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A Promising Start in Venice

posted Nov 1, 2011, 8:54 AM by Courtney Vanslette
    Already in the second week of the term, the Culture team is off to a great start! After a successful meeting with our sponsor at UNESCO, Dr. Anthony Krause, the team gained a better understanding of what exactly our sponsor was looking to see with the completion of our project. We also had our first advisor meeting yesterday with Professor Carrera and Professor Bianchi to make sure we were on the right path after the first week. 

    Yesterday the team split into two groups and conducted the first day of field validation of the keystones in the Castello  district of Venice. The previous week we were able to look through the information collected by a WPI group in 1995 which helped us get a better understanding of the work completed and what needed to be done. This group was sponsored by Earthwatch, a non-profict organization concerned with the Earth's future and did the very first collection of Keystone data in Venice. As we looked through their collected data we found field forms, detailed maps, and a zip disc containing pictures from their explorations. We hope to find a driver that can read the images from the zip disc we found so that we can compare our pictures to the ones taken 15 years ago. Since we are working on Veniedia pages for each individual piece of art, we could also use the pictures to finally develop pages for each keystone in Venice.  The detailed maps and field forms were extremely useful when we were developing a method for cataloging/validating the art in Castello. 

    Since each district of Venice is organized by number we decided the best way to tackle the district was to split up. Nick and I began our field work at the very first address number in Cannaregio and worked up while the other team started at the very last numThe Castello Region in Veniceber and worked down. We used a field form based on what was used 15 years ago to catalog each keystone we discovered. Nick and I were able to cover a lot of ground in one day, ending in the 2000's. We were also able to find 3 Keystones that the previous group might have missed. The second team had great success as well and cataloged tons of Keystones. We will continue to conduct field work and hopefully finish with this district by Thursday at the latest.

    As we finish each day were are entering our results into an Excel Spreadsheet and uploading images to a folder. Eventually all of our findings will be transferred to Venipedia, creating the Keystone pages. We will not be conducting field work on the whole island, just this one district but, it is our goal to start the Keystone pages and leave recommendations or suggestions for future groups that would like to tackle the rest of the districts of Venice. We hope to find a driver that can read the images from the zip disc we found so that we can compare our pictures to the ones taken 15 years ago. Since we are working on Veniedia pages for each individual piece of art, we could also use the pictures to finally develop pages for each Keystone in Venice. 

    After finishing the Keystone Validation we plan to visit some of the more damaged pieces to check on their condition and get an update for Venipedia. We are still working out which pieces should be considered and what we will have time for. We are also working on developing a potential mobile application for recognizing public art in Venice alongside the continuous Venipedia work that is taking place. So far the Culture team has their hands full and is definitely keeping busy here in Venice! 

Ciao!

Courtney
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