SBL and ASOR Presentations

Bet Alpha synagogue

Partial render from the navigable model of Bet Alpha synagogue

As luck would have it, my ASOR paper is schedule to be presented today on the last day of the ASOR conference, and my SBL paper is also scheduled for today, the first day of the SBL conference. Thanks to a colleague from Brandeis University, I will be presenting my ASOR paper while she is reading my SBL paper on my behalf.

If anyone from either of those conferences winds up on this webpage, I wanted to provide a brief roadmap of how to access different aspects of my project. Below, you will find a list and links to everything. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to send me an email via the “Contact” tab above.

1. Navigable Model of Bet Alpha: I do not have a permanent home for this model up yet on my website, but you can access it for the time being here. You can navigate the model with the “W,” “A,” “S,” and “D” keys to move the character and use a mouse or trackpad to move the characters head.  You are also able to use the arrow keys on your keyboard as well.  As stated in my papers, there are a number of inaccuracies (such as architectural design elements) that I will be fixing in the upcoming weeks and months as I add more detail to the model. Please also note that using this model requires a modern web browser capable of running WebGL. If you cannot view the model, simply update your web browser or try opening it in Google Chrome or Firefox.

2. Photogrammetric Model of Bet Alpha: You can access this model by
clicking “Projects” > “Synagogue Modeling project” > “Bet Alpha” or by clicking this link to be taken directly to the SketchFab webpage where it is hosted. Click the play button on the model and you can zoom-in and navigate around the model in three dimensions. In the bottom right hand corner, you can select the gear and change “SD” to “HD” to change the texture detail from standard to high definition.

3. Orthographic Photo: You can also access this photo by clicking “Projects” > “Synagogue Modeling project” > “Bet Alpha” or by clicking this link to be taken directly to the Flickr page which hosts the orthophoto. This photo is significant because, to the best of my knowledge, it is the only full-scale photograph of the entire Bet Alpha mosaic. Within the next week, I will be adding this photo to the texture of the floor of the synagogue.

4. 360-degree Photo: You can also access the 360-degree photo by clicking “Projects” > “Synagogue Modeling project” > “Bet Alpha” or by clicking this link to be taken directly to the Theta website. To us the site, press the “+” button to zoom in slightly and then click and scroll to navigate in 360-degrees around the photo.  You can also click the curved arrow to make the camera rotate automatically.  If you access the photo via Facebook on my Facebook page, you can move your smart phone and the phone’s sensors will dynamically adjust the area being seen. I will try to find a way to link to that so others can view it more easily.

Key elements of digital work are collaboration and feedback.  If you have any comments, questions, or criticisms, please let me know!