Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, 10-20 September 2012
The UK Virtual Heritage School explores the theory and best practice in heritage visualisation. The school is offered by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, UK and is led by King’s Visualisation Lab (KVL), which specialises in the creation of digital visualisations for historical research, archaeology and cultural heritage. KVL is known for its leadership in establishing and promoting international standards for such work, most notably through the London Charter for the Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage. The School syllabus is guided by the principles of this charter. Continue reading VIRTUAL RESTORATION AND RECONSTRUCTION in a London Charter Framework→
We can ‘turn’ a page of a virtual manuscript, look round a virtual statue, ‘walk-through’ a virtual building, our avatar can ‘perform’ in a virtual amphitheatre or ‘sit’ and watch others acting. Wouldn’t it be exiting to also be able to ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ the virtual objects around us? Over the years very many 3D computer models of artefacts have been created, and many got neglected. Their use in research and education could be much wider, and benefit new users, if optimised for haptic display. As part of the Digital Arts and Culture module, our DH postgraduates have tried and tested a haptic system in the classroom. They ‘handled’ 3D models of museum objects that cannot be touched by the public. Students’ feedback was very encouraging: this is an exciting area of technology! We, the Digital Humanists should try to influence its future development by voicing our needs and expectations.