MODULE DESCRIPTION 2018-19

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6219 DIGITAL CULTURAL HERITAGE: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
CO-ORDINATOR: KEVIN KUYKENDALL
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

Digital Cultural Heritage has recently been at the centre of intellectual and methodological advances for the interpretation and presentation of the past. The use of audio-visual resources and interactive media in disciplines concerned with the past has been acknowledged as an attractive scholarly endeavour, while recent developments in the fields of digital acquisition and dissemination have been influencing, and ever shaping the way scholars and heritage professionals communicate their work to the public. Such transformations in the style of scholarship and dissemination of the past are not without conflicts: new affordances versus traditional modes of inquiring and presenting the past, issues of technological determinism in scholarly work and dissemination outputs, and changes in the way scholars and audiences alike interact with cultural heritage information in its physical and digital context are some of the long-standing debates in the field and more broadly in the Digital Humanities. This module examines both the theoretical and practical impact of new media and technology on Cultural Heritage. We will draw on theoretical readings as well as analyse the potential benefits and drawbacks of certain digital and online resources. A major component of the course will be a semester-long project that will require each student to develop a proposal for a digital cultural heritage resource. The module is for students with a background and interest in a variety of fields related to cultural heritage, including museums, libraries, galleries, archives, history and archaeology, as well as in education and information technology.

Topics include principles and theoretical issues on Digital Cultural Heritage, creating digital assets and assembling multi-form collections, establishing principles for user experience, and using multi-form resources to create digital narratives for public dissemination. You will learn about specific digital techniques and how to implement them in response to the requirements of the data, the respective digital platforms and setting of dissemination, and the user experience. By the end of the module you will understand how to think critically about the role of digital resources and narrative in disseminating the past, and learn how to effectively use such resources for public engagement.

BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate:

• understanding of the theoretical value and applicability of digital approaches for Cultural Heritage interpretation and public engagement.
• the ability to create, assemble and present a digital collection of multi-form cultural heritage resources.practical knowledge of data creation (acquisition and processing, focused on image, 3D and location-based data).
• understanding of basic principles for user experience and engaging digital outputs for public audiences.
• understanding and critically reflecting on your own processes of creating a Digital Cultural Heritage project.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

  • Introduction to digital Cultural Heritage
  • Discuss class objectives, schedule, student assessment/projects – Video recording and editing
  • Social media workshop
  • Performing Tradition in the Digital Age: the case of Digital Folk
  • Weston Park Museum visit – digital heritage exercise
  • Digital spaces, cultural places: understanding the curatorial perspective through museum interventions at The British Museum
  • Transforming communities through co-designing novel experiences of heritage at a local museum – a participatory case of research through design
  • Audio recording and editing
  • Clay pipes and 3D scanning techniques for heritage objects
  • Student round table discussion – project designs & readings

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures & seminars 20 hrs
Independent study (including preparation for assessments) 130 hrs

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Report 100% 3,000 words
Collaborative group based exercise Formative