Digital Heritage and Innovation, Engagement and Identity – International Conference in Berlin

Digital Heritage and Innovation, Engagement and Identity – International Conference in Berlin

Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof

12-13 November 2015

Digital Heritage is linking cultural heritage and information technologies in novel ways that help safeguarding cultural heritage and that help find new ways for cultural heritage to interact with society. This conference presented research in this area that focusses in particular on the role of digital heritage in citizen engagement and as a means of defining cultural and social identity. The conference targeted a wide audience, including policy makers, cultural managers and curators, association of citizens, representatives of the educational sector, creative and cultural enterprises. Two lines have been explored during the Conference:

  • Digitisation is producing a big change that is impacting cultural institutions, their practices, the way that the heritage is preserved, accessed and made available on the Internet
  • The participation of citizens in digitisation activities and co-creation experiences, including the artistic dimension, represents a big potential that is demanding to be unlocked.

During the International Conference, the CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES and RICHES partners proposed and discussed to adopt the Berlin Charter which contains a set of principles for encouraging and supporting citizens’ engagement in cultural heritage and humanities research in the digital age. The Charter is open to be adopted by all interested parties (private organisations, public institutions, artists, professionals, researchers and interested citizens).

If you are interested to sign the Berlin chapter, please contact Mauro Fazio (the Project Coordinator, from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, or Antonella Fresa (the Project Technical Coordinator, from Promoter srl, or use the form on the right side of this page.

Download the Berlin Charter here.

All the presentations delivered at the meeting are made downloadable in the Programme below, beside the name of each speaker. Please find below some images taken during the International Conference. The full video of the two-days event will be available soon.

Programme of the Conference:

THURSDAY 12 November 2015

09.30 – 10.15:  Registration

10.15 – 10.30: Welcome (Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Institut für Museumsforschung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany,  Mauro Fazio, Project Coordinator, MISE, Italy, Ralph Dum, European Commission)

10.30 – 10.50:  DDB – the German digital library – a joint initiative from many players – Frank Frischmuth, Geschäftsstelle Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Germany (Presentation PDF)

10.50 – 11.20: Thoughts on objects, preservation, participation, and education in a digital world– Gregor Hagedorn, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany (Presentation PDF)

11.20 – 11.30: Discussion

11.30 – 12.00: coffee break

12.00 – 13.30: Session ”Digitisation and the Arts“

Just what is it … that makes digitization in the arts so different, so appealing? – Anett Holzheid, ZKM – Karlsruhe (Presentation PDF)

“ -  Oliver Laric;

Displacement Maps - Spiros Hadjidjanos;

Evolving MastersNicolas Pelzer (Presentation ZIP)

Reality machines: Art at the intersection of the physical and digital - Anna Engberg-Pedersen, Studio Olafur Eliasson (Presentation PDF)

13.30 – 14.30: lunch 14.30 – 15.30: Session “3-D digitization: a chance for preserving heritage”

Marinos Ioannides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

ZEDIKUM Berlin: Goals, tasks and challenges – Christoph Jahn, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany (Presentation PDF)

From 3D digitisation to 3D visualisation of ancient sites and landscapes in computer game engines -  Thomas Bremer, Game-Design, HTW Berlin, Germany

15.30 – 16.00: coffee break 16.00 – 17.30: Session How to get forward”

2018: European year of cultural heritage – Uwe Koch, BKM. Berlin Germany (Presentation PDF)

Cut the Gordian Knot – Cultural Heritage and Copyright – Paul Klimpel, iRights.Law, Germany (Presentation PDF)

The Civic Epistemologies Roadmap on citizen science for digital cultural heritage – Borje Justrell, Riksarkivet, Sweden (Presentation PDF)

17.30 – 18.00: Discussion

18.00 – 19.15: Guided visit to the Museum für Gegenwart, hosted in the Hamburger Bahnhof with a very impressive collections of contemporary artworks

19.15 – 21.00: cocktail


FRIDAY 13 November 2015

09.30 – 13.00: Session ”Community-Led Redesign of Cultural Heritage”

09.30 – 09.45   Introduction to the RICHES project: Overview of the project aims and objectives – Neil Forbes, Project Coordinator, Coventry University, UK (Presentation PDF)

09.45 – 10.00   Introduction to the topic of Community-Led Cultural Heritage – Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University, UK (Presentation PDF)

10.00 – 11.30: Sub-session 1: Strategies for the Co-Creation of Cultural Heritage

CHAIR: Moya Kneafsey,Coventry University, UK

10.00 – 10.20   The Spanish-speaking community in Berlin and the use of ‘diasporic’ media - Swenja Wirtz and Monica Hagedorn-Saupe, SPK, Germany (Presentation PDF)

10.20 – 10.40   Co-Creation of Cultural Heritage Strategies – Robin van Westen and Dick van Dijk, WAAG, The Netherland (Presentation PDF)

10.40 – 11.00   Plenary Discussion

11.00 – 11.30: coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: Sub-session 2: Community-Led Culture Economies

CHAIR: Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Museum of European cultures, Germany

11.30 – 11.50   Community-Led Commodification of Food Cultures – Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University, UK (Presentation PDF)

11.50 – 12.10   The Commodification of Community-learned Skills in the Digital Age: The Case of Craft –  Amalia Sabiescu and Martin Woolley, Coventry University, UK (Presentation PDF)

12.10 – 12.30   Community Participation in the Redesign of Urban Built Heritage: the case of Palazzo Pretorio, Italy - Antonella Fresa, Promoter, Italy (Presentation PDF)

12.30 – 13.00   Plenary discussion

13.00 – 14.30:  lunch

14.30 – 17.30:  Session ”A roadmap on citizen science for digital cultural heritage”

14.30 – 14.40      A brief presentation of the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development and the importance of the project for the economic development – Mauro Fazio, Project Coordinator, MISE, Italy (Presentation PDF)

14.40 – 15.00      Short presentation of the Civic Epistemologies project – Antonella Fresa, Technical Coordinator, Promoter srl, Italy (Presentation PDF)

15.00 – 15.20      Pilot Study in Ireland, Edel Jennings, Waterford institute of Technologies, Ireland (Presentation PDF)

15.20 – 15.40      Case Studies in UK – Sarah Whatley and Neil Forbes, Coventry University, UK (Presentation PDF)

15.40 – 16.00      coffee break

16.00 – 16.30      Edit-a-thon: contribution to the CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES Registry of Resources, Michal Jankowski, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland (Presentation PDF)

16.30 – 16.50      The Roadmap for Citizen Science – Börje Justrell, Riksarkivet (National Archives), Sweden (Presentation PDF)

16.50 – 17.30      Discussion and conclusions

17.30 – 18.00     Closing remarks + Final Declaration

Download here the Programme

VENUE: Hamburger Bahnhof: Invalidenstraße 50-51 – 10557 Berlin

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