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During the project, a number of internal and external formative workshops will be organised to offer investigators, curators, conservators and other interested parties at UCL the opportunity to look in more detail at the proposed project and produce a more detailed specification and review criteria. These workshops will also consider the requirements for the user interface, and requirements for labelling and linking to external data sources.
The first E-Curator workshop took place on February 29th, 2008, at UCL. Several curators and conservators from UCL Museums were invited by the e-Curator steering group. The goal of the workshop was to find out what the users expect from the e-Curator application and to seek an ideal outcome for designing the interface for the web-based software tool.
A participatory approach to user designed systems was used during the workshop. It began with a 'Condition Report and Catalogue Entry' session, in which curators and conservators demonstrated the preparation of condition report and catalogue entry using objects from UCL Museums and Collections. Following that, participants were requested to write a list of the features they would think as being most useful within the software. These features were then brought together and were ranked according to their priorities. The workshop continued with presentations about the scanning process with Airus3D and the planned software architecture. It closed with a Discussion Session.
important part of the dissemination and feedback was reached by
giving papers and posters on international conference in the sector of
3D, Heritage and Museums. The E-Curator team has published in the following conference proceedings/ papers:
Hess M., MacDonald S., Brown I, Simon Millar F., Were G., Robson S.,: Well connected to your digital object? E-Curator: a web-based e-science platform for museum artefacts. Special Issue about cyberinfrastructure for the arts and humanities and the digital object of Literary and Linguistic Computing, Oxford Journals
M. Hess, S. Robson: 3D colour imaging for heritage artefacts. ISPRS Commission V - Close Range Image Measurement Techniques, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 22-24th June 2010
Hess M., Robson S., Were G.,Simon Millar F., Hviding E., Berg C. A. : Niabara - the Western Solomon Islands War Canoe at the British Museum. 3D documentation, virtual reconstruction and digital repatriation. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia VSMM 2009. "Vision or Reality? Computer Technology and Science in Art, Cultural Heritage, Entertainment and Education", Vienna, Austria, September 9-12, 2009
Final report on the E-Curator project on the AHESSC website.
Ariadne online magazine for information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors (Issue 60/ July 2009): E-Curator: A 3D web-based Archive for Conservators and Curators.
Traceable storage and transmission of colour laser scan datasets. S.Robson, I. Brown, M. Hess, S. MacDonald, Y-H. Ong, F. Simon Millar (pp 93-99) in Digital Heritage. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (full papers), Editors: M. Ioannides, A. Addison et al., Archaeoloingua/ Budapest 2008. ISBN: 978-963-8046-99-4. VSMM/ CIPA 2008 Conference dedicated to Digital Heritage: Our Hi-tech-STORY for the Future; Cyprus, 20 - 26 October 2008, http://www.vsmm2008.org/
E-Curator: 3D colour scans for object assessment. S. Robson, I. Brown, M. Hess, S. MacDonald, Y-H. Ong, F. Simon Millar. CIDOC 2008 conference in Athens dedicated to The Digital Curation of Cultural Heritage;, Athens/ Greece, 15-18 September 2008, http://www.cidoc2008.gr/cidoc/
Hess M., Simon Millar F., Ong Y-H., Robson S., Were G., Brown I., MacDonald S. : 3D colour scans for objects assessment, EVA conference "Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts", 22-24 July 2008, London/ England, Conference Proceedings, Editors: S. Dunn, S. Keene, G. Mallen, J. Bowen. The British Computer Society, Plymouth 2008, ISBN 978-1-906124-07-6, pp 125 – 13.