MicroPasts: Crowd and community fuelled archaeological research

February 14th, 2016 by Simon Mahony

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities seminar
Daniel Pett, ‘MicroPasts: Crowd and community fuelled archaeological research’.

When: Wednesday 24th February 17:30 – 19:00
Where: Arts and Humanities Common Room, G24, Foster Court, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

This seminar, given by Daniel Pett (ICT Advisor at the British Museum), will focus on the AHRC funded MicroPasts project, a collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, the British Museum and the public. This project had 3 strands of research, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and 3D. Two aspects were extremely successful, one was not.

The MicroPasts project has looked at a wide range of periods, topics and institutions, working with the Petrie Museum, Mary Rose Museum and British Museum collections for instance, to produce open data, open source software and an open attitude. A demonstration of what can be achieved by a small team, using open source technology to work in tandem with an amazing contributing crowd will be made, with illustration provided by various 3D prints and models.

Speaker:
Daniel Pett joined the British Museum in 2003 after a career in telecommunications and Investment Banking. He is responsible for the delivery of the award-winning Portable Antiquities Scheme website and is currently running a wide array of digital public archaeology projects including the Day of Archaeology.

All welcome and there will be drinks and discussion after the talk. Please note that registration is required.

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