Week #4: 3-D Scanner, James Monroe Museum, and DKC

This week my fellow group memebers and I attended three meetings that were crucial for the future success of our project.

First, on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, we went to Trinkle Hall for our first meeting with Dr. Meadows. During this meeting Dr. Meadows showed us four 3D scanner options that will be available for us to use to scan the objects at the museum into our SketchFab site. He was very knowledgeable about the scanners capabilities including their accuracy, the maximum object size that can be scanned, the portability, and other specifics about each of the four devices. At the end of the meeting my group members and I concluded that a few of the 3D scanners would be sufficient for our projects needs.

Next, on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, my group members and I met Jarod Kearney,the curator at the James Monroe Museum, to update him on our progress with the project so far and to discuss which objects from the museum would be best to scan. After talking as a group for half an hour and looking at the physical museum objects to determine if they would be ideal to scan, we decided on five specific objects to be scanned.

Lastly, on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, we went to the DKC for a scheduled appointment with a tutor. During the appointment we searched the Omeka website to find a pug-in that would allow us to upload 3D image files to our future website and determined that there was no such option available. We were not discouraged through, because after a little bit of internet browsing, the tutor found a website called SketchFab which we will use in conjunction with Omeka to create a website that not only provides internet users and researchers with detailed information about each museum object, but that also allows them to manipulate 3D objects.

I fell like my group has been very productive and focused this week and I think we are off to a great start to our project!