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2D animation “Who is a Museum Conservator?” Collaborative Project

Brinker: Over the past month and a half, Erica Wong, Lead Graphic Designer, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and I have been working on a 2D animation about the conservation of art in a museum.We quickly learned that this project would not only take coordination, but more importantly, it would take a lot of […]

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Indigenous Gamming: Creating Multi-Generational Storytelling Platforms

This blog post provides a look at the first indigenous gaming company “Upper One.” The main mission of Upper One is to have a meaningful and scalable social impact by creating game-based learning instilled with indigenous Alaskan cultural heritage. In addition, they hope to be a catalyst in the video game industry, inspiring other indigenous […]

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3D Printing a Custom Support for an 18th-century French Clock

3D scanning and printing have made their mark on popular culture in the past couple of years with eye-catching headlines like “Researchers Closing in on Printing 3D Hearts” and “Tools of Modern Gunmaking.” Many museums have also started using 3D printing to foster greater engagement and creativity between their visitors and collections. As a cultural […]

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Google Hangouts: Live Video Chatting between Museums & Online Communities

In the past several months, many museums have begun using live video chat as a way to enhance and foster new online discussions and interactions between museum educators and the public. One of the most popular tools has been Google Hangouts which is part of the Google+ social network. It allows for up to 10 […]

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High-tech Heritage Conference: Fenella France and The Declaration of Independence

In May of this year, I presented a section of my masters paper at the University of Massachusetts conference, “High-Tech Heritage.” The theme of  the conference was to examine how the past has long been studied through sequential chronology, geographical and spatial dimensions, and literary narrative. It was argued that in today’s world, the lenses […]

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Google Cultural Institute Paris: Meeting the head of the Nelson Mandela archives project

In June of this year, I had the opportunity to meet the head of the Google Cultural Institute in Paris and talk about the future of digital heritage. I was in the area for a presentation at the French National Archives Museum on “Maori Digital Repatriation” and it worked out that Mark Yoshitaki could talk […]

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Viva la Accessible Software Revolution! 3D Models of Rapa Nui’s Moai

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Easter Island Conference in Santa Rosa California. Over 100 scholars from 14 different countries took part presenting their research on Rapa Nui in the fields of archeology, anthropology, art history, and biology, among others. A recurring theme that kept popping up among different professors, students, and […]

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C3 Technologies: 3D maps of 100 Cities

Step aside Google Maps, and Google Earth the Sweds are taking over. The new startup C3 Technologies out of Oslo Sweden has created new aerial maps that calculate the terrain directly from high definition aerial images. The difference to our American counterparts are the position and angle of special declassified missile targeting cameras from Saab.  […]

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Creating Conversation through Space: A New Bubble in the Hirshorn Museum

Good public spaces can help blur the lines between architecture, urbanism, landscape and media design. This was the goal of Liz Diller and her team at DS+R in creating the new addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Later this year, the Hirshorn will transform itself into a public space for conversation, debate, and […]

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Printing Reflectance Functions

As an art history junkie, I have over the course of two decades, collected my fair share of Art History text books.  While they may have provided a decent study tool, the argument remains (and holds) that there is nothing like standing in front of the real object. Three researchers in the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories at […]

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