Yale-developed software program boosts cultural preservation efforts

Researchers from multiple disciplines can learn a lot from a single artifact. A tombstone, for instance, can tell historians about an era’s lettering patterns and its stone industry, while biologists can study the wildlife growing around it.

Experts from differing fields, though, have differing methodologies, and finding a way to coherently gather such a wide-ranging body of research has long proved a challenge for researchers. CHER-Ob, a flexible and expandable integrated platform, could be the answer.

Developed by Yale researchers in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale’s West Campus, CHER-Ob is an open-source software program designed as a single virtual environment for collaborative cultural heritage research, accommodating many kinds of media.