Archaeologists, historians, and art historians are increasingly turning to three-dimensional computer modeling to create dynamic visualizations of ancient monuments and urban spaces, but the resulting 3-D content is not always accepted as scholarship and integrated into discipline-specific dialogue. In Digital Karnak: An Experiment in Publication and Peer Review of Interactive, Three-Dimensional Content, Elaine A. Sullivan and Lisa M. Snyder propose a reconceptualization of computer modeling as a new means and form of knowledge production, offer a framework for peer review and publication of 3-D content, and describe an experiment to develop an innovative publication with an interactive computer model at its core. The Digital Karnak model, a geotemporal model of an ancient Egyptian temple, is their case study, a 3-D publication package of which they posted for peer review. This article describes the model's creation, the software interface used for the publication prototype (VSim), and the ways in which this project addresses the challenges of publishing 3-D scholarly content.
Digital Karnak:An Experiment in Publication and Peer Review of Interactive, Three-Dimensional Content
Elaine A. Sullivan (MA/PhD Johns Hopkins University) is an Egyptologist and a digital humanist whose scholarship focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. She currently directs the 3D Saqqara project, utilizing a 3-D geographic information systems (GIS) model to explore the ritual landscape of the famous cemetery of Saqqara, Egypt, through space and time. https://people.ucsc.edu/easulliv
Lisa M. Snyder is director of campus research initiatives for UCLA's Office of Information Technology and Institute for Digital Research and Education. She holds a PhD in architecture from UCLA, and her primary research is on educational applications for interactive computer models of historic urban environments. email@example.com
Elaine A. Sullivan, Lisa M. Snyder; Digital Karnak:An Experiment in Publication and Peer Review of Interactive, Three-Dimensional Content. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2017; 76 (4): 464–482. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2017.76.4.464
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