A comparative teaching and learning tool for 3D data: Dynamic Collections
The Dynamic Collections – a 3D Web Platform of Archaeological Artefacts designed for Data Reuse and Deep Interaction
Recommendation: posted 03 November 2023, validated 03 November 2023
Hageneuer, S. (2023) A comparative teaching and learning tool for 3D data: Dynamic Collections. Peer Community in Archaeology, 100401. 10.24072/pci.archaeo.100401
The paper (Callieri, M. et al. 2023) describes the “Dynamic Collections” project, an online platform initially created to showcase digital archaeological collections of Lund University. During a phase of testing by department members, new functionalities and artefacts were added resulting in an interactive platform adapted to university-level teaching and learning. The paper introduces into the topic and related works after which it starts to explain the project itself. The idea is to resemble the possibilities of interaction of non-digital collections in an online platform. Besides the objects themselves, the online platform offers annotations, measurement and other interactive tools based on the already known 3DHOP framework. With the possibility to create custom online collections a collaborative working/teaching environment can be created.
The already wide-spread use of the 3DHOP framework enabled the authors to develop some functionalities that could be used in the “Dynamic Collections” project. Also, current and future plans of the project are discussed and will include multiple 3D models for one object or permanent identifiers, which are both important additions to the system. The paper then continues to explain some of its further planned improvements, like comparisons and support for teaching, which will make the tool an important asset for future university-level education.
The paper in general is well-written and informative and introduces into the interactive tool, that is already available and working. It is very positive, that the authors rely on up-to-date methodologies in creating 3D online repositories and are in fact improving them by testing the tool in a teaching environment. They mention several times the alignment with upcoming EU efforts related to the European Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage (ECCCH), which is anticipatory and far-sighted and adds to the longevity of the project. Comments of the reviewers were reasonably implemented and led to a clearer and more concise paper. I am very confident that this tool will find good use in heritage research and presentation as well as in university-level teaching and learning.
Although the authors never answer the introductory question explicitly (What characteristics should a virtual environment have in order to trigger dynamic interaction?), the paper gives the implicit answer by showing what the "Dynamic Collections" project has achieved and is able to achieve in the future.
Callieri, M., Berggren, Å., Dell'Unto, N., Derudas, P., Dininno, D., Ekengren, F., and Naponiello, G. (2023). The Dynamic Collections – a 3D Web Platform of Archaeological Artefacts designed for Data Reuse and Deep Interaction, Zenodo, 10067103, ver. 3 peer-reviewed and recommended by Peer Community in Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10067103
The recommender in charge of the evaluation of the article and the reviewers declared that they have no conflict of interest (as defined in the code of conduct of PCI) with the authors or with the content of the article. The authors declared that they comply with the PCI rule of having no financial conflicts of interest in relation to the content of the article.
The Dynamic Collections project has been funded by the Thora Ohlsson Foundation, the Einar Hansen Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council as part of the activities of the Swedish Digital Archaeology Infrastructure SweDigArch.
Evaluation round #1
DOI or URL of the preprint: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8305190
Version of the preprint: 1
Author's Reply, 24 Oct 2023
Decision by Sebastian Hageneuer, posted 19 Oct 2023, validated 19 Oct 2023
The paper "The Dynamic Collections – a 3D Web Platform of Archaeological Artefacts designed for Data Reuse and Deep Interaction" is a well-written and highly interesting paper. Nevertheless there are some minor revisions proposed by the two reviewers. I like to ask the authors to go through these comments and implement them accordingly. Especially the readbility of the images/graphics should be adressed. I also ask the authors to provide a documentation of changes made to the original article and upload it here through the PCI Archaeology platform as a response.
The paper is nearly ready and only needs some finishing touches. We are looking forward reading the final version!