INTENSIVE DIGITAL CURATION &
APPLICATIONS IN CLOSE-RANGE PHOTOGRAMMETRY WORKSHOP
Our Intensive Digital Curation and Applications in Close-Range Photogrammetry Workshop is an intensive 5-day training program in photogrammetric survey, data acquisition, analysis, and presentation with an emphasis on digital curation of archaeological material. The program is designed to offer to participants training in a set of skills which are rapidly finding applications in the cultural heritage sector, but also in other fields such as architecture, engineering, manufacturing, video game design, and law enforcement to name a few. Our participants will acquire, over the five-day training session, the necessary practical and analytical skills necessary to properly incorporate photogrammetric applications into their pre-existing career toolbox with a special focus on the cultural heritage sector.
Experience with these techniques on real artifacts and in a real setting is an exceptionally useful and lucrative skill to acquire, but due to the novelty of many of the acquisition methods the sources for training are few, expensive, and unfocused. These educational opportunities that do exist tend to understate the complexity of the world and the objects that can be captured and do not tend to provide the training necessary to adapt to the object, scene, or terrain that is being visualized. In contrast, this workshop provides a full set of technical, theoretical, and practical skills for close-range photogrammetry with a focus on applications in archaeology and the cultural heritage sector. As such, it offers thorough training for field work, processing, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of ancient artifacts of various sizes and materials in an accessible and professional way. Hands-on experience in archaeological photogrammetric applications is essential in the rapidly developing field of archaeological sciences, but difficult to acquire.
Our program revolves around an approach of producing an understanding of the methods by gathering real information in real time. The workshop aims at providing to our graduating participants the necessary skill sets to produce accurate, publishable results, fully understand the limitations of different visual data acquisition methods, and to analyze the results in a useful way. The culmination of the workshop will include the production and publication of a digital museum exhibition as a demonstration of the skills learned during the workshop. Our program is unique because it contextualizes a theoretical science in the practical setting of real museums, studying real artifacts. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of photogrammetry by actually doing photogrammetry, and the skills learned will be able to be brought home and utilized—many other programs do not contextualize or focus their approach, and the skills learned end up being theoretical because the approach is too general to be practically applicable to the wide-range of objects that can be studied.
Our participants are trained using a range of equipment that is accessible or easily acquirable, such as digital cameras, lighting systems, and free software. They will also be trained to use equipment which is more specialized and often found in the world’s archaeology research labs, such as 3D scanning systems and reflectance transformation imagery (RTI) lighting systems. The multi-system approach, combined with the intensive hands-on, data oriented, results driven focus of the workshop, as well as a low participant:instructor ratio is guaranteed to provide a well-rounded and high quality experience, both in terms of the results that will be generated and the widely applicable professional skills that will be acquired.
Location: Deva, Hunedoara County, Transylvania, Romania
Session 1: May 28 - June 3, 2023
Session 2: June 25 - July 1, 2023
Session 3: July 30 - Aug. 5, 2023
Maximum 5 participants per session.
Housing: a nice hotel or AirBnB, near the museum, 2-3 participants per room.
Meals: breakfast and lunch are included Mon-Fri; traditional Romanian cuisine; we can accommodate vegetarian diets
Cost: US$ 1295 per 5-day session
Fee includes: registration and field fees, lectures, field and laboratory gear, housing and meals as described above. Participants are required to bring their own laptop.
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