Generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers (FDHC) Program supported the digital investigation of the late antique statues of the Roman Forum. UCLA’s Experiential Technologies Center sponsored Gregor Kalas of the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a FDHC Fellow. Building upon previous digital work, in this case UCLA’s Roman Forum digital model, he collaborated closely with a team of professors, graduate student researchers, and modelers from diverse fields to expand historical knowledge, test the capabilities of new technologies, and share the results through an open access website. As Project Director, Diane Favro of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design led the research team, working with consultant Chris Johanson of UCLA’s Department of Classics.
Extraordinary graduate students at UCLA lent their time and talents to the project. Marie Saldaña, PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design worked cheerfully and tirelessly by applying her sophisticated digital modeling and technical skills; her thoughtful insights consistently proved to be important. Pelin Yoncaci, also a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, as well as a Research Assistant at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, provided crucial insights at the outset of the project and helped shape the visualization strategies as well as the epigraphic database. Ece Okay worked diligently on the inscription database.
The project could not have progressed without the significant contributions of talented individuals in UCLA’s Academic Technology Services and Experiential Technologies Center. GIS expert Yoh Kawano oversaw the database, prepared a brilliant time map, and provided highly intelligent insights concerning how to convey geographic data. Jennifer Dillon designed the website with her impressive graphic sensibility. Zoe Borovsky worked patiently and wisely to develop strategies for text encoding. Additional assistance from Academic Technology Services was generously provided by Ryan Chen, Bruce McCrimmon, Christina Patterson, Sal Santa Ana, and Itay Zaharovits. Lisa Snyder deserves special thanks and admiration for having kept work on track from its inception and, more importantly, for her intelligent feedback about all phases of the project.
Additional people at UCLA deserve recognition, including Ryan Hamilton, Julian Hendrix, Areli Lucatero, Maya Maskarinec, Lisa McAulay, Kathryn McDonnell, Claudia Rapp, and Nancy Valencia. Kevin McMahon contributed his time and intelligence while working as an intern from the Moving Image Archive Studies Program. In classes, UCLA students, from freshmen to graduate students, tested the work and made insightful invaluable comments. Hitoshi Abe, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design provided consistent encouragement throughout. Roberto Peccei, Vice Chancellor of Research, promoted this and other digital humanities projects, and facilitated grant operations.
Colleagues at other institutions generously shared their expertise. Tom Elliott of New York University provided protocols for developing the epigraphic database. John Bodel and Elli Mylonas of the US Epigraphy Project at Brown University shared the template prepared for their own inscription database.
Members of the HyperCities team made highly valuable contributions to the project at each phase of its development. Their dedication to establishing an accessible platform in which to integrate cultural analysis with both geographic data and digital models was of profound importance to the progress of “Visualizing Statues.” Heartfelt gratitude is extended to Chris Johanson, James Lee, Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Jay Tung.
Gregor Kalas and all the team wish to thank the following colleagues at the University of Tennessee who were generous with their time and helped enormously. Gregory Reed, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, provided faculty support; Alan Rutenberg, also in the Office of Research shared his terrific insights in developing the proposal. Kay Cogley negotiated a sub-award with patience. Dean John McRae, Associate Dean Barbara Klinkhammer, and Director of the School, Scott Wall, all of the College of Architecture and Design, are to be commended for offering their unflagging support.
Finally, the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities provided helpful, intelligent, and timely replies to all queries, for which the team wishes to thank Brett Bobley, Stefanie Walker, and Adam Wolfson.