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University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94117-1050)
Seth Wachtel (Project Director: September 2014 to June 2019)
Discovery and Documentation of At-Risk Built Heritage

A pilot effort in which community and student volunteers would use easily accessible technologies to document and describe local architectural heritage. A prototype website would offer a common platform for wide participation and public access.

Historic buildings and sites that represent our physical cultural heritage are vulnerable to loss or alteration. Current methods of recording require skilled professionals and expensive technologies. This limits the number of recorded sites to high profile targets, leaving out thousands of worthy and vulnerable sites. This project will demonstrate integrated use of crowdsourcing, low-cost recording devices and open source Internet technologies to achieve high volume recording of heritage sites that may otherwise never be recorded before they are lost. The focus is historically and culturally significant low-visibility sites. Recording includes site, geographic location, images, architectural attributes and 3D models generated from digital images. Volunteers are recruited using social networks. Low-cost recording devices include digital camera, camera-capable mobile phone and Internet-connected computer. Technical infrastructure includes a website for collecting and disseminating record

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Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$60,000 (approved)
$57,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 6/30/2017