Program and Project Archives

The Center for Academic Technology periodically explores and launches new initiatives. The list below services as an index of past programs and projects. At some point, these initiatives may re-emerge or evolve into new programs or projects. If you have questions about these programs, reach out to CAT via email at cat@butler.edu.

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Sculpted Bust for Photogrammetry data acquisitionIn spring of 2019, Academic Technlogy Specialist Kristen Allen from CAT and Scholarly Communication Associate Olivia MacIsaac from Butler Libraries were awarded a PALNI Innovation Grant to use Photogrammetry to teach, preserve, and give access to 3D special collection materials. As explained by Photogrammetry.com: “Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. The input to photogrammetry is photographs, and the output is typically a map, a drawing, a measurement, or a 3D model of some real-world object or scene.”

Tatum Turner acquiring imagesThis project means that Butler will be able to allow increased access to items found in Butler’s art collection with out risking damage that might occur from hands-on exploration. To assist with the digitatization, student employee Tatum Turner was hired.  Allen, MacIsaac and Turner have been documetning the process and will develop a training regimen so that others will be able to use photogrammetry to allow safe access to artificats.

Learn more about this PALNI Photogrammety Innovation Grant Project from the PALNI grant site.

Grant Personnel

Kristen Allen

Portrait of Kristen Allen

Olivia MacIsaac

Portrait of Olivia MacIsaac

Tatum Turner

Portrait of Tatum Turner

Tatum Turner performing RTICulturalheritageimaging.org calls RTI “…a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s surface shape and color attributes. The enhancement functions of RTI reveal surface information that is not disclosed under direct empirical examination of the physical object.”

In CAT, Information Commons student employee Tatum Turner is working with professor Lynne Kvapil to help her prepare to peform RTI on clay documents she’ll be working with on a forthcoming trip to Greece. Ms. Turner’s work is indispensable to the project; in fact, Professor Kvapil stated “…Tatum is the RTI expert here! She is the one who has really figured out how it works and is teaching me!”

Portrait of Professor KvapilProfessor Kvapil provides background on her project:

“I have been asked to publish inscribed clay documents from Petsas House, an archaeological site near Mycenae in Greece. People may know Mycenae as the home of mythical King Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War. Petsas House was a building complex in the settlement of Mycenae that was used for habitation, ceramic production, and storage during the 14th C BCE. The house was destroyed by earthquake and fire ca. 1300 BCE. The clay documents, which were found in a 13m deep well located within the house, are administrative in nature and are inscribed in Linear B, a syllabic script that records words in ancient Greek more than 500 years before the ancient Greek alphabet as we know it was developed. My hope is that RTI will reveal more clearly the inscriptions on these tablets and perhaps even instances of erasure and reuse so that we can better understand the economic operations of the house.”

Learn more about RTI from the Cultural Heritage Science Open Source video below: