Digital Heritage 2018
26-30 October 2018, San Francisco (USA)
Digital Heritage Conferences are a series of global events organized by the informal confederation of all organizations concerned in one way or another with Cultural Heritage. CIPA is one of them. The idea was conceived in Milan in 2012 and since then two such events took place in Marseille (2013) and in Granada (2015). This was the third in the series organized in San Francisco by Prof. Lon Addison. The decision was taken in summer 2017 after a vote by the participating organizations. Note that in the meantime (Oct. 2017) Eurographics have decided not to participate in this global event any more.
Digital Heritage 2018 in San Francisco, 26-30 October 2018, was designed to be a leading global event on digital technology for documenting, conserving and sharing heritage, from monuments & sites, to museums & collections, libraries & archives, and intangible traditions & languages. Featuring keynotes from cultural leaders & digital pioneers, a tech expo, research demos, scientific papers, policy panels, best practice case studies, hands-on workshops, plus tours of technology and heritage labs. It was scheduled for 5 days, combining 18 federating events, with many talks, in 4 amazing venues, 50,000 sqft of expo space and 3 technical tours.
The focus of the conference was on Culture and technology domains from computer science to cultural preservation, archaeology to art, architecture to archiving, museums to musicology, history to humanities, computer games to computer graphics, digital surveying to social science, libraries to language, and many more.
Digital Heritage 2018 was staged at the Fort Mason Center for the Arts as well as in nearby museums and monuments. Fort Mason, a historic former naval facility, sits on the San Francisco Bay with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
At the same time 2 conferences and 15 special events were held in conjunction with DH2018. The International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia VSMM 2018 – 24th International Conference and the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium PNC 2018 – 25th Conference & Joint Meetings.
The special events included:
- Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – CAA Special Symposium;
- The Int’l Council on Monuments & Sites/Int’l Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing – ICOMOS/ISPRS CIPA Special Session;
- Int’l Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Space2Place 2018 Special Session on Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage in Conflict Zones;
- ICOMOS Int’l Scientific Committee for Interpretation & Presentation of Cultural Heritage (ICIP); ICOMOS ICIP Session on Technology for Interpretation: Challenges & Potential; ICOMOS ICIP Workshop on Evolving Technologies for Interpretation; ICOMOS ICIP Session on Digital for Archaeological Collections;
- Association of Canadian Archivists, ACA Special Session on Archives;
- California State Parks, CalParks Special Session on 3D Digital Preservation & Best Practices;
- Rijksmuseum, 2+3D Photography Special Session;
- Centre for Architecture, Urbanism & Global Heritage, Nottingham Trent Univ. & Middle East Virtual Heritage Network, 5D Virtual Heritage of Medieval Culture Special Session;
- EU E-RIHS Project and Dr. Luca Pezzati & Dr. Sofia Pescarin, Italian National Research Council, E-RIHS Project: Panel on Infrastructure for Heritage Sciences;
- EU ARIADNE Project & Community, ARIADNE Session: Is Your Archaeological Data FAIR Enough?
- EU PARTHENOS Project, with the Research Data Alliance, Science Europe, and more, PARTHENOS Roundtable: “FAIR” Research Data Openness: Policies & Strategies;
- EU REVEAL Project and Italian National Research Council ITABC & ITD, REVEAL Videogames & Multimedia: New Challenges for Museums, Schools & Tourism;
- Sheffield Hallam Univ. & EU MeSch Project, Tangible & Embodied Experiences Special Session;
- EMOTIVE EU Project & Univ. of Glasgow & Univ. of Athens & ATHENA RC, Emotions in Digital Cultural Heritage Special Session.
The Exhibition of DH2018 featured an expo of cutting-edge technology and applications for heritage, but unfortunately it only lasted for a day and a half (open Saturday from 12:30pm and all day Sunday). So, participants did not have the opportunity to visit all impressive booths.
At the side of the Conference there were certain social events, like the gala dinner on board the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. A piece of WWII living history, offering also tours on this National Liberty Ship Memorial on Sunday evening. Although initially planned to take the ship out on the Bay, due to unforeseen mechanical problems, the ship remained docked at Pier 45. During dinner a special guest keynote on the underwater 3D digitization effort to document the famed USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor was organized.
The Conference was very expensive, as is San Francisco, (620 USD General registration, 560 USD for Academics and 400USD for students). These fees included the badge, the lunches (from canteens on-wheels on 3 days), the gala dinner but not the technical tours “offered”.
As is common in such events, there were a lot of things going on at the same time. Day schedule was updated on-line and sessions were moved from venue to venue depending on electronically declared attendance. Some of the keynotes were very interesting. Most impressive was the introductory keynote by Dr. Brewster Kahle Internet Archive Founder and Digital Librarian and the “interview” of Vint Cerf, Vice President of Google, by Chance Coughenour from Google Arts & Culture.
The CIPA Special Session was very well attended and 8 papers were presented followed by discussion. The CIPA Special Session was entitled 3D Documentation of Heritage (ICOMOS/ISPRS CIPA Special Session), and it was moderated by Prof Andreas Georgopoulos. The titles of the papers were:
- Image Processing Scheme for Archiving Epigraphs (Hideyuki Uesugi, Masayuki Uesugi and Teruhiro Tani);
- The digitisation of museum collections for research, management and enhancement of tangible and intangible heritage (Massimiliano Lo Turco, Fulvio Rinaudo, Paolo Piumatti, Michele Calvano, Alessandra Spreafico and Giacomo Patrucco);
- Roc-cut architecture: modeling Mahabalipuram (Alfonso Ippolito and Martina Attenni);
- Digital Documentation Workflow and Challenges for Tropical Vernacular Architecture in the Case of the Kasepuhan Palace in Cirebon, Indonesia (Arnadi Murtiyoso, Pierre Grussenmeyer, Deni Suwardhi, Dirga Sumantri, Shafarina Wahyu, Iwan Purnama, Sutrisno Murtiyoso, Gina Andryana and Rabby Awalludin);
- Rome under Rome: survey and analysis of the east excavation area beneath the Basilica Iulia (Marco Galli, Carlo Inglese, Tommaso Ismaelli and Marika Griffo);
- Image Base Modelling, 3D Laser scan & Gigapixel survey for the documentation of Carlo Lucangeli’s Flavian Amphitheater wood model (Graziano Mario Valenti and Jessica Romor);
- The critical reconstruction of the Temple – Theatre complex in the Italic Sanctuary of Pietrabbondante (Giorgia Potestà and Carlo Bianchini);
- Combining an Indoor positioning system (IPS) with Structure from Motion (SfM) techniques in cultural heritage (Panagiotis Parthenios)
The CIPA President was given the floor to welcome the participants during the opening ceremony and was again given the floor during the closing ceremony to advertise our next Symposium in Avila in 2019.