According to the Unesco, “digital heritage consists of unique resources of human knowledge and expression. It embraces cultural, educational, scientific and administrative resources, as well as technical, legal, medical and other kinds of information created digitally, or converted into digital form from existing analogue resources. Where resources are “born digital”, there is no other format but the digital object. Digital materials include texts, databases, still and moving images, audio, graphics, software and web pages, among a wide and growing range of formats. They are frequently ephemeral, and require purposeful production, maintenance, and management to be retained ”.
In recent years, digital heritage has become more topical than ever: the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in 2019, the destruction caused by earthquakes during the Tsunami in 2004, and, unfortunately, the recent topical issues, war, and violent conflicts such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the last years, many organisations, such as Europeana, have emerged to support the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. But at the same time, many challenges are inherent to the own digitality of the preserved materials, such as the threat of loss to posterity, due to the rapid obsolescence of hardware and software, uncertainty about resources, and the lack of supportive legislation, among others.
Digital cultural heritage became, is, and remains crucial for us researchers, institutions, society, and governments. At the C²DH, we want to bring together different aspects and experts and open roundtables on the following topics:
- The use of digital cultural heritage for research
- Preserving cultural heritage in times of crisis - current initiatives such as SUCHO in the areas of web archiving, and digitisation.
- Digital visualization of cultural heritage
- Digitalisation in research and cultural heritage institutions and preparation for for times of crisis
23 November 2022, 15.15 - 17.00 CET (hybrid)
(Digital) Cultural Heritage at risk. Lessons learned for future preservation strategies (in the frame of Witnessing the Now)
15 December 2022, 17.00 18.30 CET (online)
Digital Cultural Heritage for Research - Roundtable
- Guilia Osti, University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies.
- Lorella Viola, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
- Steven Claeyssens, KB, National Library of the Netherlands
Moderated by Valérie Schafer, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
19 January 2023, 17.00 - 18.30 CET (hybrid)
3-D visualizations and 3-D scans of cultural heritage - Roundtable
- Muriel van Ruymbeke (University of Luxembourg)
- Martin Uhrmacher (University of Luxembourg)
- Anais Guillem (Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques and the CNRS-MAP)
- Fedir Boitsov (Head of Pixelated Realities)
Moderated by Marleen de Kramer (Urban Lab, University of Galway, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies)
Maison du Savoir, Room 2.390 (2nd floor), Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg
16 February 2023, 17.00 - 18.30 CET (hybrid)
Digitalisation in research and cultural heritage institutions in Europe and Luxembourg
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