Visualizing California History and Landscape: Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse Project
Friday, April 19, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nicola Lercari (Duke VTG, AAHVS)
Fort Ross was a Russian fur trading outpost and a successful multi-cultural colony located in the Northern California coast. Between 1812 and 1841 the Ross colony was the southernmost redoubt (fortified compound) in the Russian colonization of North America and served as an agricultural and shipbuilding facility for the Russian American Company. Today¿s Fort Ross is a popular State Historic Park visited every year by over 100,000 visitors and students from all over the world. In March 2011 California State Parks and the University of California Merced started a digital scholarship and visualization initiative, the Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse (FRVW) Project, with the goal of creating a digital archive of historical artifacts and reconstructed buildings as well as an online interactive learning tool able to educate elementary school students and park visitors about this important phase of California history. In this talk, Nicola reflects on serious games (3d game environments with purpose different than entertainment) as novel tools for visualization and education. For example, what is the role of landscape in a serious game, and how does it indirectly influence the learning process? This presentation exhibits key features and short game sessions, and illustrates scientific data and methodologies employed in the FRVW project.