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Visualization and Remote Sensing for the Arts and Humanities: an Access Grid Support Network

A network activity organized by Vince Gaffney, Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham (October 2006 - October 2007).

(pdf) (html) Workshop report

Remote sensing and visualization is a strategic and vibrant area of research which informs many areas of the Arts and Humanities. Whether this data is derived from the surface modelling of structures and objects, ground-based geophysics or the expanding array of sensor types it is clear that many disciplines have a requirement for access to remotely-sensed data and the expertise to visualize and re-present this information through increasingly complex software and augmented or virtual environments. However, the visualization and remote sensing community in arts and humanities is dispersed. The consequence of this dispersal is that there are few professional meetings at which these groups gather as a community and the potential to share experience or disseminate best practice between groups is rarely achieved.

The Access Grid Support Network for Visualization and Remote Sensing has brought researchers and software and hardware developers together to discuss research methodologies and solutions. The network has been innovative in that the forum is organized across the Access Grid.

  • The network is dedicated to the dissemination of good practice and innovation in the field of visualization of remote-sensed data in the arts and humanities
  • Participants have included arts and humanities researchers, software and hardware developers with an interest in visualization and with particular reference to GRID computing
  • The network was based around one initial network meeting and seven seminar meetings over a year in which critical issues are defined and developed
  • The provision of AG kits to support specific research groups or individuals has been central to the network. Each kit will comprise web cam, echo cancelling microphone and AG toolkit software plus support for installation
  • Network meetings have been open to any relevant group with an AG capacity

AHDS Methods Taxonomy Terms

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  • General
  • Archaeology


  • Data Analysis - Visual analysis/visualisation
  • Data Analysis - Virtual quantity surveying
  • Data Analysis - Predictive spatial modelling
  • Data Analysis - Record linkages
  • Data Capture - Digital remote sensing
  • Data Capture - 2d Scanning/photography
  • Data Capture - 3d Scanning
  • Data Capture - Digital aerial photography
  • Data Capture - Geophysical survey
  • Data Capture - GPS/total station surveys
  • Data Capture - Usage of existing digital data
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - 3d modelling - vector
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Data modelling - flat/rectangular
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Geo-referencing/projection
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Graphical rendering
  • Communication and collaboration - Video-based interaction - synchronous
  • Data Analysis - Photogrammetry
  • Communication and collaboration - Audio interaction - synchronous
  • Data publishing and dissemination - Streaming audio
  • Data publishing and dissemination - Streaming video
  • Strategy and project management - Documentation