I had the wonderful pleasure of talking about one of the things that I am very passionate about, emotional engagement with research! In December 2020 I was invited to talk at the 3DVis conference hosted by the University of Warwick and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH). It was a great session with many interesting speakers from industry who are partnering with GLAM around the country to increase engagement with their collections.
You can skip ahead to my section of the talk here: https://youtu.be/MhJvlDhgMhU?list=LL&t=4718, after I managed to recover it from an internet outage! Stay safe and I hope to see my collaborators soon when it is safe to do so! With kindest regards, Richard
I hear you say “what is RTI“? Well it stands for Reflectance Transformation Imaging. But that doesn’t tell you very much. What it does, is basically allow one to capture the surface detail of an object and relight it from any angle. How is this useful? Some of you may also be thinking… Well one use could be bringing out surface detail that is hard to see in ordinary lighting conditions. Such as, hidden graffiti on a wall in a dark catacomb! Or microscopic cut marks on a piece of bone that could have been butchered. OK so with that last example they didn’t do RTI, and there has been a lot of controversy over their findings. If they had done RTI, they would have been able to share their work easily through WordPress or any HTML based site using the WebGL application below made by A Gentleman called Gianpaolo Palma and so allowed greater transparency with their research!
Above is an example of a bone we imaged with the help of the AiU using a custom rig that designed and built by us, commissioned by a DPhil student and funded by the Ashmolean Museum for a special field project. Go on, have a play! It’s simple, just press the ? for on screen instructions and be amazed by the virtual “torch light” bringing out hidden surface details!
Below you can see some pictures of the rig we used that was inspired in part by this article in Make magazine but was eventually completely redesigned. It’s bigger and badder and the circuitry is way more simple, we also added features such as swappable LEDs for potential multi-spectral imaging and ease of repair.