Conference, Digital Humanities, talks

report on trip to Italy, Malta (abridged)

Erik Champion was awarded a small school grant of $2000 to present conference papers at Genoa Italy in October 2016.

GENOA ITALY
He presented two conference papers which are now in the Eurographics Digital Library.

  1. Champion, Erik Malcolm; Qiang, Li; Lacet, Demetrius; Dekker, Andrew. https://diglib.eg.org/handle/10.2312/2630933/browse?value=Champion%2C+Erik+Malcolm&type=author3D in-world Telepresence With Camera-Tracked Gestural Interaction (The Eurographics Association, 2016) While many education institutes use Skype, Google Chat or other commercial video-conferencing applications, these applications are not suitable for presenting architectural or urban design or archaeological information ..
  2. Champion, Erik Malcolm, The Missing Scholarship Behind Virtual Heritage Infrastructures (The Eurographics Association, 2016). This theoretical position paper outlines four key issues blocking the development of effective 3D models that would be suitable for the aims and objectives of virtual heritage infrastructures. It suggests that a real-time …

At the presentation in Genoa he was invited to discussion collaboration with the world heritage lab: HIVE, University of California Merced:

VENICE ITALY
He was also invited to present at Ca Foscari Venice (picture above) -apart from being the guest speaker on a digital humanities panel at the academic year opening of Ca Foscari, University of Venice and he was interviewed by their student paper.
VALETTA MALTA
He was also invited to present at the National Centre of Creativity, organised by the University of Malta and the talk was announced in the national paper, Times of Malta. He also met Heritage Malta and another institute who are keen to collaborate in cultural heritage projects.

He’d like to thank MCCA-Curtin, Arianna and Milena for organising his talks in Venice and Malta respectively and Eurographics for the GCH conference in Genoa.

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Announcements, archaeology, talks, virtual heritage

Public Talk: Ca Foscari University, Venice

Serious Games For History & Heritage: Learning From Triumphs & Disasters

Date: 10:00 -11.00, Monday 2 October 2016

Venue: Aula Magna Silvio Trentin,Ca’ Foscari University, Palazzo Ca’ Dolfin, Venice, Italy.

The Games Industry. In 2016, will reputedly become a 100 billion USD industry with mobile games overtaking PC and game consoles for the first time. While the year before, in 2015 Minecraft became the second highest selling game of all time, at $54 billion USD (GameCentral for Metro.co.uk, 2015; Mojang, 2016). And the year before that, in 2014, Microsoft bought Minecraft for 2.5 billion US dollars. So surely it would make sense to appropriate game design to the purposes of the humanities, especially to history and heritage? In this talk I will examine the promise  of serious games and the related global industry for communicating aspects of the past, but I will also outline key issues that have hindered the employment of games for education and dissemination, and provide examples of serious games and virtual heritage projects that I have worked on over the last fifteen years.

References

  1. http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/21/video-games-will-become-a-99-6b-industry-this-year-as-mobile-overtakes-consoles-and-pcs/
  2. GameCentral for Metro.co.uk. (2015). Minecraft is now second best selling video game ever. Metro. Retrieved from Metro website: http://metro.co.uk/2014/06/26/minecraft-is-now-second-best-selling-video-game-ever-4776265/
  3. Mojang. (2016). MINECRAFT STATISTICS. Retrieved from https://minecraft.net/stats
  4. Champion, E. (2015) Critical Gaming: Interactive History And Virtual Heritage. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities UK: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Critical-Gaming-Interactive-History-and-Virtual-Heritage/Champion/p/book/9781472422903
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#GLAMVR16

Well #GLAMVR16 was the twitter hashtag for Friday 26 August’s event held at the HIVE Curtin university, Perth. In the morning two invited speakers (Assistant Professor Elaine Sullivan and Mr Conal Tuohy) gave talks on Digital Karnak and Linked Open Data. They were followed by myself and my colleagues at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, then a workshop on Trove data feed into UNITY game engine dynamically (Mr Michael Wiebrands) and Augmented Reality, Vueforia>Unity (Mr Dominic Manley).

There were three themes/reasons for the morning talks and afternoon workshops.

1.Digital Heritage: Workflows & issues in preserving, exporting & linking digital collections (especially heritage collections for GLAM.

2.Scholarly Making: Encourage makerspaces & other activities in tandem with academic research.

3.Experiential Media: Develop AR/VR & other new media technology & projects esp. for humanities.

The event was part of a strategic grant received from the School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, so thanks very much to MCCA!

Schedule and links to slides

Session title and links to slideshare PRESENTER
Introductions Erik Champion
Digital Karnak Elaine Sullivan, UCSC USA
Linked Open Data Visualisation Conal Tuohy, Brisbane
MORNING TEA morning TEA
Making collections accessible in an online environment Lise Summers
Digital scholarship, makerspaces and the library Karen Miller
Digital Heritage Interfaces and Experiential Media Erik Champion
Simple Biometric Devices for Audience Engagement Stuart Bender
Usability of interactive digital multimedia in the GLAM sector Beata Dawson
Emotive Media – Visualisation and Analysis of Human Bio-Feedback Data Artur Lugmayr
Visualising information with RAM iSquares Pauline Joseph
LUNCH
digital workflows (UNITY)  Michael Wiebrands
Introduction to Augmented Reality Dominic Manley
final questions/social networking/ SUNDOWNER Centre for Aboriginal Studies Foyer
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Digital Heritage, Scholarly Making & Experiential Media

Our internal small grant (School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University) was successful!

Here is a synopsis of the application (redacted):

Digital Heritage, Scholarly Making & Experiential Media

We propose

  • A one-day workshop [Friday 26 August 2016, HIVE] with 3D, Digital APIs, UNITY and Augmented Reality workshops.
  • We will present our projects at that workshop and a month later meet to review progress and each other’s publications and grants.
  • Then we will organize with the Library and other GLAM partners a cultural hackathon in Perth where programmers and other parties spend a day creating software prototypes based on our ideas from the workshop. The best project will win a prize but the IP will be open source and contestants may be invited into the research projects or related grant applications.
  • Equipment to build prototypes and showcases for future grants. Part of the money will also go into Virtual Reality headsets, and Augmented Reality equipment that can be loaned out from the MCCA store to postgraduates and students.

The above would help progress the below research projects:

  • Another need is to develop the maker-space and digital literacy skills in information studies and the Library Makerspace, to develop a research area in scholarly making.
  • Another project is to integrate archives and records with real-time visualisation such as in the area of digital humanities scholarship, software training in digital humanities, and hands on workshops and crafting projects at the Curtin University Library.
  • Another project is to explore how SCALAR can integrate 3D and Augmented Reality and create a framework for cloud-based media assets that could dynamically relate to an online scholarly publication and whether that journal in printed form, with augmented reality trackers and head mounted displays could create multimedia scholarly journals where the multimedia is dynamically downloaded from the Internet so can be continually updated. Can this work inform future developments of eSPACE and interest in ‘scholarly making’ and makerspaces?
  • There is potential to create an experiential media research cluster with the new staff of SODA, to explore immersive and interactive media that can capture emotions and affects of participants or players. This requires suitable equipment.
Conference, talks

Planned / hopeful trips in 2016

START DUE CONFERENCE THEME LOCATION
Happening..
04-Apr-16 invited Interactive Pasts Exploring the intersections of archaeology & video games Leiden, The Netherlands
06-Apr-16 invited Three-dimensional Dynamic Data Visualization and Exploration for Digital Humanities Research Hamburg Germany

08-Jun-16 18-Feb-16 Presence The Power of Presence Kyoto Japan (if writing an abstract that gets accepted!)
20-Jun-16 19-Feb-16 DHA2016 DIGITAL HUMANITIES AUSTRALASIA 2016:Working with Complexity (faintly possibly) Hobart Tasmania Australia

Not sure what is happening here
22-Jun-16 invited NEH Humanities Heritage 3D Vis:Theory & Practice L.A. USA

Happening
12-Aug-16 invited Digital Collections Presenting Cultural Specificity in Digital Collections workshop NUS, Singapore

And possibly!?..
28-Sep-16 10-May-16 ICEC Entertainment Computing Vienna Austria (if writing an abstract that gets accepted!)
05-Oct-16 15-May-16 GCH2016 Graphics and Cultural Heritage  Genoa Italy (if writing an abstract that gets accepted!)
08-Oct-16 30-Jan-16 Charting the Digital Charting the Digital: Play, Discourse, Disruption Venice Italy (if writing an abstract that gets accepted!)

talks, virtual heritage

next trip: Digital Densities, Melbourne, 26-27 March 2015

Digital Densities 
A symposium examining relations between material cultures and digital data
26th – 27th March 2015, The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Digital Humanities Incubator (DHI) in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.

Presenters include Sarah Kenderdine, Paul Arthur, Erik Champion, Miguel Escobar, Rachel Fensham, Gillian Russell, Nick Thieberger and Deb Verhoeven.

  • Keynote Address: Prof. Sarah Kenderdine. Thursday 26th March 2015, 6-8pm McMahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts Building
  • Registration 8.45am.
  • Friday 27th March 2015, 9am – 5.30pm Linkway, 4th Floor John Medley Building

Admission is free. Bookings are Required. Seating is limited.

My abstract (and I am happy to meet and network with people the day before):

Title: Intangible Heritage, Material Culture and Digital Futures
Our experience with the material culture of situated heritage is typically embodied, personal, and unique. On the other hand, our literary understanding of the past as developed through reading of scholarly texts is typically linear, monovocal, and aplatial.  Our experience and our literary understanding are two modes of knowledge that seldom meet.
Digital humanities has/have promised to provide alternative visions to metanarrative, to frozen information, and to disembodied experiences. Digital technology has offered to destroy distance and difference. My research on the other hand, aims to restore an appreciation of distance and difference, though creating cultural constraints in immersive visualizations through both the limitations and affordances of digital technologies. Now I have proposed to UNESCO to combine game engine capabilities and consumer-level capture technologies with open access 3D cultural heritage content in new and community-maintained online archives. Can this project provide material weight to the virtual?