The Digital Heritage Congress was hosted in the spectacular Museum complex between Villa Mediterranee and MuCEM between October 28 – November 1 near the old Marseille Waterfront. As a venue it does not get any better.
Among the first things that I came across at the Congress was a Portable low-cost open source 3d Scanner built by researchers in the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) that one can easily assemble and is quite accurate. This was for me one of the few highlights of the Congress. A true ground-up project made with little resources and made for community.….where one could 3d scan artifacts on the move. Among the others attended, there was more of the in-house institutional development of technologies that had little to do with the outside and museum world.
I attended a workshop about building Heritage Competence Centres, where Halina Gotlieb showed how Swedish Interactive Institute was built and is operated. V-Must also showed how it is structured and operated. Another was Impact from Spain(digitisation.eu). I continued on to another session to design an Innovation Model for a Digital Heritage Centre, where we played around with Value, partnerships, budgets, outreach etc. It has helped me understand how to deploy a model in the context of Finland.
A visit to the MMSH Aix-en-Provence: The Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme
- General presentation of the structure: Brigitte MARIN, director of the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (Unité Mixte de Recherche Temps, Espaces, Langage, Europe Méridionale-Méditerranée, Laboratoire d’excellence- Méditerranée) http://www.mmsh.univ-aix.fr
- The Mediterranean Audiovisual Memories, a huge corpus of archives easily accessible to all: http://www.medmem.eu/
- Sound heritage recordings: http://phonotheque.mmsh.univ-aix.fr
- e-Médiathèque, a digital multilingual library: http://e-mediatheque.mmsh.univ-aix.fr
- CartoMundi, a scanned cartographic heritage enhancement: http://www.cartomundi.fr
Attended a Tutorial and workshop by Katherine Biggs of the British Museum (Samsung Digital Discovery Centre). Learnt about how BA builds digital learning lessons using their collections for young audiences. We designed a workshop based on the available resources, tech. equipment, and presented it to the participants. It was interesting to see a partnership between a private tech. company and a museum for learning.
- Attended a talk on “Comparing 3D digitizing technologies” by Agora3D Project by 4 Belgian Museums. learnt about various options in terms of cost, resolution, output etc.
- Attended a variety of Media Commons for Cultural Heritage talks and UNESCO Memory of the World talks.
- Fascinating Keynotesby Harry Verwayen of Europeana, Dieter Fellener of Fraunhofer Institute who talked about technologies focusing on industrialization and automation of the whole 2d-3d digitization process. Keynote by Tim Zaman from Delft: talked and showed “Scanning and Printing of Paintings in High Res- full-color-3D.”
- Attended a workshop on “Strategies for User-Generated content and crowdsourcing in museums and cultural heritage” by Susan Hazan.
- An interesting story-telling Community-digital-heritage project: HOMMsw with Crafts Museum India.
- Energy and Museums related Poster: 3ENCULT: Efficient Energy for EU Cultural Heritage.
Overall, the conference was filled with technology demonstrations (especially 3d) and archaeology, but lacked in other humanities, communities and design. Also, there was not much topics on Sustainability and Energy. There was little representation from the Museums themselves, and hardly any curators. But I would highly recommend this Conference for Technology updates in the Digital Heritage Sector.