Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar and Lauren Scutt '16 presented "Archiving Hindu Gaya: Temples, Shrines and Images of a Sacred Center in India" at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference in November. They were part of the panel "Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research."
Amar presented an overview of his Digital Humanities research project "Sacred Centers in India." He discussed the overall goals of the project, the digital aspects of it which include mapping of scared sites in Gaya and Bodhgaya and geospatially accurate 3D virtual experiences of the Vishnupada Temple in Gaya. He also talked about the role(s) undergraduate researchers have played in aspects of his research.
Lauren Scutt, a double major in religious studies and psychology, began working on Amar's Sacred Centers in India project in March. She received a Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) CLASS fellowship to continue study with Amar for a 15-month period in 2014/2015. In addition to organizing digital documents based on Amar's research sites in Gaya and Bodhgaya, Scutt participated in the development of a metadata schema for the digital research collection with Amar and Metadata and Cataloging Librarian Lisa McFall. Scutt was the primary researcher filling out metadata for 22 sacred sites. This work involved more than 800 digital documents.