Computers being able to identify and classify images is something that I have come across before and we are seeing more and more of it, although the Face++ smile rating is still creepy.
Due this is more general awareness the face-recognition software development didnt particularly catch my interest, instead it was the historical stereo-image transformer was the part that spoke to me the most in this weeks class. Being able to start to interact with historical images in these new ways in interesting and I believe more widely engaging for introducing people to the work being done in the digital heritage sector as it provides an extra dimension for people to explore.
Maybe it would be possible to further this project with the morphing of image from the same geographic location to provide a more in-depth image.
I believe that 3D scanning/virtual modeling/printing are all going to become standard practice in many parts of the cultural heritage fields. In fact I had been discussing including it in my assignment for another class, although it did not come together this time it would be something I would love to explore further. In my case I wanted to 3D scan the internal dimensions of a jar I was rebuilding to then 3D print a support system for it. To my is in only one way and a very simple on at that, that these technologies can be applied to our sector.
3D scanning (and various light lengths) has also been used to discover previously hidden information, for example the British Museum scanned their Moai head a few years ago and discovered new carvings that radically altered their understanding of the piece, allowing the researched to add to our knowledge of the Easter Islanders that had otherwise been lost.
In regards to Virtual Tours, I think access is absolutely the point! Imagine being able to take a class of high school history students from Australia through a tour of the Smithsonian without having to leave the classroom! The ability to access information and engage with it on a different level then a 2d website, particularly if it is not user friendly, could increase the interest the public have in museums and cultural heritage locations. This could then be used in not only outreach projects but also in combating destruction of heritage sites. If people care about the heritage they stand to loose by looting or conflict or environmental changes, they are more likely to actively work towards preserving it.
This weeks class looked the assumed correctness of data visualisation services, particularly in application to mapping. This isnt only a discussion for the digital world. Co-incidentally I was having this exact talk with a friend only a few weeks ago, having never been to Australia he was talking about driving from Canberra across to Perth and then Broome. The true size of Australia is a common misconception amoung my international friends and services such as The true size of… is an excellent way of being able to visualise this information (particularly as Australian’s have a bit of a reputation for spinning a tall tale).
Being aware of the skewing of information is also extremely important in academic works. Providing as much context as possible for your data will decrease the chance of a miscommunication of information or intent.
I really enjoyed playing around with the visualisation on the Republic of Letters website. It provided multiple chart types that showed information in a clear manner with titles or tags that assisted in making sense of the information presented. I particularly liked the Top Cities and Corresponders part as it is a quick and easy way of showing the main cities in that time period and the major historical figures.
Alternatively, I struggled with making sense of what I was looking at on the Kindred Britain website. I understood what they were aiming for though the dropdown box describing the site, unfortunately how the information was presented did not reflect the outlined intention.
Looking at the differences between how I interacted with these two sites, to me shows how important using the correct visualisation is, as well as using clear titles and tags to allow viewers to fully engage with the information provided.
I understand the concepts that are being discussed in this weeks tutorial, and how people would gain valuable information from changes in language. However, as someone who learns audibly or kinetically, I struggle with extracting an ability to apply these techniques to myself and where my research interests lie. Having said that, the one visualisation that I can appreciate that was presented this week was the “In a Word” project, to me it provides a good starting point of looking at a particular month in modern history and the topics that were most relevant at the time, not just the topics that we now consider important looking back. For example I was surprised that Snowden only occurred as the main topic in one program in one month, I had expected him to be a much bigger story, although this could be because it is a data set drawn from an Australian provider and Snowden did not have a particular impact on our politics or intelligence community.
One of the problems that I have always had issues with in data mining exercises, or even just finding the right articles to read for an assignment is the proliferation of alternative spelling or terms for the same things, eg pot vs jar in ceramics. It was interesting this week to be introduced to tools that begin to consider intelligent work arounds for this, although I think even know I would be more comfortable looking through the returned data myself it will definitely streamline the process.
One of the up-sides of working with a digital, or digitised, data set is that it is faster to analyse the information hidden in the numbers and subsequently manipulate the results into a visual format for ease of discussion.
1. When searching a particular phrase the results that are returned should reflect an actual answer to what you are asking for not just the current bias.
2. http://pmem.unix.fas.harvard.edu:8080/peabody/browse I particularly like the selection process on the Peabody Museum in Boston with the groups of commonly requested items. They give you a visual guide to the objects others have previously been engaged by.
3. Using a set of my favourite song lyrics from Florence and the Machine, the hippo ate words such as love, father, kisses, children, turning, happiness etc. This returned a result of census records and photos from Trove, the Natural History Museum in London. Naturalis Biodiversity Center on Europeana, La Foruna Visiva di Pompei on Europeana. Im not a hundred percent certain what the point of this particular exercise was meant to achieve.
My name is May Colville, I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Heritage, Museum and Conservation. I have a background in Archaeology from ANU and UNE. I have also undertaken a couple of volunteer projects under the auspices of the University of Sydney and the American Archaeological Center.
Outside of my schooling, I am a Canberra girl who loves to travel, I just got back from a year in Canada and am already dreaming about my next trip. Also I am a huge nerd, love sci-fi shows and movies and am always up for a good (or not) fantasy novel.
I am taking this unit as it is required, although the use of the internet for history has never really interested me, the use of new technologies and new application of old technologies has. For example LiDAR and Geospatial Imaging for mapping and identifying archaeological sites has always interested me.
Anyway, I hope that gives you a good idea of who I am as a person and I look forward to interacting with you all as the unit and degree unfolds.
PS I am a sucker for a good pun.