The Digital Heritage Imaging & Innovation Lab (DHI Lab) is an interdisciplinary teaching and research space designed to empower students and scholars interested in digitally documenting, preserving, and provide access to tangible heritage and material culture. The DHI Lab is particularly focused on using cutting edge technology to support 3D capture, preservation, and printing of archaeological and historic artifacts, cultural objects, historic architecture, and cultural landscapes.
The DHI Lab is a partnership between the Department of Anthropology and The Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR), which itself is a collaboration between the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences.
In collaboration with LEADR, the DHI Lab organizes workshops, hosts classes, and supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in Anthropology, History, and closely related fields in the College of Social Sciences. The DHI Lab not only provides a venue for innovative student and faculty research, but also provides students with critical skills and experiential learning opportunities that make them more competitive in their professional and scholarly lives. Since its founding, the DHI Lab has begun working with the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, the Central Belize Archaeological Survey, the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture, and the MSU Museum on 3D digitization and preservation projects involving both graduate and undergraduate students.