Appels à contribution – From analogue death to digital re-birth – reconstructing written heritage / Smart ways of building up digital collections in libraries, archives and museums

From analogue death to digital re-birth – reconstructing written heritage

Chair: Katharina KASKA, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Austria

Description of the session: Throughout history books and documents risked being destroyed either by accident or on purpose. Not all of them were completely lost, however, some survived in a mutilated and damaged state, shriveled and darkened from heat, made illegible by water or torn to pieces by physical force. For centuries researchers have been trying to reconstruct those remnants using ever evolving methods to extract information and present their results to the public.

The arrival of digital imaging techniques and online databases was a major step forward not only in quality but also in quantity of reconstructed written material available for research. Text can now be extracted from damaged documents by new optical and spectroscopic methods, fragmented objects can be put together in a virtual environment and all results can be made available in an instant on new online platforms. This leads to a renewed interest in written material that had before been deemed too fragmented or too dispersed to be researched in any depth. This session therefore focuses on the application of new and improved methods for the reconstruction of written heritage and their presentation in online environments. It invites papers on technical aspects as well as case studies that highlight the application of new techniques within fields such as:

  • Digital reconstruction of fragmented documents
  • Databases for fragmented and reconstructed written heritage
  • New forms of online collaboration for dispersed written material
  • Advances in multispectral imaging of erased and degraded script
  • Image processing techniques for heavily degraded or multilayer documents
  • XRF-mapping for text recovery

Target group: Researches on written heritage, imaging techniques, reconstruction of texts and written documents.

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Smart ways of building up digital collections in libraries, archives and museums

Chairs: Anita EICHINGER, Vienna City Library | Christoph SONNLECHNER, Vienna City Archives, Vienna, Austria

Description of the round table: In the last 20 years archives, libraries and museums have begun to digitize cultural heritage in order to preserve, but also to provide access to a wider range of users by the use of digital technologies. Every institution has its own “digital library/archive/museum” in which objects are presented in a more or less attractive way for users. What is very often missing is a user-friendly presentation as well as cooperations in order to reach a “smart” integration of the information systems (only to mention lack of responsive designs, lack of “single points of access” etc.).  Moreover, cultural heritage institutions not only need to improve access for users, but also they need to strengthen cross fertilization between them and technological industries. There is need for common data exchange formats as well as for building up digitization strategies.

In this session we will focus on best practice projects in building up digital collections as well as enlarging and improving the visibility and accessibility of cultural heritage collections. Sustainable access to cultural heritage to a wider range of users through digital technologies can be labeled as “smart culture”. Therefore also papers are welcome which address (controversial) aspects on “smart city – smart culture”.

Target group: Archivists, librarians, curators of museums, employees of cultural Administrations

Specifics: We invite papers with aspects on (but not limited to):

  • Best practice in building digital collections
  • Best practice in presentation of digital objects
  • Cooperations between archives, libraries and museums in digitization projects/digital Portals
  • Best practice in how to deal with different metadata-formats in museums, archives, libraries
  • Smart City – smart culture Projects

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