Teaching Resource: Reuse of archived digital 3D models for university students
As the archiving of digital data continues to increase, questions surrounding the reuse of archaeological data has begun to emerge (see Kansa and Kansa 2018 . With the Coronavirus disease pandemic resulting in many university courses being taught online, and fieldworks plans delayed, teaching resources for the use of archived data have become even more important.
SPARC, an NSF-supported initiative that promotes geospatial research in archaeology and involves many SAROI staff, has developed a university-level teaching resource that explores a collection of 3D models of ceramics. Over a series of five exercises, students learn what 3D models are, how to use metadata to assess a 3D dataset’s reusability for research, how to use to Meshlab and CloudCompare to visualize and analyze 3D data in informative ways. The archived data comes from the 2014 SPARC collaboration, “Boston Fingerprints” (Bagley, Poulsen, and Opitz).