Documenting the Dir Museum collection: Mission Accomplished

When the team returned from Pakistan last May, they brought back – carefully packed in suitcases – five external hard drives containing several copies of photos of sculptures they had set to document in the Dir Museum. After three weeks of hard (and fun!) work, the last batch of 500 objects was digitized, almost 70 sculptures were 3D scanned and all the quality control boxes were checked. The last digitization campaign was a success and we have now documented the whole collection! This win did not come easily. Indeed, in September 2022, we had to cancel our fieldtrip (you can read about it here), and we had to activate our contingency plan – a remote digitization campaign monitored from Bochum – in order to keep the DiGA Project going and guarantee the completion of the digitization of the collection.

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What is it like to be a student assistant in the DiGA project?

When – more than a year ago – the DiGA project was launched, I also embarked on my journey as a student research assistant. At that time, I was still at the beginning of my Master programme in Religious Studies at CERES. An important side note to my involvement in the DiGA project is that I am not an archaeologist, an art historian, or a digital humanist. Indeed, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Religious Studies, cultivating a keen interest in South Asian religions that precedes and goes beyond the DiGA project. Therefore, this experience in the project offers me the possibility to get a practical taste of my chosen field: bridging historical topics with a contemporary context.

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