3D visualisation of the 'Pongo Boulder' at Dumbarton Rock, made by a community of 'Dumby' rock climbers together with ACCORD.

3D visualisation of the 'Pongo Boulder' at Dumbarton Rock, made by the community of 'Dumby' Rock climbers with ACCORD.

ACCORD: Archaeology Community Co-Production of Research Data >

Research Themes
Digital Visualisation

Research Staff
Dr Stuart Jeffrey

Partner Organisations
University of Manchester Department of Archaeology
Archaeology Scotland
Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The ACCORD project seeks to examine the opportunities and implications of digital visualisation technologies for community engagement and research through the co-creation of 3D models of historic monuments and places. 

Digital technologies such as laser scanning are increasingly being used to capture historic sites and monuments. However, despite widespread recognition of the importance of community engagement these techniques have remained firmly in the domain of heritage specialists. Consequently, the resulting digital objects have failed to engage communities as a means of researching and representing their heritage. ACCORD will bridge this gap by actively engaging community groups in the process of creating 3D records and models of places significant to them. It will create a permanently archived open-access dataset of community co-produced 3D digital models of archaeological sites and monuments, integrated with expressions of social value and contextual documentation.

Community groups will be able to draw on the resulting digital datasets for various purposes, such as public presentation, education, and tourism initiatives. The project’s records and models will also provide important research resources for community groups, heritage managers and academic researchers. Evaluation will be an integral aspect of ACCORD project, examining the relationships between community groups, digital heritage professionals and the outputs they have created.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production’ programme and led by the School of Simulation and Visualisation, the project is being delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester, Archaeology Scotland and the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.