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Tuesday, September 29

14:30 CEST

Pa 108 - Virtualization and the Democratization ...
Virtualization and the Democratization of Heritage and Archaeology
Herbert Maschner and Matthew Vincent

This panel will highlight and openly discuss a new multi-million dollar research initiative to make some of the world important archaeological collections available on line for global research access. The key to making archaeological collections relevant in the twenty-first century is through the creation of virtual repositories with built –in analytical tools. While many museums and archaeological repositories are now making efforts in 3D visualization, virtual collections, and integrated database management presentations, we must take this further by putting entire collections online in a virtual repository. The goal of the Democratization of Science Project is to use 3D technologies to put entire archaeological collections, or entire museums, online so that any student, any child, any scientist, or any politician, anywhere, can do their own analyses. We suspect that important scientific and educational advancements are often not made simply because people do not have access to the collections. We hope to change this by democratizing access through virtualization, and we have developed the model for how this should be done and implemented the first examples. A new global $10 million project has been funded to get this initiative started.

Herbert Maschner (15min)
  • What we are doing
  • Why we are doing it
  • Issues of Access to Data
  • Not a Virtual Museum

Matthew Vincent (30 min)
  • The Virtual Repository
  • The User Experience
  • The User Interface
  • Conducting online research
  • Media

Corentin Metgy (20 min)
  • Private industry and Cultural Heritage
  • The 3D Revolution
  • Heritage Business Models

Herbert Maschner (30 min)
  • The Big Picture
  • The Politics of Open Science in Archaeology and Heritage
  • The Democratization of Science – Heritage Model
  • Call to Action – The Democratization of Heritage Project

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Herbert Maschner

Executive Director and Professor, University of South Florida
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Matthew Vincent

Researcher, digitalMED, Universidad de Murcia
Archaeologist, Coder, Digital Cultural Heritage Professional

Tuesday September 29, 2015 14:30 - 16:30 CEST
Parque de las Ciencias - Sala Gutenberg Avenida de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada
Thursday, October 1

11:30 CEST

Pa 34 - The Challenges of Epigraphy ...
The Challenges of Epigraphy: From Metadata to Museums and Schools
Raffaella Santucci, Pietro Liuzzo, Vittore Casarosa, Francesco Mambrini, Anita Rocco, Donato Fasolini and Valentina Vassallo

EAGLE, The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy is a best-practice network co-funded by the European Commission, under its Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme. EAGLE is collecting, in a single readily searchable database, more than 1.5 million items, currently scattered across 25 EU countries. Eventually, the project will make available the vast majority of the surviving inscriptions of the Greco-Roman world, complete with the essential information about them and, for all the most important, a translation into English.

Due to the double nature of inscriptions as both archaeological objects and documentary texts, the study of epigraphy has diverse aspects and involves different research fields. Epigraphy scholars usually study these objects with a holistic approach but traditionally with a more philological attitude towards the text; museum curators are careful about the provenance and the different collections, and treat the text and information about the object as metadata; archaeologists pay more attention to the object in its context and the relation it has with other finds. Only in the last years the attention has shifted to the relation between text and object and the decoration of the object as well as to the context in which it was first set up and its subsequent history.

The panel will include curators of Epigraphic Archives, Museums professional and metadata architects as well as information technologies experts, all part of the EAGLE Best Practice Network. Through short presentations and case studies, the panellists will address a number of topics:
  • Challenges in the definition of an inscription: borderline cases.
  • Metadata modelling challenges. Texts and objects: what is the Cultural Heritage Object?
  • Epigraphy projects with primary and secondary school pupils in Europe
  • The issue of metadata categories, definitions and taxonomies
  • Vocabularies for epigraphic resources and Linked Open Data best practices
  • The EAGLE mobile applications
  • The EAGLE Storytelling Application
  • Inscriptions in (digital) context: how to enrich epigraphic content with related items
  • Mirroring collections and involving users: working with (and learning from) Wikimedia Commons
  • Exploiting Social Network’s potential for Epigraphy

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Vittore Casarosa

Research Associate, ISTI-CNR
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Pietro Liuzzo

Research Associate, Universität Heidelberg

Thursday October 1, 2015 11:30 - 13:30 CEST
Parque de las Ciencias - Aula Sagan Avenida de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada

14:30 CEST

Pa 53 - From Digitization to Preservation ...
From Digitization to Preservation, Creative Re-use of Cultural Content, and Citizen Participation

Antonella Fresa, Valentina Bachi and Claudio Prandoni

The amount of digitized cultural heritage in Europe is impressive and has a great potential of impact on the society, by making the cultural heritage more accessible for the citizens, students, researchers and by generating benefits to the content owners. Even if already amounting to several tens of millions of digital items, only a tiny percentage of European cultural heritage is digitized, and nowadays more and more attention is paid to those collections, hitherto unknown or not fully acknowledged, that are preserved in those European States that relatively recently joined the Union. Furthermore, certain kinds of cultural heritage, such as early photography, are not preserved by memory institutions but are in the hands of private citizens, who should be invited to share their holdings with the whole community. For these reasons it is necessary that digitization activities go ahead in the coming years, and acquire a more participative approach: smaller archives, private collectors, individuals should have the possibility to access digitization facilities and to get support, training and services.

Once these data are in digital format, the next challenge is how to ensure their long-term preservation. In order to do that, memory institutions have to make conformance tests before ingesting the files in their archives, to verify that they have been produced according to the specifications of a standard file format, and hence that they match the acceptance criteria for long-term preservation established by the memory institution.

Further, digital cultural data need then to be re-used at best, to unlock their business potential in terms of fostering economic growth. The creative industry is certainly the key stakeholder to leverage on the digital cultural data for creating new tools and services to be placed in the real market, thus generating new employment and economic rewards; but, to achieve this goal, a bigger dialogue should be fostered with the cultural institutions, in the light of developing public-private partnerships for the benefit of both.

Next to this, it is also important to assess the sociological impact of digital cultural heritage and technologies: how do they participate in the community building processes and social cohesion of the “new” European society, that is living a moment of great change? How can digital cultural heritage help the cultural institutions to renew and re-invent their role in the society? How can cultural heritage become closer to its audiences of innovators, skilled makers, curators, artists, economic actors? Finally, how can the EU citizens, alone or as part of a community, play a vital co-creative role and how can citizens participate in the research on cultural heritage and digital humanities?

This panel will offer an overview of initiatives and EU projects that try to provide answers: Europeana Space, RICHES, Civic Epistemologies, PREFORMA and Photoconsortium. Relevant speakers, from the key institutions in Europe which are involved in the scenario of digital cultural heritage, will foster a debate to understand the path towards a more advanced society, that makes use of the full potential of digital technologies to foster cultural and societal progress. The panel is also an unmissable occasion for sharing knowledge and best practices: cultural managers, ICT experts, researchers, service providers and other EU projects are warmly invited to attend, for cross-dissemination and networking.

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Antonella Fresa

Director of Implementation, Promoter S.r.l.
I work in the domain of digital cultural heritage since the 2000 and I participated in the early discussion about Europeana, when a European portal for cultural heritage was still a dream for many of us. I am currently involved in several EU actions, both as representative of my company... Read More →

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Neil Forbes

Professor, Coventry University
I am the Co-ordinator of RICHES - Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society - a project funded under the EU's FP7.

Börje Justrell

National Archives of Sweden
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Frederik Truyen

Professor, KU Leuven
I teach Information Science and Online Publishing at the Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven, Belgium. My work is on Digitization of Cultural Heritage, in particular photography, E-Learning, ICT education and Epistemology. I participate in EC projects such as EuropeanaPhotography, Europeana... Read More →

Sarah Whatley

Coventry University

Thursday October 1, 2015 14:30 - 16:30 CEST
Parque de las Ciencias - Aula Curie Avenida de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada

17:00 CEST

Pa 423 - Publishing a Journal Paper ...
Publishing a Journal Paper in the Digital Heritage Area
Ilaria Meliconi, Gabriele Guidi and Roberto Scopigno

Practically every day in this era of easy on-line publishing we receive emails proposing technologically advanced new journals for publishing our research. Every new journal promises fantastic coverage in our area of interest, but this does not always turn out to be true, and publishing in the wrong outlet may mean that good research goes to waste in the sense that it is isolated in the wrong research community. In order to guarantee high publication quality, the most important journals have started to pay attention to publishing ethics for avoiding plagiarism; they guarantee a reasonable IPR management; and they support open-access policies for having the broadest possible audience. Thanks to these efforts impact factor metrics like SJR, SNIP or h-index may progressively grow, guaranteeing the best diffusion for the results of research. In the highly interdisciplinary field of Digital Heritage many journals have popped up focusing on specialized topics. In this panel Elsevier , a well-established publisher with a record stretching back centuries, will give an overview of its internal policies, and three major journals in the area from different publishers, here represented by their editors-in-chief, will discuss their scientific focus, reviewing policies, rejection rates, average publishing time and other information of interest for the scholars.

Panel Organization
  1. Ilaria Meliconi - Introduction about how publish, what publish, IPR issues, plagiarism checks, journal metrics, etc., that is a common ground for every Journal; 45 min;
  2. Paolo Guerriero - Scientific focus of the “Journal of Cultural Heritage” (JCH); 10 min;
  3. Roberto Scopigno - Scientific focus of the “Journal On Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH); 10 min;
  4. Bernard Frisher - Scientific focus of the Journal “Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” (DAACH); 10 min;
  5. Ilaria Meliconi - Chairing the question session from the public (15-30 min)

Total time: 1:30 to 1:45 min

Thursday October 1, 2015 17:00 - 19:00 CEST
Parque de las Ciencias - Aula Curie Avenida de la Ciencia, s/n, 18006 Granada