Centre for the Understanding of Digital Objects.





Recent advances in the technology for the creation, manipulation and interaction of digital objects whether they are images, static or moving, based on text or sound or a combination of these media provide many new opportunities for research in the arts and humanities. The proposal is built around the Centre for the Understanding of Digital Objects (CUDO). CUDO is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and a large number of very highly rated departments in the Faculties of Architecture, Arts and Pure Science. Included in this consortium is the Humanities Research Institute together with many of the existing external research collaborators of these groups.


Science, engineering, innovation and scholarship are increasingly dependent on computer-based representations of complex structures, whether derived by data capture from the real world, or created from scratch, or a mixture of the two. We introduce the term digital objects to refer to these structures. Examples of these objects are: Visual, audio and audio-visual archives; Virtual Buildings; Archaeological Objects; Textual Archives... etc. The mission of the centre is to "understand" digital objects: their design, creation, analysis, maintenance, manipulation and application.

Studies based on digital objects require active interaction rather than passive absorption, for instance:

- searching by voice/image in audio-visual archives, resulting in adding links into the material, so that the material is enriched and thus more exploitable;

- manipulating and maintaining 3D designs in architecture to assist with the continual revision of aspects of the design and overcoming the many conceptual obstacles to understanding the properties of potential buildings;

- examining how created objects can be represented and manipulated so as to study the creation process itself, a major theme here will be music and sound and literary texts and artistic artefacts;

- extracting and manipulating information from digitised manuscripts......


Resources <http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~wmlh/CUDO/resources.html>