The Fourth International Conference onDigital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage—DiPP2014 aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The main focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation. The priority area is the digital presentation and preservation of cultural and historical objects under conditions of risk, including those from the Veliko Tarnovo region. The forum will demonstrate innovative technologies and prototypes, including digital repositories, digital archives, virtual museums and digital libraries, which result from established practices and achievements in the field. Representatives of public and specialised libraries, museums, galleries, archives, centres, both national and foreign research institutions and universities are invited to participate and exchange experiences, ideas, knowledge and best practices of the field.
The Fourth International Conference onDigital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage—DiPP2014 (September 18–21, 2014, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria) is organized under the UNESCO patronage.
DiPP2014 Conference: September 18–21, 2014
Location of the Event: Regional Museum of History and P.R. Slaveykov Regional Public Library in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences was founded in October 2013. It coordinates between researchers on individual projects and representatives of the Institute’s research, documentation and administrative units: It aims at integrating traditional humanistic values with digital culture. Characteristic of the age of print, those values have receded into the background in today’s culture of multi-tasking and nonlinear reception. Our twofold challenge is to digitize the humanities while ‘humanizing’ the digital environment.
Europe’s digital sector has seen strong growth in recent years. The pace of development and change in the information technology sector presents challenges to cultural institutions responsible for management and long-term preservation of digital collections. Ensuring that staff gain access to the necessary training is a challenge that institutions face. A Market and Trend Analysis Report completed by DigitalPreservationEurope showed that digital preservation is becoming one of the main strategic priorities for institutions – they are increasingly aware that digital resources are fragile and that they are at risk.
The DigCur community in Zenodo builds on the results of the DigCurV project with the aim of addressing the availability of vocational training for digital curators in the library, archive, museum and cultural heritage sectors needed to develop new skills that are essential for the long-term management of digital collections.
WhoLoDancE is an EU funded innovation project. By applying multimodal technologies such as motion capture, similarity search, computational models, automated analysis of non-verbal expressive features, movement content analysis, and complex data analytics, WhoLoDancE aims at innovating dance teaching methods and choreographic composition, while also preserving the European dance cultural heritage. - www.wholodance.eu
The overall objectives of the GRAVITATE project are to create a set of software tools that will allow archaeologists and curators to reconstruct shattered or broken cultural objects, to identify and re-unify parts of a cultural object that has been separated across collections and to recognise associations between cultural artefacts that will allow new knowledge and understanding of past societies to be inferred.
The project involves, as partners, a world-renowned museum, an archaeology institute, and research partners working in the manipulation of 3-D objects, semantic analysis and ICT integration. The project is driven by the needs of the archaeological institutes, exemplified by a pertinent use case, the Salamis collection shared between Cyprus and the British Museum.
Expertise in 3-D scanning from previous project experience enables the partners to embark on a programme of geometrical feature extraction and matching on the one hand, and semantic annotation and matching on the other. The integration of these approaches into a single decision support platform, with a full suite of visualisation tools will provide a unique resource for the cultural heritage research community.
We anticipate that the insights to be gained from the use of these tools will lead to faster and more accurate reconstruction of cultural heritage objects for study and exhibition, to greater opportunities for reunification of objects between collections and greater insights into relationships between past societies which can be communicated as coherent narratives to the public through new forms of virtual and tangible displays, involving the reconstructed objects themselves as well as 3-D printed objects and digital visualisations.
DiMPO is a DARIAH-EU VCC2 Working Group aims at developing and providing an evidence-based, up-to-date, and meaningful account of the emerging information practices, needs and attitudes of arts and humanities researchers in the evolving European digital scholarly environment, for the benefit of the digital humanities research community. It aims to achieve this objective through the inception of a longitudinal mixed methods research and monitoring programme on the information practices and scholarly methods employed in digitally-enabled arts and humanities work across Europe, and through the digital dissemination, validation and enrichment of research outcomes by the scholarly community.
Monitoring digital humanities practices, methods and needs in Europe across countries and in the course of time is an important factor to ensure: a) the quality of the specification, planning and deployment of the DARIAH infrastructure, so that it addresses empirically validated needs and thus maximizes inception by the research community; b) the efficacy of evidence-based policy support, advocacy and outreach work; and, c) the effective dissemination of useful information on digital research methods to the arts and humanities community, contributing to transfer of knowledge and empowerment.
The Web Archives for Historical Research (WAHR) group has the goal of linking history and big data to give historians the tools required to find and interpret digital sources from web archives. Our research focuses on both web histories - writing about the recent past as reflected in web archives - as well as methodological approaches to understanding these repositories.
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the WAHR brings together students and faculty across three universities to explore this field. The WAHR is led at the University of Waterloo by Professor Ian Milligan, in close collaboration with Professor Jimmy Lin. with partnerships at Western University with Professor William J. Turkel and at York University with Nick Ruest.
The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) was formally founded in July 2008, as a joint Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Nowadays, IBE activity involves more than a hundred people and 18 research groups distributed in five scientific programs related to Evolutionary Biology research. The scope and general research goals of the IBE focus on biological evolution.
Indeed, one of the great challenges of the 21st century, after the publication of the Human Genome Sequence and many other species, is the description and understanding of biodiversity, either within species (variation, polymorphism) and/or between species (divergence), as an important element to understand the essential mechanisms of life. In this context, evolutionary biology provides the key tools and concepts. Thus, the main IBE mission is to promote knowledge and research excellence in evolutionary biology. The basis of the IBE, and its main peculiarity, is to address biodiversity studies describing functional and evolutionary genomics at all levels of observation: molecular, biochemical, physiological, and morphological.
The IBE project vision, defined as the projection of the long-term future of the institute, is to be a centre of international reference in the study of biodiversity, in the broadest sense, and its evolution, from a molecular and genomic perspective. Establishing the foundations of a multidisciplinary approach, not limited to the evolution from a mere biological approach, but extended to the human sciences in the broadest sense.
Gandhāra Connections is a project of the Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford. Its aim is to stimulate and support the study of ancient Gandharan art and its links to the classical world of Greece and Rome, thousands of kilometres to the west.
Gandhara Connections team
Direction: Dr Peter Stewart
Project Assistant: Ms Wannaporn Rienjang
IT Developer: Mr Greg Parker
Administration: Mr Giles Richardson
International Advisory Committee
Dr Kurt Behrendt (Associate Curator of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum, NY)
Dr Pia Brancaccio (Associate Professor of Art History, Drexel University, Philadelphia)
Mr Joe Cribb (former Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum)
Dr Elizabeth Errington (Curator, Masson Project, British Museum)
Mr John Falconer (Lead Curator, Visual Arts, British Library)
Dr Anna Filigenzi (Researcher, Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale')
Dr Christian Luczanits (SOAS)
Dr Lolita Nehru (Independent scholar, New Delhi)
Dr Jessie Pons (Visiting Research Fellow, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Dr Abdul Samad (Director of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Prof RRR Smith (Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology & Art, University of Oxford)
Ms Martina Stoye (Curator of South and South-East Asian Art, Staatliche Museen, Berlin)
Dr Michael Willis (ERC Research Project, British Museum)
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines, acting as a community-based advisory force, and supporting excellence in research, publication, collaboration and training.
An open access repository for the SHAMSA database of sources for the history and analysis of music and dance in Mughal and British-colonial South Asia c. 1700–1900, housed at King's College London and funded by the European Research Council as part of the Musical Transitions project (MUSTECIO grant no. 263643, PI Katherine Butler Schofield, 2011–15/16).
Our logo is a shamsa, or sunburst, from the opening of a 17C imperial Mughal manuscript in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number 18.104.22.168. More information about this beautiful illumination can be found at https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/451286. Public Domain.
Starting from previous research experiences and tangible outcomes, STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. Moreover, STORM will determine how different vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by different extreme weather events together w…
Openly accessible online training materials from PARTHENOS Training which can be shared and repurposed for training.
PARTHENOS stands for “Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies”. The PARTHENOS cluster of humanities research infrastructure projects has devised a series of training modules and resources for researchers, educators, managers, and policy makers who want to learn more about research infrastructures and the issues and methods around them. PARTHENOS Training development is led by PARTHENOS Workpackage 7 (led by Trinity College Dublin)
To see the full range of the materials developed by PARTHENOS Training visit the PARTHENOS Training website: http://training.parthenos-project.eu/.
To learn more about the PARTHENOS project visit the project website: http://www.parthenos-project.eu/.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654119