Heritage Walks and Xpaths X Paths
Speaker(s) : T B Dinesh
- Date : Monday 9 July 2012
- Schedule : 14h00
- Duration : 40 minutes
- Place : Uni Mail R150
A digital heritage site is where you enter a heritage site by the click of a button without actually being at the heritage site. One gets to explore in great detail the murals, carvings, architecture and videos of cultural heritage. A lot of technology for this involves stitching photographs of high resolution and techniques to render these in 2D and a 3D that simulates experience of a physical walk. In the Indian Digital Heritage Project, a digital heritage walk is to be experienced in a web browser, and tools being developed are to enable people to setup their own digital heritage sites in the future. One significant aspect of interest, in a heritage walk, is having narratives of the many artifacts at the heritage site. Often these narratives are of mixed-media, that pull up related videos, scholarly discussions or similar artifacts of the same period. Effectively this work will involve a tedious job of collating all related bodies of work, else where in the world, for every artifact of interest.
We illustrate with a case of interconnected cultural heritage repositories related to Hampi, a heritage site, and present the various repositories and groups of people who become a social semantic web by being effective agents of "redistribution". We also describe how this general technique can be used in other educational and research contexts.
You can see this re-narrated in other languages Here. Re-narration tools use similar ideas.
Dinesh has Computer Science background and is a founder of Janastu in Bangalore, India. Janastu has been providing free and open source (FOSS) solutions and support to small not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002. This includes one-on-one consulting regarding the information management needs of the NPOs/NGOs, building their online and offline knowledge bases, providing support to their projects: designing web-sites, configuring news-filters, helping them migrate to open source solutions, localization and Indian language issues support, geographic information collection, and comprehensive or modular open source software development. Dinesh is also a founding member of the International Institute of Art Culture and Democracy.