IPCH-YDC2 supports the creation, management, and use of digital information about and related to the cultural heritage collections of Yale University. The primary purpose of this activity is to support the research goals of faculty, students, and the broader community of curators, conservators, and researchers.
A key focus for YDC2 is to use digital technologies to advance the ability of researchers to explore digital collections data. This includes developing and supporting advanced visualization that provides deeper information about the object, data relationships across the collection and a broader context through relationships to other collections data worldwide. A sampling of our ongoing activities is represented here with links to visualizations in the form of photographic and scientific images, moving pictures, 3D models and more. Graphics reveal data. Indeed graphics can be more precise and revealing than conventional statistical computations. The aim of all visualizations is to present data in ways that give new perspective and spark new ideas while providing clear and transparent representations of the data itself.
Visualization has powerful applications in digital humanities research. Visualization extends capabilities for documentation and enhanced analysis of both morphological features and material properties relevant in the research of archaeological, natural history and art objects.
In addition, visualization techniques support the field of conservation as a method of carrying out and documenting environmental conditions monitoring or as means of guiding conservation practices. Visualization may serve as a means of benchmarking the current state of an object and, in turn, may be compared with past and future conditions to demonstrate change via deviation analysis. Through visualization, conservators may also gain insight into the small-scale structures that dictate case-by-case conservation techniques.
Perhaps the greatest potential of visualization lies in its ability to revolutionize the relationship between researcher and object. Visualization supports virtual inspection and study in manners not physically possible. Such innovative research methods impel discovery and inspire a collaborative atmosphere largely possible through web-hosted dissemination.
Currently, our development team at YDC2 is working on incorporating interactive views of visualizations derived from high-resolution photography, reflectance transformation imaging, multispectral imaging, and 3D triangulation laser scanning in the context of the open-source, interoperable web viewer, Mirador.
Mirador, a project led by Stanford University, offers investigative tools including comparative views, pan, zoom and rotate functionalities, as well as annotation in a collaborative, shared workspace. Through Mirador, scholars are able to work together to construct the narrative of an object.
Links to Mirador supported projects:
Mirador RTI Babylonian Collection Viewer Demonstration