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Crowdsourcing, Cocreation, and Collaboration in Austin, Texas

by Bernard K. Means, Director Last Wednesday, April 23, along with thousands of other archaeologists, I arrived in Austin, self-proclaimed “Weird” capital of Texas, for the 2014 Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting. I knew I had a busy time ahead of me, with three presentations of my own, a fourth I provided materials … Continue reading

Sharing the Preservation of the Past: One Object at a Time

by Bernard K. Means, Director As director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, I am contacted at least once a week by someone interested in our efforts at preserving the past.  They find their way to me through coming across this blog site, our companion blog site at the Virtual Curation Museum, via posts by myself … Continue reading

In Space No One Can Hear You Scan

by Bernard K. Means, Director On April 1, 2014, I received a communication from Lisa Young, Objects Conservator for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum about an urgent 3D scanning need—the objects, brackets from the Space Shuttle Discovery.  I informed my lab staff and the students in my Archaeological Methods and Research Design that I would … Continue reading