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University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Scott Branting (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2021)
Joseph Kider (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Lori C. Walters (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH): Damage Assessment and Digital Preservation

The development of open source software that will allow archaeologists, historians, and archivists to conduct rapid needs assessment of cultural heritage in conflict and non-conflict situations. The software will, when used in conjunction with mixed reality hardware (which merges both real and virtual worlds), allow users to quickly identify and document damage to structures and sites by providing overlays that compare real-time conditions against previously collected images.

The Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH) project will develop prototype open-source software for field assessment and documentation of built and movable cultural heritage using mixed reality hardware with or without network connections. It will permit real-time overlay comparisons of cultural heritage against earlier documentation while also enabling the creation of new scaled drawings using gestures, even in field situations with no network connections. When network connections are available additional features such as video calls with specialists and data sharing with management systems will be enabled. DATCH will aid rapid needs assessments of cultural heritage in conflict situations, ongoing assessments of cultural heritage in the field, and enable field work across multiple disciplines. The prototype software will be developed and field tested with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but with a goal of cross-platform compatibility across head mounted display mixed reality devices.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$74,916 (approved)
$74,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019