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Tuesday, November 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
OBJ vs. GIF: An Comparative Analysis of Expense and Accessibility in Cultural Heritage Digitization

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3D digitization involves the creation of digital surrogates of museum objects. The use of 3D modelling technology in cultural heritage institutions has rapidly increased over the past twenty years. While light-dependent imaging techniques, including photogrammetry, laser triangulation, LiDAR, and range scanning, have proliferated in the museum, more questions remain about long-term model, metadata, and overall file standards. The files produced from these methods, often OBJ, PLY, and STL files, given their long-lasting usage, offer a comparative focus for analyzing the expertise and expense needed to create and share these files, which may put the technology out of reach of small to middle-size cultural heritage institutions and may prohibit non-research parties from accessing these file types. In order to combat these issues, until these 3D file types become more accessible and standardized along with their methods, the author recommends the creation of 360 degree GIF files as an inexpensive, accessible, and effective alternative for cultural heritage digitization.

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Emma Cieslik

Digitization Research Intern, Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry
Emma Cieslik is a student at Ball State University studying public history and anthropology. Over the past three years, Emma has worked in museums of different sizes and subject matter, including the McHenry County History Society and Museum, Midway Village Museum, Field Museum, the... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
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