Keynote Speakers

Javier Hernandez-Ros
Information Society and Media DG, Information Market Unit
10, Rue R. Stumper
L-2557 Gasperich, Luxembourg

i2010 Digital Libraries' Initiative - Europe's Cultural Heritage at a Click of a Mouse

The presentation will cover the aims, main features, past and ongoing developments of the European Commission initiative "i2010 Digital Libraries". The initiative aims at making Europe's diverse cultural and scientific heritage (books, films, maps, photographs, music, etc.) easier and more interesting to use online for work, leisure and/or study. It builds on Europe's rich heritage combining multicultural and multilingual environments with technological advances and new business models. The presentation will address the progress made since the launch of the initiative in 2005 in its three main strands of action (digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation). It will review the activities involving stakeholders, the recommendations of the High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries and the ongoing work to arrive at the launch of EUROPEANA, the multilingual single entry point to Europe's cultural heritage, our future European digital library. The European Commission has been working together with national libraries, archives, audiovisual archives and museums in Member States, with a view to launch EUROPEANA in November 2008.

John Van Oudenaren
World Digital Library
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20540

The World Digital Library Initiative

This presentation will cover the background to, objectives of, and prospects for the World Digital Library (WDL), a project of UNESCO, the Library of Congress, and major libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions from around the world. The WDL will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, rare and unique primary materials that reflect the history and cultural heritage of all countries. The objectives of the project are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, expand the volume and increase the diversity of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences, and build capacity in partner institutions in ways that will narrow the digital divide within and between countries. The presentation will feature a prototype of the WDL that will be launched for the international public in April 2009.

Massimo Negri
Director of the European Museum Forum and
Member of the Board of the European Digital Library
European Museum Forum
PO Box 913
BS99 5ST Bristol, UK

Libraries, Monuments, Archives, Museums: The European heritage facing the digital challenge

Vassilios Tsingas
Elliniki Photogrammetriki Ltd, Project Manager of “Development of Geographic Information Systems at the Acropolis of Athens“

Acropolis of Athens, from ancient Greece to digital Age

Vassilios Tsingas, Elliniki Photogrammetriki Ltd.
Dorina Moullou , Dionysia Mavromati, Greek Ministry of Culture, Acropolis Restoration Service

The presentation will cover the project “Development of Geographic Information Systems at the Acropolis of Athens“, financed by the European Union and the Government of Greece. The Acropolis of Athens is one of the major archaeological sites world-wide included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The project started in June 2007 and will finish at the end of 2008. The paper will present the motivation for the project and its aims, giving a description of the deliverables and the specifications, as well as the project difficulties. Furthermore, will present the techniques used, both photogrammetric and geodetic, for data acquisition and processing. The project is divided into three basic tasks: the geodetic one, involving field measurements for the generation of a polygonometric network and terrestrial laser scanning of the walls and Acropolis rock and also the Erechtheion monument, the photogrammetric one involving image acquisition, orientation, DSM generation and orthorectification, and finally the development of a GIS database and applications. This contribution underlines particularly the potential of combining different technologies (especially digital imaging and laser scanning) for an accurate 3D modeling of cultural heritage sites. Preliminary results will be reported.

Donna J. Cox
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Aiken Chair and Special Advisor to the Provost Director Digital Media Initiative focused on Arts and Technology
Professor, School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts Director, Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Designing the Digital Imaginary: a Convergence of Art and Supercomputer Science

Cox will present a visual feast of digital data-driven scientific and artistically rendered visualizations. She and her team have developed new visualization methods and virtual reality tools that provide novel ways for researchers to collaborate over remote distances and high-speed networks. This presentation will demonstrate advanced graphical techniques in the making of 'high art' science for public presentation in a variety of large-format venues including full-dome digital planetariums, IMAX theaters, and high-definition television. These projects include the IMAX film "Cosmic Voyage," nominated for Academy Award and funded by Smithsonian Institute; New York City's American Museum of Natural History's "Passport to the Universe;" and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science "Black Holes: the Otherside of Infinity" digital planetarium show, currently playing at 24 full-dome digital planetariums around the world. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with visualizations for high-definition television programs including the popular PBS "Hunt for the Supertwister." These virtual tours provide international audiences with immersive, embodied experiences of our technoscientific culture and the collective digital imaginary.

David Arnold
University of Brighton, UK

EPOCH is a network of about a hundred European institutions collaboratively producing applications involving digital versions of Cultural Heritage.

The European Network of Excellence in Open Cultural Heritage, Project EPOCH and the European Union Integrated Project 3D-COFORM Project - An Overview -