio/Image)
  • Project Management
  • Text Processing/Annotation
  • Reference System
  • Archive/Content Management Systems
  • Mapping
  • Visualization
  • Scraping

h/t John Taormina

Next Practices in Museum Digital and Technology

View of "You Are Here" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (photo: Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California)The annual Next Practices in Digital and Technology from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is available and highlights 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. Some of the covered topics include Multimedia, In-Gallery Interactive, Open Data, Social Media, Apps, and Access.

Artistic genius? There’s an algorithm for that

A chart analysing 1,710 paintings, where the horizontal axis corresponds to the year the painting was created and the vertical axis corresponds to its creativity score according to the algorithm from Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh, “Quantifying Creativity in Art Networks”  (draft 2 June 2015 from a conference paper)Researchers say they have created a quantitative way to assess “creativity” in works of art that they argue comes close to a scholarly assessment. Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh (The Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University) used 1,710 paintings available on Artchive.com and ran them through their algorithm that looked at qualities such as texture, color, lines, movement, harmony, and balance. The algorithm then “measures the originality and influence of artworks by using sophisticated visual analysis to compare each piece to older and newer artwork…from the premise that the most creative art was that which broke most from the past, and then inspired the greatest visual shifts in the works that followed.”

via Quartz

Creating interactive timelines

"Perspectives on the Haram" is an exhibit created by a group of University of Virginia undergraduate students for a course in the School of Architecture, taught by Professor Lisa Reilly. The exhibit uses images and texts from travel accounts to details the changes of the Haram Mosque over a thousand years (Virginia Harness, Jody Lahendro, Kelly Schantz, and David Sherdil | Map: Google Satellite | Link provided with the permission of the authors)Handy for illustrating both broad eras or shorter time spans, as well as applicable for classroom assignments and conference papers, these web-based tools are great for creating interactive and dynamic timelines:

  • Tiki-Toki: a web app to create interactive multimedia timelines with embedded images, text and even videos (YouTube, Vimeo and AVIs); they also have a desktop version for Max OSX.
  • Neatline: an add-on of open source web-publishing platform Omeka, Neatline allows you to create maps, annotate images, and develop narratives to interpret collections of artifacts, documents, or richly-described concepts.

Architectural Software: Which, and how?

55476b38e58ece706c00053c_which-architectural-software-should-you-be-using-_which_arch_software_large-530x354Earlier this month, ArchDaily published “Which Architectural Software Should You Be Using?” (originally published on ArchSmarter as “Which architectural software is right for me?”), where author Michael Kilkelly works through factors that could influence your decision to select and learn architectural software and, with the added help of a platform-based flowchart, offers a list of applications to focus your search.

Since proficiency in architecture software is becoming increasingly important, as well as appearing universally accepted that some level of involvement with software is now a requirement, ArchDaily Managing Editor Rory Scott follows up with “Architecture Software Tutorials: Which Are The Best Out There?” Admittedly a short list to start, ArchDaily is soliciting readers’ help in creating a directory of the best on-line architecture tutorial websites.

UPDATE: They asked, you responded.


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