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2011 Events

This page lists the events from 2011. Please use the links in the right column to see events from other years.


Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2011: Panel

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“Exploring the Computational Future in Conservation and Heritage Preservation”

CHI Director Carla Schroer participated in this panel at the annual MCN conference with the theme “Hacking the Museum: Innovation, Agility, and Collaboration”. The panel addressed this topic: From digital photographic 3-D modeling of damaged surfaces to complexity theory applied to the deterioration of paintings, computational methods are leveraging a new sophistication in conservation practices. Where might computational applications take us? Where might conservators want to go?

Atlanta, Georgia: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 2 pm


Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

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CHI presented two sessions at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, hosted by the California Academy of Sciences (CAS).

1. “Robust computational photography techniques for collections conservation, research, and public access” (Oral Presentation)

This talk presented highlights of the principles and practices for robust photography-based digital techniques for collections conservation, research, and public access. Examples of existing and cutting-edge uses of photography-based imaging will be presented, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Algorithmic Rendering (AR), camera calibration, and methods of imaged-based generation of textured 3D geometry.

San Francisco, California: Thursday, May 26, 2011, Session 2, 9:50 am

2. “Reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) for empirical documentation of natural history collections” (Demo)

This demonstration covered the inexpensive and easy-to-learn image capture methodology and image processing open source software. We will demonstrate examples of the resulting RTI images using the RTIViewer, a viewing and analysis tool.

San Francisco, California: Thursday, May 26, 2011, Session 9, 4:00 pm

Authors/Presenters for both sessions: Mark Mudge, Carla Schroer, Marlin Lum


RTISAD Oxford Workshop: Lecture

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“Digital Transformations: New Developments in Cultural Heritage Imaging”

Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK: February 25, 2011 — 10:30 am–7:00 pm

This workshop focused on the digital imaging of documentary evidence, from 3D-capture techniques to reflectance transformation imaging (RTI). The workshop was part of the collaborative University of Oxford and University of Southampton pilot project “Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) System for Ancient Documentary Artefacts,” supported by the AHRC DEDEFI scheme.


University of Southampton, UK: Workshop

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“Generating Digital Representations of Cultural Heritage Materials”

University of Southampton, UK: February 22, 2011 — 10:00 am–5:15 pm

CHI founders Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge presented a workshop at the Archaeological Computing Research Group to demonstrate capture and processing techniques in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). Included were examples of RTI from various areas of cultural heritage and the natural sciences, as well as an overview of equipment requirements and options for a range of budgets.


New College of Florida: Lecture

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“From Paleolithic Caves to the Museum of Modern Art: Documenting and Preserving Humanity's Cultural Legacy”

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota, Florida: February 10, 2011 — 4:00 pm

CHI founders Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge, now based in San Francisco, are alumni of New College in Sarasota, Florida. In this lecture at their alma mater, Mark and Carla described their work at CHI and the development of new technologies for documenting and analyzing the surface of cultural objects. Mark and Carla, who are also husband and wife, spoke of their life on the road and their consulting roles at major institutions such as the Metropolital Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. They described how their sophisticated, but low-cost technology is leading to the democratization of archaeological research and the preservation of cultural heritage. Co-sponsored by the New College Public Archaeology Laboratory.