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2017–2018 Events

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Digital Heritage Conference 2018

Digital Heritage Conference 2018

1. Photogrammetric imaging of a Diego Rivera fresco mural (Expo Demonstration)

CHI's Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge will demonstrate results from the Diego Rivera Mural Project at the Conference Expo on October 27–28.

2. “Illumination of Material Culture Symposium (II)” (Session)

Carla Schroer is co-chair for this session, a followup to the successful two-day symposium organized by CHI and The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the museum in New York City in March 2017. Ten presenters (including Carla and Mark Mudge of CHI) offer lightning talks on case studies and recent research in scientific imaging and computational photography, with an emphasis on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).

3. “Get Connected — Semantically!” (Panel)

Carla Schroer will participate in this panel with a talk entitled “The Digital Lab Notebook (DLN) a semantically-enabled metadata toolkit for the computational photography techniques of photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)”.

4. “The Democratization of Scientific Imaging through Metadata Management and Archival Submission Support” (Poster)

Carla and Mark of CHI will present this poster on the process of developing standards for preservation of digital 3D data, describing CHI's approach.

5. “The Portable Light Domes in PIXEL+: Acquisition, Viewing, and Analysis” (Session and Panel)

In this session, the authors introduce the Leuven multi-light reflectance (MLR) Portable Light Dome (PLD) imaging system, developed at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The system comprises four acquisition domes varying in size and settings with managing software. The PLD systems allow the virtual relighting of imaged surfaces with different visualization shaders. Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge will participate in a closing panel discussion about how MLR approaches best serve cultural heritage.

San Francisco, CA: Friday, October 26–Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Time and exact locations to be announced.


CIDOC-ICOM Conference in 2018

CIDOC-ICOM Conference 2018

“Automating the Application of CRM-dig to the Provenance Metadata for Computational Photography Based Imaging” (Workshop/Tutorial)

This half-day tutorial provides lectures, demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on practice with software tools for creating and validating context and process metadata for photographic image sequences. The initial software is designed for RTI and photogrammetry, though the approach has broader applicability. The tools produce Linked Open Data mapped to CRM-dig saved as RDF. The user need not know anything about the CRM or linked open data to use these tools, which form the basis of the Digital Lab Notebook (DLN). The DLN serves the same function as a written scientist’s lab notebook, enabling data inspection and reuse by others.

Heraklion, Crete: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion (CCCH)


Decentralized Web Summit 2018

Decentralized Web Conference 2018

“Global VIsions / Working Code” (Table)

Carla Schroer will host a table in the Science Fair at this conference produced by the Internet Archive.

San Francisco, CA: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm, Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave.


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Archiving 2018: The IS&T Archiving Conference

ArchSC04: “Preservation Strategies for Computational Photography based Imaging: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry” (Short Course)

This short course, presented by Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge as part of the Digital Preservation track, provides lectures, demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on practice with software tools for creating and validating context and process metadata for photographic image sequences. The initial software is designed for RTI and photogrammetry, though the approach has broader applicability. These tools form the basis of the Digital Lab Notebook (DLN). The DLN serves the same function as a written scientist’s lab notebook, enabling data inspection and reuse by others. The course begins with an overview of both RTI and photogrammetry, including basics of image capture and examples of each from cultural heritage subjects. Then there is an exploration into CHI’s approach to metadata collection and image validation, including the hands-on use of new, open source software tools.

Washington, DC: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:00 am–12:00 pm, National Archives


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Series on 3D and VR Services

3D Collection Strategies (Forums)

Carla Schroer of CHI participated in a forum series funded by Virginia Tech University Libraries, Indiana University Libraries, and the University of Oklahoma Libraries. The three forums aimed at developing a roadmap and white paper for library adoption of 3D and virtual reality (VR) services.

Arlington, VA: Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, 2018


SF Lit

Event by ARtefactVR, a San Francisco Immersive Design Studio

San Francisco Lit! (Meeting)

This evening event offered presentations for “historians, the art community, the tech community, Emperor Norton devotees and lovers of light!”. Carla Schroer of CHI gave a talk on the technologies used for digital capture and documentation of the world’s cultural, scientific, and artistic treasures, including imaging techniques used in the conservation process for the Diego Rivera mural at City College of San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA: Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm, Microsoft Reactor, 680 Folsom Street, Suite 145


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A Meetup of Motion Designers of San Francisco

Photogrammetry Talk With CHI (Meetup Event)

In this evening talk, hosted by Christopher Bernal at a meetup of Motion Designers of San Francisco, Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge, cofounders of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), present advances in robust new imaging tools from the emerging science known as computational photography. Examples of existing and new uses of photography-based imaging will be demonstrated, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and 3D photogrammetry. Also central to this work is the creation of data that can be reused for scientific purposes by others, now and in the future, in the form of a Digital Lab Notebook and tools under construction to support it.

San Francisco, CA: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00 pm–9:30 pm, Cultural Heritage Imaging Studio, 2325 3rd Street, Suite 323


CS3DP National Forum 1

CS3DP National Forum 1: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation

Poster from CHI (Poster Presentation)

Funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP) project brings community stakeholders together (librarians, curators, and 3D practitioners) for two forums. The overall purpose is to begin the process of developing standards for preservation of digital 3D data. As part of the three-day CS3DP-Forum 1, Carla Schroer, Director at CHI, will present a poster describing CHI's approach.

St. Louis, MO: Monday evening, February 5, 2018, at Washington University, Receptions and Posters area


Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial Lecture/Panel: “Building with Digital Fragments”

Carla Schroer of CHI to Participate

Digital tools such as photogrammetry, structured-light scanning, Reflectance Transformation Imaging, and impulse response creation enable us to document historic spaces and objects in minimally invasive ways. Such techniques are calling forth new scholarship on the concepts of originality, copying, preservation, and reconstruction, and suggest post-human forms of historical vision and sensing. This event is organized by the University of Michigan and California of College of the Arts.

Chicago, IL: October 4, 2017, 5:00–8:00 pm, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.


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ResearchSpace Symposium at the British Museum: “Building Cultural Heritage Knowledge”

Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge of CHI to Participate

CHI President Mark Mudge and CHI Director Carla Schroer will join this conference in London, which seeks to highlight the challenges for sustainable knowledge building between cultural heritage institutions, universities and the other interested audiences.

London, UK: July 27–29, 2017, British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury


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Roundtable: “Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage” (ReACH)

Mark Mudge of CHI to Present

CHI President Mark Mudge will present at this event, the first in an international roundtable series, part of a program launched by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and arranged in partnership with the Peri Charitable Foundation.

Washington, DC: July 19, 2017, Smithsonian Institution


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Cultural Heritage Imaging Professionals Conference at Stanford

Carla Schroer of CHI to Participate

CHI Director Carla Schroer has been invited again to this 3-day meeting hosted by Stanford University Libraries. The conference is for digitization program managers, imaging lab professionals, and imaging experts involved in large scale, high quality image digitization programs at libraries, archives and museums.

Stanford, California: Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford; and Wednesday, July 12 at David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford


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Archiving 2017: The IS&T Archiving Conference

1. “Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural Heritage Documentation and Archiving: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry” (Short Course)

Through lectures, demonstrations, and discussion, Carla Schroer of CHI presents a condensed overview of computational photography and its application to cultural heritage. Computational photography extracts and synthesizes information from image sequences to create a new image containing information not found in any single image in the sequence. This short course offers an intensive introduction to the technologies, software, photographic equipment, and methods for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and 3D photogrammetry — techniques that are being applied to a variety of art objects and other examples of material culture. There are no prerequisites — anyone from novice to expert is welcome.

Riga, Latvia: Monday, May 15, 2017, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Avalon Hotel and Conferences

2. “A Context Metadata Collection and Management Tool for Computational Photography Projects” (Paper)

This paper presents the first module of an advanced set of metadata and knowledge management tools to record a “Digital Lab Notebook” (DLN), the equivalent of the traditional scientist’s lab notebook. The DLN: Capture Context (DLN:CC) tool describes the means and context of photographic data capture. The tool is designed for broad use across computational photography technologies. The DLN:CC has already been implemented for Reflectance Transformation Imaging, and implementation for photogrammetry, funded by the US National Parks Service, is underway. The collection and organization of contextual metadata is highly automated, occurring during the time the image data is captured and processed, rather than afterward. This project adds ISO-standard compliant metadata, which establishes the provenance and reliability of the subject’s quantitative digital representation. The captured photographic sequences and the DLN metadata contain all the information needed to generate and/or regenerate advanced 2D and 3D digital surrogates, such as 3D models with texture, and a scientific account of their measurement precision. (Learn more and download the paper.)

Riga, Latvia: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 1:45 pm–3:00 pm, National Library of Latvia


NCPTT 3D Summit 2017

NCPTT 3D Digital Documentation Summit

“Scientific Photogrammetric Imaging of a Large-scale Diego Rivera Fresco Mural” (Video Presentation)

In a video submitted to this event, Mark Mudge and Carla Schroer of CHI share their experiences capturing the fine surface details of a 6.7 by 22.5 meters (approximately 151 square meters) 1940 fresco by Diego Rivera. The project had multiple motivations: to produce benchmark historic documentation of the current state of the mural; provide details of the mural’s surface for conservation and restoration planning; promote awareness and research of the mural iconography and the brushwork of the artist. The presenters describe the novel metadata acquisition and management approach they employed, using software tools developed by CHI in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas in Heraklion, Crete.

New Orleans, LA: Saturday, April 18–20, 2017, Old US Mint Museum


Scan-a-thon CCA 2017

CCA Scan-a-thon: Free Workshops in San Francisco

Free Workshops on Digital Preservation, Conservation Imaging, and Heritage Reconstruction

CHI is participating in this day-long series of workshops. Register now and join the guestlist for these free sessions at the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco Campus, to learn more about the use of digital technologies that can scan, analyze and reconstruct objects of material heritage, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry. Morning and afternoon sessions are identical in content. Participants can register for one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop.

San Francisco, CA: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 am–2:00 pm, California College of the Arts (CCA), 1111 8th Street, Potrero Hill


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Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2017

1. “Digital Lab Notebook Creation for Computational Photography” (Presentation)

Mark Mudge (co-author Carla Schroer) of CHI will present this talk. For centuries, the scientific method has required the recording of empirical data collection contexts and subsequent processing in a lab notebook, which provides informational transparency and enables informed reuse. This talk will introduce two new, metadata and knowledge management software tools for scientific digital documentation of cultural heritage and designed for digital representations that are built with computational photography technologies.

Atlanta, GA: Time and location details to be announced. CAA 2017: Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Georgia State University Student Center

2. “Challenges and Insights from the Photogrammetric Capture of a Large-scale Diego Rivera Fresco” (Presentation)

This talk to be presented by Carla Schroer (co-author Mark Mudge) describes the authors' experience capturing the fine surface details of a 6.7 by 22.5 meters (approximately 151 square meters) 1940 fresco by Diego Rivera in San Francisco. The chief motivation for this project was to produce benchmark historic documentation of the current state of the mural; provide details of the mural’s surface for conservation and restoration planning; and promote awareness and research of the mural iconography and the brushwork of the artist. Several aspects of the project will be highlighted including: the determination and achievement of the resolution and precision requirements; the metadata strategy for the imaging data; and considerations for viable outputs for the web and other distribution channels.

Atlanta, GA: Time and location details to be announced. CAA 2017: Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Georgia State University Student Center

3. Mark Mudge to Join Roundtable (Panel)

Mark Mudge of CHI will join a panel on Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling and present a 5-minute paper discussing the advantages of image-based systems for sustainability and long-term preservation of 3D models.

Atlanta, GA: Time and location details to be announced. CAA 2017: Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Georgia State University Student Center


The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Illumination of Material Culture: A Symposium on Computational Photography and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) at The Met” (Two-day Symposium)

CHI has partnered with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to present this two-day symposium with a focus on use cases and recently developed tools and research in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and related techniques in computational photography. The symposium will bring together approximately 90 conservators and humanities collections professionals, photographers, curators, archivists, imaging experts, researchers, and technology experts to present the latest updates to RTI technology and related techniques and their applications. Speakers and panelists will discuss current uses and future development of RTI and related tools and methods for the user community.

New York, NY: Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY