Sonia Jędrysiak

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Adventures in Digitisation: Practicum

As part of my MA in Digital Humanities, I’m doing a Practicum with National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. The project has three deliverables: digitisation of at least 6 objects chosen by the Museum supervisor, desk research into current digitization practices in other European Museums and finally, writing a ‘step-by-step’ white paper that would help the Museum staff undertake the digitization themselves and possibly, include it in the future standard practices of objects acquisition. The objectives are clear and achievable in the 3,5 months time frame given for the project. What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to have a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes side of the museum and learning how to work on a project like this – celebrating little victories and tackling the obstacles as they come along. Structure from motion technique can be a very rewarding method when done right.

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On curating an image collection

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Source: http://www.aehhub.org

Being a curator is probably one of the most difficult roles in the area of preservation, conservation and presentation of cultural heritage in its analog or digital form. It is quite daunting to take on the responsibility of selecting which objects are worth saving and sharing with the society and which aren’t significant enough to be displayed – either as part of digital archives or various exhibitions. Some would argue that in order to perform this work one needs to possess vast and very specialized knowledge. Others believe that the curation, especially the one concerned with heritage, should involve not only the specialists, but more importantly: the public, appointing every individual a curator responsible for all the features of their culture that they consider vital for their heritage.

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Controlled democratization of knowledge

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Sourcehttp://www.nhm.ac.uk

The invention of various 3D recording techniques presented the society with an opportunity not only to preserve precious cultural heritage, but also to analyse these objects without fear of damaging them as well as make the digitalized objects available to the public. Although it might appear that the mission of various national cultural heritage institutions is to democratize knowledge and provide public access to it (Samuelson 2015), the need to control the asset remains. In this sense, copyright debate surrounding 3D recordings acts both as an obstacle and safety net.

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