Cultural computing clash

Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums have been early adopters of digital technology to carry out advanced analysis of items in their holdings, and also to increase public engagement activities with their collections. This talk will look at the opportunities, issues, and rewards possible for researchers developing digital approaches interacting with colleagues from the cultural heritage sector to build successful advanced computational projects with GLAM content. From scanning of Egyptian Mummy cartonnage to the digital scanning of whole museums, this talk will showcase a range of innovative projects, whilst also giving pointers on how others can approach this interdisciplinary space successfully.

Melissa Terras is the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, which she joined in October 2017, leading digital aspects of research within CAHSS at Edinburgh, as well as building digital capacity in the new Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts, humanities, and wider cultural heritage and information environment that would otherwise be impossible. With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature (MA, University of Glasgow), and Computing Science (MSc IT with distinction in Software and Systems, University of Glasgow), her doctorate (Engineering, University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read Roman texts.