Others: Why I Support CHI

 Charles Walbridge

“CHI and their cultural heritage collaborators are at the cutting edge of these digital technologies so I don't have to be.” More…


 Ana Nieves

“When you give to CHI, you support the power and reach of RTI.” More…


 Jean Elliott

“When you give to CHI, you are enabling thousands of people to play a direct role in the stewardship of cultural heritage.” More…


 Rita Albertson

“When you give to CHI, you support essential tools and practices that deeply improve the way we study cultural materials.” More…


 Prof. Graeme Earl, University of Southampton, UK

“The CHI team works at the nexus of cultural conservation, scientific imaging, and data archiving. I see their efforts as key to the future of cultural heritage collections.” More…


 Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

“When you make a gift to CHI, you are helping small institutions like mine thrive in the digital age and truly advance the preservation of our collections into the 21st century.” More…




Adam Rabinowitz: Why I Support CHI

Adam Rabinowitz: Why I Support CHI

I am an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin. I am also a field archaeologist with a deep commitment to open data practices and local sustainability.

I first encountered CHI’s work at a conference in 2006, and I immediately recognized the potential of the imaging techniques they were developing, in particular Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). With generous funding from the Packard Humanities Institute, in 2008 I brought CHI’s experts to the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos in Crimea to hold a training session. After the seven-day CHI training class, staff members at the National Preserve were able to use RTI on their own to put part of the museum’s epigraphic collection online.

One of the objects we imaged was a 4th-century oath carved in marble that the citizens of Chersonesos swore to show their commitment to their democratic government. CHI has a similar commitment to the democratization of technology: they make free tools and share methods that empower communities with limited resources to apply cutting-edge digital imaging technologies. CHI is equally committed to sustainable practices and process documentation for long-term data preservation and reuse. These core values resonate deeply with me as an archaeologist.

Like me, CHI is working to make the past more accessible to everyone. Like me, CHI wants to make sure that the results of this work won’t disappear when a grant ends or the technology changes. When you support CHI, you support the preservation of our human past and guarantee it will have a future. Please give generously to CHI!

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