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Forum Journal: Technology Transforming Preservation (Vol. 32, No. 1) 

06-22-2018 10:47

Cover to Volume 23, No 1 Technology Transforming PreservationThis issue of the Forum Journal explores two distinct applications of technology in preservation. The first is the documentation of historic places and the management of the resulting historic resource data. The second is telling the stories of old and historic places, which increasingly involves the use of innovations like social media and virtual reality.

Expanding on some of our conversations from the past year, the issue asks fundamental questions about the role technology plays in preservation. When should we adopt new technologies? How can we best use new tools to complement and enhance our tried-and-true methods of saving places? In short, how can technology best help us do our work? The authors delve into the latest documentation techniques and inventory managements systems, talk about what to consider when adopting new technologies, and examine the role of social media in inclusive storytelling.

Table of Contents

  • Preservation Technology: Opening the Field to New Possibilities by Priya Chhaya and Reina Murray
  • Making Sustainable Technology Choices by Tom Scheinfeldt
  • A Different View: Using Drones to Document Historic Places by Terry Kilby and Belinda Kilby
  • Virtual Reality as an Agent of Preservation by Ross Tredinnick, Erica Gill, Kevin Ponto, and Destinee Udelhoven
  • The Arches Heritage Inventory and Management System for the Protection of Cultural Resources by Annabel Lee Enriquez, David Myers, and Alison Dalgity
  • Social Stories: Digital Storytelling and Social Media by Jessica Marie Johnson
  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Preservation by Luke Pecoraro

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Author(s):Priya Chhaya, Reina Murray, Tom Scheinfeldt, Terry Kilby, Belinda Kilby, Ross Tredinnick, Erica Gill, Kevin Ponto, Destinee Udelhoven, Annabel Lee Enriquez, David Myers, Alison Dalgity, Jessica Marie Johnson, Luke Pecoraro
Volume:32
Issue:1
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In their introduction to the issue, Priya Chhaya and Reina Murray outline two distinct roles that technology plays in historic preservation: (1) documenting historic places and managing the resulting data and (2) telling the stories of old and historic places. Reflecting on a year of exploring tech in preservation, they also contemplate fundamental questions about its impact—most essentially, how can technology best help us do our work?
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Associate professor of digital humanities at the University of Connecticut Tom Scheinfeldt lays out guidelines for meaningful institutional investments in technology—ones that will ensure that tech changes are smart and sustainable. He describes the importance of managing expectations, starting with “lower” tech, and opting for open source and open standards software. Most important, Scheinfeldt explains, is investing in people—competent and adaptable staff to guide technology changes.
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Terry and Belinda Kilby, co-founders of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imaging and visualization service company Elevated Element, describe their work using UAVs (drones) in preservation across Maryland. They give a brief history of drone evolution in the last decades and describe several of the projects they’ve worked on, including historic Ellicott City. They go on to offer advice for preservationists considering the use of UAVs in their work, including recommendations for finding drone operators, for anticipating costs and fees, and for properly following regulations.
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Staff from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Living Environments Laboratory and the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society describe their use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) scanning and virtual reality (VR) technologies in preservation. After explaining the mechanisms behind LiDAR and VR and giving a brief history of both, the authors describe their own projects, which include 3-D models of Taliesin East and Wisconsin’s Norway Building. Finally, they discuss the future of VR in preservation—its potential and its limitations.
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Getty Conversation Institute staff who work on the Arches Heritage Inventory and Management system explain the value Arches can bring to preservation professionals. Arches was built specifically to meet challenges that preservation organizations face in maintaining inventory systems: complexity of information, rapidly changing technology, and lack of resources. Arches addresses each of these, and it is popular with organizations managing cultural resource inventory information both in the United States and around the world.
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Johns Hopkins University assistant professor Jessica Marie Johnson focuses on social media, which she says is “uniquely suited” to expanding the possibility of digital storytelling. Johnson discusses the impact of traditional blogs and archive platforms; the evolution of Faceook and Twitter; and the significance of the social media “build,” which includes profile and cover photos, bios, and other descriptive information. She highlights several Twitter accounts devoted to telling the stories of enslaved people as well the Brown Girls Museum Blog, which makes use of social media to elevate the voices of marginalized groups.
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Luke Pecoraro uses his experience as director of archaeology at George Washington’s Mount Vernon to collect lessons and ideas from across the other articles in the issue. He examines the role of technology in records and documentation and considers how to most thoughtfully embrace technological change.

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