EVA Berlin 2012 – some immediate reactions

Just a short list of impressions from the conference – interestingly mostly the same as from DigitalFossil 2012

- archaeologists and art historians are a decade ahead of palaeontologists with regards to some 3D techniques and databases.

- with regards to scanning per se we are up to date – people here face the same issues and make the same mistakes. I didn’t see anything that I didn’t see at DigitalFossil 2012.

- web based viewing with efficient streaming even of large objects is easily doable.

- 3D printing is just WOW! New materials allow incredible stuff.

- there are many smart and useful ways of presenting 2D and 3D data from collections via the web. it is surprising how DIFFICULT people make the task. Is that simply the protecting-my-bowl-of-rice phenomenon? Or opposition to anything “new”?

- modern techniques using interactive touch screens are overdue in exhibitions. THings work reliably and easily.

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I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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2 Responses to EVA Berlin 2012 – some immediate reactions

  1. Stu Pond says:

    I touched very briefly on the subject of the techniques used in medcomms to get over the science involved in drug development during my talk at DigitalFossil2012. Touch screens are but one example of the many technologies that we should be using to get our research to a wider audience. I created my first touchscreen presentation way back in the late 90’s, and these can be used for gathering data as well as outreach, enabling more interaction (via social media for example) with the target audience.

    There are issues however, namely the cost involved in authoring and hardware. This can be offset to a degree by maxing out the usage of any assets created: think reusage!

  2. Art Andersen says:

    The costs of hardware and software has been in decline for many years. A piece of software I recenly purchased was the same price as in 1996! Adjusted for inflation, it is now cheaper and far more powerful. And talk about somputing power, wow.
    The same with 3-D printing. I sold 3-D printing for a service company in the early 90’s. The parts were expensive a fragile. Now they are far less expensive and much tougher. Plus there are some new desktop machines selling in the US for lsee that $3,000.00.
    However, 3-D scanners are still rather expensive, particulary industrial scanners that demand high accuracy. Yet some less accurate and less costly scanners, and photogrammetry, will encourge further entry into Paleo/Archeo 3-D.

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