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TEDxUKZN - Dr. Adrian Ryan - An online Museum of Vase-paintings

Adrian has been a lecturer in Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and curator of its Museum of Classical Archaeology since 2001. He holds a PhD in Classical Archaeology. His research interest is in Athenian painted pottery, and particularly, in the use of computers to study these artifacts. Current progress in the field of computer analysis of vase paintings is severely hindered by the lack of good quality images of vases, with most scholars having to make do with black-and white photographs of varying quality. VaseViewer is a software package, currently under development at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, that allows interactive pseudo-3D models of vases to be constructed with little effort and at small cost. This presentation shows the progress to date by demonstrating the latest version of the software, which is due for beta-release in August. If adopted by museums on a wide-scale, VaseViewer will not only make valuable research data available to anyone researching vase-paintings, but curators may also use it to publish - and publicize - their collections at considerably less cost than the expensive coffee table books that are currently the norm. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self- organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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