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Training Organizer: Carmen LÖW, Kuratorium Pfahlbauten, Vienna, Austria | Nadine ALPINO, Germany Description of the training: Archaeologists are confronted every day with the task of communicating their work to a diversity of audiences or target groups. Whether it is public lectures for interested people or presentations of prospection results for construction committees in local communities, the speakers are increasingly confronted by an audience that is spoiled by the media with peppy pictures and pithy slogans. Also, the attention span in our multimedia world seems to be decreasing, regardless of the impact of the subject. Unlike in North America, where school children are already trained in rhetoric, such topics are usually not covered, not even in universities, in the German speaking areas. However, in an increasingly international and trans-disciplinary, as well as in a more and more competitive Archaeology, these skills are becoming increasingly important. In the workshop “Professional Presentations”, the general, theoretical background of communication will be conveyed: How to structure a lecture? How to create a continuous thread for the audience? In what different ways do people acquire knowledge? And what kinds of speakers are there? For this purpose, the most common presentation tools are presented and illustrated by examples. The workshop will not only deal with the widespread software PowerPoint (and answer questions such as how much text one can use or how much time one has to plan per slide). It will also cover other IT tools, which are trendy in other disciplines – such as Prezi and Impress. In addition, the often inconspicuous classical tools, such as flip charts and objects, are shown with their many possibilities. Participants will be able to explore these and other topics under the expert guidance of the workshop organizers. The 180-minute workshop is divided into theoretical knowledge transfer and numerous exercises, in which the participants can put their new skills to the test. In an atmosphere of open dialogue, there will be plenty of opportunity for mutual exchange and questions. Number of participants:  Maximum of 15 participants Time extent:  180min Target group:  all conference...

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Visualising objects and excavations for and in the Archaeological Archive

Workshop CALL for SHORT PAPERS Organizer: David Bibby, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany | Christoph Blesl, Federal Monuments Authority, Vienna, Austria | Manuela Fischer, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany Description of the workshop: The archaeological archive receives not only finds but also the data resulting from an archaeological excavation. This may be in analogue but increasingly in digital form. This data is the essential and ONLY representation of the objects, features and contexts which, through their examination through excavation have ceased to exist. The perpetuation of this data for public and scientific posterity is therefore essential. This “simple” statement is not so simple in its execution. It provokes any number of questions regarding data management and preservation strategies, access and not least, visualization for example: How can an accessible archive (Heritage Authority, Museum, Collection) sensibly use digital data for Visualisation and what purpose might these visualisations serve? What content should be digitalised/visualised and for what purpose:  i.e. should content be digitalised/visualised for archiving or should archive goods be digitalised/archived to enable access for archive users? How is the “act” of digitalising/visualisation carried out? What techniques are used? What basic techniques/rules/Standards must be obeyed? Can an archive define capacity limits (costs, storage, resources) or must it continue to expand to meet growing needs? Can data structures/ data content be visualised in a useful and meaningful way? How can such aspects as data volume, data structure, data format and software requirements be made understandable at a glance? Target group: Data Producers – Mediators of scientific knowledge – members of historic monuments authorities Suggestion for course of Workshop: Impulse presentations and discussion. We – the workshop participants – are trying to outline a common process (sender and receiver) for intelligent and workable archive inputs of Visual Heritage data. Submit your abstract via online...

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Visualising (the contents and possibilities of) the Archaeological Archive

Workshop CALL for SHORT PAPERS Organizer: David BIBBY, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany | Christoph BLESL, Federal Monuments Authority, Vienna, Austria | Manuela FISCHER, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany Description of the workshop: An archaeological archive functions as repository for excavation data resulting from situations which can seldomly – more likely – never be reproduced. The archive preserves knowledge about find spots and sites containing potential answers to many and various questions and queries asked by science, cultural heritage, regional planning, tourism… how can the archive content be visualised I, say, mapping systems  to help to answer questions in local, regional, supraregional or European context? Examples: Science – is there any data on the Hallstatt Culture in Area XY Tourism – where can I see archaeology in the i.g. Enns area Cultural Heritage –   Representation of archaeological areas for protection regional planning etc. – example = Bayern Viewer) Definition of archive usage: for what is an archive responsible and for what it is not responsible? What imperatives are there for using an archaeological archive? In the case of historical archives The processes and procedures are generally well known and well-rehearsed. Do archaeological archives need to catch up? Which content should or can be made available? For which target group(s) should content be visualised? What is potential ingestible for an archaeological archive? Of what does an archaeological archive consist? What about principles, standards, legal bases?. Which processes lead to successful archiving? What, how and for whom must content be visualised:  Example INSPIRE (State departments, science, cultural heritage, tourism etc. Differing Levels of detail for differing wants?) Effects of visualisation on, for example, scientific or public behaviour: eg. How might a map influence the behavior of universities, science, projects,  sponsorship etc. if it became visible that in a specific area  50% of 100 excavations of the La Tene Culture had been analysed and completed, whereas in the same area only 15% of 100 excavations of the Late Bronze Age had had the after work completed Are there any tried and tested abstraction processes available which lead to appropriate visualisations of data? (Here we would like to attract specialists from any branch of science who have...

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Hands-on Workshop – How to use the top-class photogrammetry software RealityCapture for preserving the cultural heritage in digital form Session

Workshop Organizer: Zuzana DURICKOVA, Capturing Reality | Ladislav DEDIK, Studio 727, Bratislava, Slovakia Description of the workshop: Fast-growing company Capturing Reality will be demonstrating and leading the hands-on Workshop on how to use their in-house developed all-in-one photogrammetry software solution for extracting beautiful and accurate 3D models from a set of ordinary images, laser scans, UAV or synchronized camera rigs. Without any Limitation. Their software RealityCapture is known and recognized for its incredible speed and superior quality and accuracy.  It’s perfect for any size of project, yet with low demand on computer hardware*. Use of this advanced technology is driving major reduction of operating cost, brings freedom to your work, enables you to use your time more efficiently and allows you to focus on the research and work you do – preserving cultural heritage and  making it available for future Generations. In this workshop, experts from Capturing Reality and partnering company Studio 727 (experienced services provider), will walk you through all steps of 3D model creation. From capturing the data to exporting several types and sizes of models with the RealityCapture software. They will provide you the tips for best techniques and workflows and will be ready to answer your questions. Session attendees are invited to bring their computers to learn navigate in the software live during the session. Capturing Reality will provide to registered attendees complimentary 14 days RealityCapture license** that can be downloaded prior to the session. Make in minutes what the others do days. * RealityCapture runs on x64bit machines with at least 8GB of RAM, 64bit Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, graphics card with nVidia Cuda 2.0+ GPU and at least 1GB RAM **RC Promo:  limitation of 2500 images/scans per project, no CLI function Target group: All experts that have a need and desire to use the photogrammetry solutions to make their jobs, easier, by obtaining results in outstanding quality and accuracy at amazing speed for preserving the cultural heritage. Specifics: photogrammetry software, new technologies in cultural heritage...

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Smart ways of building up digital collections in libraries, archives and museums

Round Table CALL for SHORT PAPERS Chairs: Anita EICHINGER, Vienna City Library | Christoph SONNLECHNER, Vienna City Archives, Vienna, Austria Description of the round table: In the last 20 years archives, libraries and museums have begun to digitize cultural heritage in order to preserve, but also to provide access to a wider range of users by the use of digital technologies. Every institution has its own “digital library/archive/museum” in which objects are presented in a more or less attractive way for users. What is very often missing is a user-friendly presentation as well as cooperations in order to reach a “smart” integration of the information systems (only to mention lack of responsive designs, lack of “single points of access” etc.).  Moreover, cultural heritage institutions not only need to improve access for users, but also they need to strengthen cross fertilization between them and technological industries. There is need for common data exchange formats as well as for building up digitization strategies. In this session we will focus on best practice projects in building up digital collections as well as enlarging and improving the visibility and accessibility of cultural heritage collections. Sustainable access to cultural heritage to a wider range of users through digital technologies can be labeled as “smart culture”. Therefore also papers are welcome which address (controversial) aspects on “smart city – smart culture”. Target group: Archivists, librarians, curators of museums, employees of cultural Administrations Specifics: We invite papers with aspects on (but not limited to): Best practice in building digital collections Best practice in presentation of digital objects Cooperations between archives, libraries and museums in digitization projects/digital Portals Best practice in how to deal with different metadata-formats in museums, archives, libraries Smart City – smart culture Projects Submit your abstract via online...

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Limits and potentials of digitizing historical maps and plans for archaeological research

Round table CALL for SHORT PAPERS Chair: Irmela Herzog, The Rhineland Commission for Archaeological Monuments and Sites, Bonn, Germany Description of the round table: Digitizing historical maps and plans for archaeological research has a long tradition in archaeological and historical computing. This round table invites participants who are interested in new developments concerning this topic, particularly with respect to scanner hardware, scanning and rectification software, dealing with maps digitized by a third party  as well as new approaches such as crowd-sourcing of map rectification. Another quality issue are often the digitized historical maps that were processed decades ago. Old excavation plans and historical maps have a lot in common with respect to digitizing, georeferencing, and assessing the reliability. The difference is mainly in scale. A large proportion of the historical maps and plans of excavations used in archaeological institutions is only physically available and those digitized in the past may not conform to current quality standards. This round table invites short papers (limited to 10 minutes) presenting or discussing new hardware and software developed for digitalization of large paper plans assessing the quality of the digitalization results limits and potentials of different rectification approaches assessing the limits of approaches that were used during the early days of digitalisation of historical maps and plans web archives of historical maps and plans experiences with using historical maps and plans provided by third parties crowd-sourcing projects asking volunteers to rectify historical maps. Target group: Archaeologists, archivists, historians, and anybody involved with or interested in digitizing historical maps and excavation plans or in doing research based on available digitalisations of such plans or maps Please submit your abstract via the...

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