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Well, last week was a week of meetings. Very useful meetings.

On Wednesday (11 Jan) we met with Prof Peter Hartley, an e-learning expert from the University’s Centre for Educational Development. We talked about the outcomes from this project, and how we can maximise access to a wide audience and how we can measure how successful our efforts have been, which is something JISC, as our funding body, are keen for us to do.

Peter was very enthusiastic about the project and seemed genuinely impressed when we showed him some of the models from “From Cemetery to Clinic”.

On Friday (13th!!) we had a Bradford project team training day, that ran from 10.00 – 17.00.

Andy Holland and Tom Sparrow took the team through the bespoke management database they have produced for this project. I was blown away – they really have thought of everything! Andy Holland is also an experience Forensic Archaeologist and Anthropologist, something I think has been invaluable as he understands the needs of the Osteologist was well as the needs of a database to manage this kind of project. Tom and Andy have also written in QA mechanisms, so you can be sure that when you view a finished, textured 3D model and read the clinical descriptors (written by Drs Rebecca Storm and Keith Manchester), you know they have passed quite a rigorous QA process before going live on the web.

Andy and the database

Andy explaining the database table structure

We also had a business meeting where we discussed more formal academic outputs and submitted an abstract for the Digital Humanities Symposium – Virtualisation and Heritage to be hosted at the University of York next month. Fingers crossed they accept our submission! Andy Holland is first author and will present the methods we used for “From Cemetery to Clinic”.

The last part of the day we all had training using the FARO Quantum laser arm. As a group we scanned a fantastic example of gout from the BARC teaching collection.

Scanning is a lot harder than it looks! We were pretty excited about our first group efforts (see below).

Gouty toe

Gouty toe (1st metatarsal) from Lincoln

And our attempt. The different colours represent different scan passes.

Test scan

Our group attempt to scan a pathological bone

If this was a real scan, it would now go on for post-processing. More about that later in the project.