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MicroPasts Project wins Digital Data Reuse Award 2015

23 October 2015

Heritage crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in the UK

Amphora Profiling, a multi-application crowd-sourcing initiative developed and hosted as part of the MicroPasts project, has been awarded the ADS Digital Data Reuse Award 2015.

The app builds on the University of Southampton’s Roman Amphorae archive and takes scanned line drawings of Roman period Mediterranean amphora for the public to properly scale to allow the creation of clean (edge-matched) 2D vector polygons which in turn can be turned into 3D models.

The project was chosen as the winner by the ADS because of the innovative way in which the ADS digital archive had been used and because the new data provided significant public engagement potential for more detailed research and reuse.

The MicroPasts initiative is a collaboration between UCL and the British Museum, which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), under the Capital Funding Call for Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities as well as receiving AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement for a programme of knowledge exchange activities.

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