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From analogue death to digital re-birth – reconstructing written heritage

Session CALL for PAPERS Chair: Katharina KASKA, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Austria Description of the session: Throughout history books and documents risked being destroyed either by accident or on purpose. Not all of them were completely lost, however, some survived in a mutilated and damaged state, shriveled and darkened from heat, made illegible by water or torn to pieces by physical force. For centuries researchers have been trying to reconstruct those remnants using ever evolving methods to extract information and present their results to the public. The arrival of digital imaging techniques and online databases was a major step forward not only in quality but also in quantity of reconstructed written material available for research. Text can now be extracted from damaged documents by new optical and spectroscopic methods, fragmented objects can be put together in a virtual environment and all results can be made available in an instant on new online platforms. This leads to a renewed interest in written material that had before been deemed too fragmented or too dispersed to be researched in any depth. This session therefore focuses on the application of new and improved methods for the reconstruction of written heritage and their presentation in online environments. It invites papers on technical aspects as well as case studies that highlight the application of new techniques within fields such as: Digital reconstruction of fragmented documents Databases for fragmented and reconstructed written heritage New forms of online collaboration for dispersed written material Advances in multispectral imaging of erased and degraded script Image processing techniques for heavily degraded or multilayer documents XRF-mapping for text recovery Target group: Researches on written heritage, imaging techniques, reconstruction of texts and written documents. Submit your abstract via online-form!  ...

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Call: Visual Experience of the Past” – Multiple ways to visualize Cultural Heritage for the General Public

Chairs: Giorgio VERDIANI, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy | Willem BEEX, BEEX ICT solutions for Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Description of the session: In recent years the way of visiting museums, archaeological sites, and historical places has changed. The often heralded “integration” of digital media and the physical world has become more and more part of these Cultural Experiences. Even a place with an enormous artistic and historical value, cannot exclude itself from the need of finding a solution for the smooth integration of digital information (VR/AR) with the traditional methods of presenting CH. This is due to the abundance of smart and personal devices, enabling everyone to retrieve information whenever data access is possible. At the same time, this is a way “to push the distant past into the present” explaining complex concepts with fascinating technology. The use of the right tools can bring the understanding of CH a major step forward, but the optimal use of these new techniques is still an ongoing process. The quality of the content is a matter of concern, as are practical and sustainable solutions. It is very necessary to share experiences, and to define common characteristics and best practices. At the same time, the search for these new visions should not rule out previous solutions, which can be seen as potential references and/or basis for new developments. In this way combining new and old techniques to augment the perception of CH can be one of the pathways to Innovation. In this session, a fast presentation will be used based on 6 slides in 6 minutes. This allows all interested scholars to quickly share their views on “Visual Experiences”. The intention is to discuss a new perception of CH for the general public, describing subjects, challenges, solutions and lessons learned. A major part of the session is reserved for an extended exchange of ideas and experiences with all the participants and the audience. Target group: All professionals and experts involved in the presentation of Cultural Heritage for the general...

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