14. International Congress “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies” (Workshop “Archäologie & Computer”) 2009


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16.-18. November 2009


The annual held conference at Vienna deals at one hand with the Cultural Heritage conservation and preservation in connection with marketing in terms of tourism and the trade of antiquities and the protection of religious culture – see the detailed schedule of Monday and Tuesday.

On the other hand, the topic “New Technologies” consists of workshop about Photogrammetry, GIS– and CAD-applications (this time the kubit company presented its software I already use very successfully like Point Cloud 3D, TachyCAD, PhotoPlan and MonuMap) applications.

Report from Monday, 16th November 2009:

Since GIS is also not new for me I choose the Photogrammetry-workshop held by Prof. Pfeifer and Dr. Ressel (TU Vienna) dealing with the very complex theoretical background. A practical advice was given by Dr. Herbig for an useful workflow practicing photogrammetry as a researcher in the fields of architecture, archaeology or even ethnology,

The workshop was very well prepared so that all participants went out with a bunch of useful information material. However, when the question came to a recommendation of software we could use, the experts had some trouble to answer it satisfactory. The reason is that there is no variety of OS Software in this field nor is the proprietary software sorted into the low budged category. Hence, the aim of the lecturers was more focused of making us able for choosing the right software.

The afternoon with the session “Newbies” invented by Samuel Paley (Archaeology, Buffalo) and chaired by Michael Doneus (Archaeology, Vienna) offered a variety of new technical approaches in term of documentation and analysis. Really outstanding were two presentations by students. Katharina Holzinger presented TUGeoWiki a tagging tool for cultural heritage. The discussion afterwards became inflamed, as usual by presenting a map of archaeological sites, by the use of this tool if all archaeological treasures should be displayed for the public.

From my point of view, digital maps have the great advantage against paper prints the can be sorted thematically in a very fast way. An advantage of web tools is the possibility to apply restrictions as e.g. every facebook user knows that she/he can upload pictures for public or private friends.

The second student showed us a very impressive virtual reconstruction of the Mastaba at Gizeh by using Adobe 3D-pdf Model Viewer. The modular application made it possible to switch between views, e.g. showing original inscription at the walls or already their translation.

Report from Tuesday, 17th November 2009:

The second was occupied by presentations of several database systems concerning mainly archiving systems of cultural heritage departments and museums. The workflow was often very similar: Every institution developed its own database system until they realised the project gets out of their hands they hired often very expensive companies from which they – of course – still depend on. As far as I could see there was no communication between cultural heritage departments of different states. Since every state administrates more or less the same data it is unbelievable that they all reinvent the wheel again and again.

For the administration and archiving of picture I heard several times about the use of ThumbPlus. None used the OS pendant HyperImage I would recommend.

The presentation of the Archaeological Data Service managing archaeological data standardised all over Britain was then a successful pendant to the Middle-Age-like German sectionalism. ADS is not only a progressive example of standardization, maintenance and sharing of data it is also a successful story of how university and cultural heritage can successful co-operate.

Finally, the database factor in my presentation was a bit underrepresented since I was focused on presenting our concept of a virtual research platform where archiving data is just one small part of the whole tool which did not meet the right audience. So maybe it would have fit a bit better into the IT-Education session on …

Report from Wednesday, the 18th November 2009:

… because such functionalities are also possible in Topoi2.0. However, it did not fit right into any of the available session. Let’s have a next try at the CAA 2010

At last, a great eye-catcher was the presentation by Monsieur Chazine about his spatial analysis of the diversion of hand marks using Manning’s ratio a theory about the correlation of finger length and gender.

From my point of view, after having determined the sex I would apply a GIS analysis for a spatial analysis of the distribution of hand marks on certain cave walls (I missed to mention that at the conference since it was already very late at the day).

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