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Digital Data at Digital Past 2018

In addition to our sessions on Digital Survey and Digital Heritage, Digital Past 2018 will also be hosting a session on Digital Data.

Nick White is the IT Manager of an ERC funded project at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford and technical lead and co-founder of Rescribe, a not-for-profit company which specialises in open source OCR software for historical texts. Antonia Karaisl is a PhD student at The Warburg Institute, University of London, and also a co-founder of Rescribe. In Licensing and Development Models in Digital Heritage, Nick and Antonia will undertake an evaluation of a number of popular digital heritage projects which have been undertaken using different licensing and development regimes. They will examine reusability of software and data, as well as licensing choices, and assess how these decisions have affected the long-term success and viability of these projects. In the light of Brexit and future funding uncertainty, they will also be offering some recommendations for future best practise.


We are pleased to welcome Maurice Murphy back to Digital Past for his second appearance. Lecturer and researcher in building conservation and computer graphics in the College of Engineering and Built Environment in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Maurice is also a qualified building surveyor. He has been researching the application of Building Information Management (BIM) to the historic building section for some time (HBIM) and is returning o Digital Past to discuss the development of this research into the use of HBIM in combination with game engine platforms for the presentation and analysis of archaeology and architectural heritage. Combining Historic BIM and game engine platforms for archaeology and architectural heritage will present a conceptual design for the combination of these processes and platforms, discussing how such an approach will make HBIM models more easily accessible to the building industry; and allowing them to be used for educational purposes to facilitate dissemination of knowledge of cultural heritage.


System Architecture for Virtual Armagh Observatory


Alexander Reinhold is a PhD candidate at Lancaster University. With a particular interest in the use of computer applications in archaeology for the purpose of digital documentation of heritage sites and the dissemination of data to the public, his research is part of the ‘Geospatial Innovations’ project. This project aims to develop a prototype deep map that allows a range of user-groups to gain new understandings of the importance of space and place to Lake District heritage. Alexander’s presentation Geospatial Innovation: A Deep Map of the Lake District, will outline the project and the concepts of deep mapping, before focusing on a single historic map of Derwent Water Lake in the Lake District, created by Peter Crosthwaite in 1783.


Orangeleaf Systems Ltd are a Digital Heritage Consultancy specialising in the development of online public access interfaces to the Historic Environment Record, Archive, Museum and Library collections. James Grimster, Managing Director, will be at the Digital Data session to discuss Using IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) for delivering archival access copies from a collections management and digital preservation system: In Practice. Increasingly asked by archives to present the end user with a consistent presentation of digitised material, regardless of whether it is a single item or a collection, James will presenting three case studies that explore the the practical aspects of using the emerging Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF): Denbighshire Archives, Suffolk Archives and the Parliamentary archives. James will also be present as a Silver Sponsor of the conference, and as an exhibitor so you will also be able to visit him at his stand to discuss his work and take advantage of his expertise.


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