CHER-Ob: An Open Source Platform for Shared Analysis in Cultural Heritage Research

The Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Yale Computer Graphics Group have released CHER-Ob (CULTURAL HERITAGE-Object), an open source platform developed in an attempt to enhance analysis, evaluation, documentation, sharing and management of 3D and 2D visualizations as well as textual and conservation science data.

The development of CHER-Ob is intended to offer a flexible, expandable integrated platform for collaborative cultural heritage research. It is compatible with commonly used imaging data types (2D and 3D images, RTIs, CT) and textual information. CHER-Ob offers an enhanced annotation framework and metadata schema, automatic report generation, bookmark, screenshot, searching, sorting and filtering options.

Project webpage

Source code (GitHub)

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Seminar – Archaeological survey and the Mediterranean countryside

Archaeological survey and the Mediterranean countryside
Empty spaces & Empty phases: research questions, scales and methods

May 25-26, University of Cambridge – Faculty of Classics

What’s new in archaeological survey in the Mediterranean countryside? After more than half a century of research and fieldwork, involving millions of hectares of survey, a host of meetings to discuss theory, methods, settlement, population, social and economic patterns, what are the current critical issues and perspectives in this field of studies? In the last decade we have seen the introduction of new techniques and ideas that are radically changing perspectives and possibilities within archaeological landscape survey. In particular we can now apply new survey, diagnostic, analytical and visualization techniques to help us integrate incoming data and to challenge previous understandings based mainly on field-walking survey and limited trial excavation. Moreover, new concepts and questions have come to the fore, such as ‘emptiness’ and the problems of ‘archaeological invisibility’, forcing us to revise our approaches to matters of scale, detail, research methodology and the framing of basic archaeological questions.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss, through ‘blue skies thinking’ and relevant case studies, the present state-of-the-art within this field of studies, identifying critical issues and omissions, addressing ‘short-circuit’ thinking and exploring the opportunity to launch a ‘Next Wave’ of archaeological investigation in the varied countrysides around the Mediterranean Sea.

Seminar WEB site – http://www.emptyscapes.org

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Summer school at the University of Pisa: Data-Driven Archaeology

The University of Pisa is offering a Summer School which will enable participants to manage the whole lifecycle of archaeological data.

Archaeology Of The Future: Data Mining, Data Analysis, and Data Driven Archaeology is built around a new paradigm which takes into consideration the role of the archaeologist as both producer and user of digital Archaeological data. Attendees will learn the concepts and methods of data retrieval, management, analysis and communication through an integrated use of technology and mathematical principles.

The Summer School will take place from the 11th to the 29th of July 2016, at the University of Pisa, Italy.
It is aimed at Archaeology and Cultural Heritage students, PhD candidates and post-docs. If you know anyone who might be interested in attending, please forward this invitation to them.

Deadline: June 26, 2016.
For an effective learning environment, the number of participants be limited to 20.

More information can be found on

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MOSAIC 2016 – International Summer School at Kiel University

Modelling Spheres of Interaction – Mosaic – International Summer School at Kiel University
05-09 September 2016

At Kiel University there is a growing interdisciplinary community which strives to establish an integrative concept and culture of modelling. The intention behind Mosaic is to convey the Kiel spirit of interdisciplinary modelling and to facilitate knowledge transfer on basic theories, methods and techniques in spatio-temporal modelling.
In this summer school we will introduce participants to the basics of modelling, mathematics, trends, boundaries, movement, interaction and networks.

The Summer School focuses on interaction as a key concept in social life, and on methods for reconstructing and modeling spheres of interaction at different spatial and temporal scales. Students will learn an innovative approach, used in recent studies, for modelling spheres of interaction. The course will cover a variety of theories and concepts that will enable students to apply this method to further regions, material groups, and time periods. The course is divided into individual lessons presented by experts, thus providing a diverse overview of approaches.

For more information visit the website or view the flyer.

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2nd CAA-GR Conference at the University of Athens on December 2016

The Second “Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology” (CAA-GR 2016) conference will be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December 2016. A workshop (theme to be confirmed) is scheduled on Monday 19 December 2016.

The organizing committee of CAA-GR 2016 will soon invite contributions that fall within the following research areas:

  • Field prospection and recording methods for excavation and laboratory work
  • Data modeling, management and integration
  • Linked data and the semantic web
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • 3D modeling, virtual reality and simulations
  • Geomatics, aerial photography and remote sensing
  • GIS applications in a historical context
  • Digital data long-term preservation and re-use
  • Users and interfaces: education, museums and multimedia
  • Theoretical issues on computer applications in Archaeology and the Humanities
  • Digital Humanities and Social Media
  • Digital Cities, cultural heritage management and protection
  • Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research

The conference proceedings will be published in the form of e-publication (with ISBN) and will become available on-line through our web-site soon after the end of the conference.

The call for papers and additional information on CAA GR 2016 will be published on the conference  website in April 2016.

    Preliminary time schedule

2nd September 2016

End of Call for Papers and Posters

3rd October 2016

Notification of Speakers / Poster presenters

15th October 2016

End of Early Bird Registration (discounted fee)

14th November 2016

End of Registration for presenters

2nd December 2016

End of Registration for conference/workshop attendants
(Subject to space availability; attendants might be able to register during the conference)

19th December 2016

Workshop (Theme to be confirmed)

20th-21st December 2016

Conference

15th February 2017

Submission of Manuscripts

1st April 2017

End of Reviewing Process

15th May 2017

Deadline for Revised Manuscripts

20th June 2017

Camera ready papers

30th July 2017

Publication

You may download the CAA-GR 2016 conference flyer.

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Job Opportunity – Senior Technical Officer – Maynooth University Ireland

We are seeking a creative and dedicated Senior Technical Officer with knowledge of and experience in methodologies used in the fields of Digital Humanities, Digital Heritage, Digital Libraries or related fields. This position provides an exciting opportunity for the selected candidate to join a vibrant and growing team and contribute to research and teaching undertaken in An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University (Ireland). Some recent projects include Letters of 1916, Ireland’s first digital public humanities project, and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge which has been developed as a Virtual World, with content currently being repurposed as an Augmented Reality application for secondary school students. Other projects include The Versioning Machine and #dariahTeach, an online platform for teaching digital humanities. An Foras Feasa is a member of the DIXiT Digital Scholarly Editing network, the Virtual Heritage Network (Ireland), and the Virtual Worlds Consortium.  The post holder will be expected to have skills and qualifications in one or more of the following, including but not limited to: information design, data analysis, data modelling, and data discovery. The successful candidate is expected to provide technical guidance, solution, and maintenance for existing An Foras Feasa projects. The position also provides an opportunity to work with other staff members on funding applications as well as time to pursue their own research agenda. The post holder may also participate in digital humanities teaching and training at Maynooth University, including module lecturing, thesis co-supervision, and internship mentoring as part of the MA in Digital Humanities and the MSc in Spatial eHumanities. This is a three year contract post (application deadline 22 November) For further information about the role and how to apply please see our Human Resources page. For informal enquiries contact Dr Costas Papadopoulos at konstantinos.papadopoulos[-AT-]nuim.ie

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Second CAA-GR conference, Athens 20-21 December 2016 – 2nd call for papers – Deadline extended

2nd CAA GR Conference – Call for PapersAthens, 20-21 December 2016 The Call for Papers & Posters has been extended!New submission deadline: 18 September 2016 The Second CAA-GR conference will be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on Tuesday 20th – Wednesday 21st December 2016.  The CAA GR 2016 organizing committee invites abstracts for papers and/or posters relating to all aspects of computer applications, quantitative methods and digital applications in the archaeology and in cultural heritage of Greece and Cyprus. It is also possible to submit abstracts for related research in neighboring areas. The official languages of the conference are Greek and English.  The main themes of the conference include: 1.Field prospection and recording methods for excavation and laboratory work2.Data modeling, management and integration3.Linked data and the semantic web4.Data analysis and visualization5.3D modeling, virtual reality and simulations6.Geomatics, aerial photography and remote sensing7.GIS applications in a historical context8.Digital data long-term preservation and re-use9.Users and interfaces: education, museums and multimedia10.Theoretical issues on computer applications in Archaeology and the Humanities11.Digital Humanities and Social Media12.Digital Cities, cultural heritage management and protection13.Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research Abstracts on other themes may also be submitted. Workshops On 19th December 2016, namely before the main conference venue, two 6hour workshops are taking place: 1.Computational Imaging for Cultural Heritage Part 1: Photogrammety and Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Field and Lab RecordingWorkshop Instructor: Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos, Lecturer in Digital Heritage, Maynooth University, Ireland Part 2: Beyond Digitisation: CHER-Ob for Analysing Cultural Heritage DatasetsWorkshop Instructors: Dr Eleni Kotoula & Dr Kiraz Goze Akoglu, Postdoctoral Associates, Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage & Yale Computer Science, Yale University, USA Date/Place: Monday 19th December 2016, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies, Navarchou Notara 51a, ExarchiaTime:10 am – 6 am 2.Historical landscapes through Aerial Photogrammetry: between archive and drone images Date/Place: Monday 19th December 2016, Norwegian Institute at Athens Tsami Karatasou 5, Koukaki.Time:10 am – 5 amWorkshop Instructor: Dr Gianluca Cantoro, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Post-Doctoral Researcher The conference proceedings will be published in electronic format (with ISBN) and will be accessible online through the website of CAA-GR after the conference.The updated call for submission of abstracts is available in Pdf format (Greek, English).  Key Dates 2 September 2016 18 September 2016 Submission of papers and posters abstracts 3 October 2016 9 October 2016 Notification of speakers/poster presenters 4 October 2016 Deadline for grant applications 9 October 2016 Registration opens 10 October 2016 Notification of grant recipients 15 October 2016 End of early bird registration (discounted fee) 14 November 2016 End of registration for presenters 21 November 2016 End of registration for the workshop   2 December 2016 End of registration for attendants (subject to space availability attendants might be able to register during the conference) 19 December 2016 Workshops 20-21 December 2016 CAA GR Conference 15 February 2017 Submission of manuscripts 1 April 2017 End of reviewing process 10 April 2017 Authors notification 15 May 2017 Deadline for revised manuscripts 20 June 2017 Camera ready papers 30 July 2017 Publication

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Sensing the past: Remote Monitoring for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environmentʼ 4-8 April, 2016 – Cyprus
Special Session on
Sensing the past: Remote Monitoring for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Call for papers

The RSCy2016, April 4 – 8, 2016 is a most welcome forum to present the latest updates related to current archaeological applications of remote sensing and non-invasive investigation, analysis, and monitoring methods, covering the full spectrum of topics, techniques, time span and global application. A special focus will be drawn on Remote Sensing applications intended for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.

For further information please visit the RSCy2016 webiste.

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CAA International 2016 – (Oslo, March 29, 2016 – April 2, 2016)


We would like to inform you that the Call for sessions for the International CAA 2016 – (Oslo, March 29, 2016 – April 2, 2016) is out.
You can submit a session proposal through the conference management system by September 7th.
Click the link for more information:
http://ocs.caaconference.org/index.php?conference=caa&schedConf=caa2016

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CAA-GR 2015 Annual General Meeting – Draft Minutes

The CAA-GR 2015 Annual General meeting has been held on Wednesday, 1st April 2015, 17:00-18:00 at the University of Siena. Draft MinutesCAA-GR Members present: 16Non-members: 3 1. Chairman’s report on CAA-GR actions (events-meetings, publications, finance, number of members, web site visibility)2. CAA-GR AGM Agenda. The constitutional changes proposed were partly accepted.  The changes in the Membership (The constitution of CAA-GR, III, 1) were not accepted.  The proposal for e-voting for the election of the board (The constitution of CAA-GR, V, 4) was accepted. The changes in the eligibility criteria for candidates for the board (The constitution of CAA-GR, V, 4) were not accepted. The proposal for announcement of changes in constitution at the CAA-GR website (The constitution of CAA-GR, VI, 3) was accepted. 3. Other issues discussed: CAA-GR Conference – no official bids yet. Bids are invited for the next conference.  “Mailing list” for the scholars of Eastern Mediterranean zone Enrich the contents of the CAA-GR website E-voting (survey monkey, etc.) You may also download the draft mintes of the CAA-GR 2015 annual general meeting in pdf format.

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