Chief Technology Strategist
University of California San Diego
This session will provide a briefing on the At-Risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities University of California (UC), Catalyst grant work, specifically on the 3D CAVEkiosk installed in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Geisel Library. The Cave is an interactive display for work which is being done at UCSD (Tom Levy) in collaboration with archaeology faculty at UC Berkeley (Benjamin Porter), UC Merced (Nicola Lercari) and UC Los Angeles (Willeke Wendrich), incorporating more than 10,000 years of cultural materials, architecture and landscapes. The grant includes site and artifact identification, cataloging, and digital preservation of complex data and other content derived from satellite imagery, drones, sensors, 3D data capture, and other techniques. The platform is expected to enable correlative studies of regional climate/environmental data and demographic, cultural, and technological changes, as well as the creation of 3D models using new kinds of geospatial data. It will also enable studies of how human conflicts, climate change, pollution, natural disasters, and looting affect archaeological sites and forecasting of critically-endangered places.