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The Getty Foundation Facilitates Digital Mapping at Historic Sites
The Getty Foundation is issuing four grants that will endorse shared learning opportunities for art historians and support the use of geospatial and digital mapping tools to document and analyze global cultural and historical sites: Pompeii and Florence in Italy, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. According to the press release, “Each of the four projects will create or expand a GIS (Geographic Information System) platform to manage geographic, cultural, and archival data. Several of the projects are also seeking to incorporate digital reconstructions, in the form of three-dimensional models and augmented reality, into their GIS platforms. Once created, these models will provide an enhanced understanding of the historical fabric of spaces, structures and artworks.”
“Technology is truly an area that benefits from collaboration, so we’ve brought this approach to our grantmaking,” says Joan Weinstein, acting director of the Getty Foundation. “Funding scholars who work together in a common area, in this case digital mapping, can help them learn from one another and push the whole field forward.”
For more information and the list of grant recipients, read the press release.
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