James Monroe Museum 3D Objects Group Contract

Contract for ADH James Monroe Museum Group

Mary Fesak,Jonathan Hernandez, and Lila Spitz

 

Mission Statement

This project will digitize a minimum of 5 objects in the James Monroe Museum’s collections using 3D laser scanners. During the project, an Omeka website will be created to include 1 page for each object with a 1-2 paragraph description, Dublin Core metadata, a photograph of the object, a link to a short video of a museum expert explaining the object on YouTube, and the 3D image. The group will attempt to find a plugin to embed the 3D file in the Omeka web page. However, if there is no plugin, the page will contain a link to the 3D scan hosted on Sketchfab.

 

The goal of the project is to attract museum visitors and enable researchers and the public to interact with and learn about objects significant to the life of James Monroe. The website will be linked to the James Monroe Museum’s website and ultimately be taken over and maintained by the museum, so it will be designed with as much simplicity and as little customization as possible. The project will be publicized through the museum’s social media accounts and connections to other historical organizations.

 

Tools

  • Omeka Website platform: jamesmonroe3d.umwhistory.org
  • SketchFab to host STL files
  • 3D Scanners borrowed from UMW
    • Computers with software for 3D scanning installed owned by UMW
    • Structure app for Mary’s iPad
  • DSLR Camera for Videos
  • Standard Tripod
  • Portable Audio Recorder
  • IMovie video editing program on iMacs in Multimedia Editing Lab
    • Videos to be hosted on James Monroe Museum’s YouTube channel
  • Artifacts from the James Monroe Museum
  1. James Monroe’s Mounted Waistcoat and Slacks
    1. Large rotating scanner designed for scanning people
    2. Scanned at UMW
    3. Approximately 20 minutes to scan
  2. Shoes
    1. Portable rotating scanner
    2. Scanned at JMM
    3. Approximately 20 minutes to scan
  3. Bi Cornered Hat
    1. Medium rotating scanner or iPad scanner
    2. Scanned at UMW
    3. Approximately 20-30 minutes to scan
  4. 2 Dueling Pistols
    1. Portable rotating scanner
    2. Scanned at JMM
    3. Approximately 20 minutes to scan
  5. Napoleonic Chair
    1. iPad scanner
    2. Scanned at JMM
    3. Approximately 30 minutes to scan

 

Schedule of milestones

  1. Met with Curator Jarod Kearney (January 14th)  
  2. Met with Dr. Meadows about the 3D scanners. (February 2nd)
  3. Met with Jarod Kearney again and talked to him about the pieces that they wanted to scan.(February 3rd)
  4. Meet with the DKC, to learn about the different plugins we could use in order to import scanned objects into a site.(February 4th)
  5. Practice using the laser scanners.(Week 5 2/8-2/12)
  6. Install Omeka, create SketchFab account, and arrange a weekly time to scan. (Week 6 2/15-2/19)
  7. Scan first object and record video. Obtain the information for Dublin Core entry and 1-2 paragraph description from the museum. Support with additional scholarly sources if necessary. Uploads and entries due 1 week from scan.  Video due by week 9. (Week 7 2/22-2/26)
  8. Scan and record video for second object and obtain information. Uploads and entries due the following week. Video due by week 10. (Week 8 3/7-3/11)
  9. Scan and record video for third object and obtain information. Uploads and entries due the following week.  Video due by week 11. (Week 9 3/14-3/18)
  10. Scan and record video for fourth object and obtain information. Uploads and entries due the following week.  Video due by week 12. (Week 10 3/21-3/25)
  11. Scan and record video for fifth object and obtain information. Uploads and entries due the following week.  Video due by week 12. (Week 11 3/28-4/1)
  12. Write the about page and background information for the website. (Week 12 4/4-4/8)
  13. Proofread, tie up loose ends, and publicize via social media. (Week 13 4/11-4/15)
  14. Project due April 19.

 

Basic Division of Labor

Except for under extenuating circumstances, all three group members must be present for the laser scanning and video recording. One member of the group will be responsible for uploading the laser scan, creating the Dublin Core metadata, and writing the paragraph description for each object. The other two group members will provide suggestions and edit. Mary and Lila will write up two objects and Jonathan one. Jonathan will lead in the video editing and the other group members will assist. All group members will participate in the design of the website, creation of the SketchFab account, and writing the “About” pages.