Ethics approval – a word to the wise

I’m doing my ERGO application today. That’s the University’s Ethics risk and approval system, and they’ve worked hard to make it as simple as possible, but it does take time. And so its time to pass on a useful tip to those starting out on their PhD studies. This is the third approval I will have got (and I’m pretty sure to get it, its low risk ethics-wise), during my time here.

Poem X

x i shall be across the plain when the sun was sinking but enough of the chain between my mother embraced me once before when she cut me short with a push   I fed King Solomon’s Mines into Ben’s markov chain generator that he’s been using as part of his class. This is what came out. I like it.

Moving to Berlin!

I’ve been living in South Africa for the past 13 years. I did my high school, bachelors and post-graduate studies here. I’ve had a wonderful time during my stay in a country so full of beautiful scenery and archaeology, wrapped in the hearts of so many cultures. I’ve made some amazing friendships and memories. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in our life.

Resonance: Sound, music and emotion in historic house interpretation

Just drafted an abstract for my Sound Heritage presentation: This presentation explores what computer games can teach us about emotional engagement in cultural heritage interpretation. Beginning with a model of emotional affect drawn from the work of Panksepp and Biven (Panksepp, 2012), Lazarro (Lazarro, 2009), Sylvester (Sylvester, 2013)and Hamari et al (Hamari et al., 2014), it reveals how music especially has become a versatile emotional trigger in game design.

Archaeology within the context of criminal justice: from forensics to heritage crime

Two videos from a session at the CIfA conference for the weekly video post. Session Abstract: Although the contexts differ between archaeology and crime scene work, the methods applied in both are similar. Features are registered, finds are collected and analysed, a chronology of events is established, human interactions are reconstructed and reports are written.

DAH Scholarships Available for DPASSH 2017

The Digital Repository of Ireland, in collaboration with the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme, is offering scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities (DPASSH) conference, which will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton. Priority will be given to current DAH PhD students (although applications will be considered from others), and to those who are submitting an abstract to the conference.

Open Heritage Scholarship 2

Last week I was at London’s Digital Catapult centre, building on the discussion we started with the thinkathon in Winchester. This time round, we wanted to bring in some other voices from outside the academic sector, so I invited Lindsey Green from Frankly Green and Webb, and Kevin Bacon from who I met when he organised a fun workshop for the heritage sector. We also had Jake Berger from the BBC, David Tarrant from the Open Data Institute and Nigel Smith from FutureLearn.

Archaeogaming Unconference 2

The first archaeogaming unconference was held in June 2015. It was a fairly successful event. So let’s have another one, shall we? It will happen via the MIT Unhangout platform in mid January 2017; watch this space for the exact day and time (which depend on my collaborators and the time zones they happen to be in). Please suggest or vote for session ideas here.

ASOR Wrap Up

My apologies for missing a few days on the old blog last week, but I was pretty busy at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to as many panels as I would have liked, but it was a productive meeting none the less. So here are five things that happened (to me; after all, it’s my blog!) at ASOR: 1. Object Biography.