Creating Digital Collections I
Full course description
Building on the theory covered in ‘Machines of Knowledge: Web Presences as Digital Narratives’ this course (divided into two parts) is designed to provide students with the skills and competencies to design a specific type of website, that of a digital collection. It will do so by having students consider the ethical, methodological, theoretical, and practical issues regarding representation, reconstruction, and reproduction. Taking a project-based approach to PBL, students will collaboratively work to develop a digital collection (depending on the year this might be a collection of images, tweets, text, or 3D objects). In 2019-2020 the course will focus on material culture with the ultimate aim to create a 3D digital collection.
In Part I of the course, students will be introduced to the tools and methods that they will use for the digitisation of the collection, including digital photography protocols, capturing and processing software, and online 3D repositories. Particular emphasis will be placed on the field of computational imaging; a field in computer science that studies the computational extraction of information from digital photographs that has democratised preservation and dissemination of heritage. They will also delve into different debates in the digitisation of material culture, including authenticity, reconstruction, transparency, and the aura of the digital.
In Part I of the course students will develop skills in the use of digital 3D recording tools and methods. By the end of this course, students will have the ability to use digital tools and methods to record 3D material culture. They will also begin to design the digital collection that will be realised in Part II of the course.
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