Creating Digital Collections I
Full course description
This is part I of a two part course. Taken together, these courses are designed as a capstone course which brings together much of the skills and knowledge, theories and methods taught in previous courses, along with new competencies to design a specific type of web presence, that of a digital collection. It does this by having you consider the ethical, methodological, theoretical, and practical issues regarding collecting and curation, 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) utilising skills and competencies, such project management, design thinking, content development, web design, podcasts, technical integration, and social media. In 2021-2022 the course will focus on material culture with the ultimate aim to create a 3D digital collection. The 3D objects will be contextualised thematically for a specific audience, with interactive elements inviting readers to actively participate in knowledge creation. 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.
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 develop skills in problematising collections by exploring the politics of collecting and digitisation, investigating their affordances, and scrutinising principles and practices of curation in traditional and new media collections.
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