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Digital Past 2014

New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach.

12th and 13th February 2014
St George’s Hotel, Llandudno

Digital Past is a two-day conference showcasing innovative digital technologies for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of heritage sites and artefacts. Running for the sixth year, Digital Past 2014 will be set in the seaside town of Llandudno, and offers a combination of papers, seminars and hands-on workshops and demonstrations to investigate the latest technical survey and interpretation techniques and their practical application in heritage interpretation, education and conservation.

The conference will be of value to anyone working in or studying the archaeological, heritage, education and museums sectors, and is designed to allow informal networking and exchange of ideas within a friendly and diverse audience made up of individuals from commercial, public and third-sector organisations. Open House sessions will also give the opportunity for display and demonstration of projects or products, and the chance to talk to heritage organisations, product developers and retailers.

The themes for this year are ‘Technical Survey’ and ‘Deliverables’.

For ongoing information on speakers and the programme please go to http://digitalpast14.blogspot.co.uk 

and follow #digitalpast2014

Registration cost for the two days is £69, including lunch and refreshments on both days. To register please go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk 

Limited places are available and early registration is advised.

We look forward to welcoming you to Digital Past in 2014.

The Digital Past Team


Day 1 Wednesday 12th February

09.30    Registration: Tea and Coffee on arrival

KEYNOTE SESSION 1 (Wedgewood Room)
10.30 Welcome and Housekeeping
10.40     Opening address: tbc
Chair:     tbc
11.00     Jonathan Purday (Europeana)
11.30    Steve Burnham (Adobe)
12.00    Dr Douglas Cawthorne (Digital Buildings Heritage Group, de Montfort University)
12:30    Questions

12:45 LUNCH (Terrace Restaurant & Conwy Bar)


Technical Survey (Wedgewood Room)
Chair: Dr Kate Roberts (Cadw)
13:45    Digital Technologies in site management – John Edwards (Cadw)
14.05     Approaches to digital documentation – John McCreadie (IIC Technologies)
14.25    An innovative application for the management of the Historic Environment in Qatar – Richard Cuttler, Lucie Dingwall (University of Birmingham) & Tobias Tonner (coaptics Ltd)
14:45    The DART Project – Dr Anthony Beck or Prof Tony Cohn
15:05    Questions & Discussion

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Deliverables (Menai Suite)       
Chair: Tom Pert (RCAHMW)
13:45    A virtual tour of Halkyn Lead Mines – Lorna Jenner (Independent Interpretation Consultant), Julian Baum & Claire Lewis (Take 27)
14.05     Visualising stories in a heritage site – Tom Duncan (Duncan McCauley Gmbh & Co.)
14.25    Virtual Object Handling – Samantha Sportun (Manchester Museum)
14:45    Touching the Neolithic – Jonathan Knox (Pixogram)
15:05    Questions & Discussion

15:30 TEA & COFFEE (Terrace Restaurant & Conwy Bar)

UNCONFERENCE SESSIONS  (15 Minute slots bookable by any delegate on the day) (Wedgewood Suite/Menai suite/Isaiah room)
17:00 Matthew Ephler (Kinograph) (to be live streamed from New York) (Wedgewood Room)

19:00 Conference dinner for those paying to attend (Wedgewood Room)


Day 2 Thursday 13th February 

Heritage Lottery Funding – Stephen Barlow (HLF)
WordPress for websites – Nathan Jorgensen (Software Alliance Wales)
Mobile based platforms for site interpretation – Matt Harris (Mobile Explorer)
Laser scanning, mobile mapping and UAV’s – Paul Burrows (Leica Geosystems)
Virtual object handling – Samantha Sportun (Manchester Museum)
Recycle and reuse: photogrammetry for Archive Images – Ben Edwards (University of Manchester)
Structured Light Scanning and Structure From Motion – John McCreadie (IIC Technologies)
Crowdsourcing and Apps - Marion Page (Dyfed Archaeological Trust) & Tom Pert (RCAHMW)

10.45 TEA & COFFEE


Deliverables (Wedgewood room)
Chair:    Scott Lloyd (RCAHMW)
11.15     Interactive publishing – Saskia Nijs (Layar) (to be live streamed from Amsterdam)
11.35     Internet Archaeology: Some reflections on a digital past - Judith Winters (Internet archaeology)
11.55    A cultural approach to developing location based content – Adrian Hickey & Helen Jackson (Centre of Media Research, University of Ulster)
12:15    Title tbc – Dafydd James (National Museum Wales)
12.35 Questions & discussion

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Technical Survey (Menai Suite)
Chair:    tbc
11.15     UAV’s, Mobile Mapping and laser scanning: Cutting edge developments from Leica Geosystems – Paul Burrows (Leica Geosystems Ltd)
11.35      Title tbc – Jamie Quatermaine (Oxford Archaeology)
11.55    Re-creating Lost Heritage: Automated photogrammetry on archived images – Andrew Wilson (Bangor University)
12:15     Using X-Ray Fluorescence to shed new light on the Iron Age hillforts of mid Wales  - Keith Haylock (Department for Geography and Earth Science, University of Aberystwyth) & Dr Toby Driver (RCAHMW)
12:35     Questions & Discussion

13.00 LUNCH

14:00 KEYNOTE SESSION 2 (Wedgewood Room)

Chair: tbc
14.00    Michael Doneus (University of Vienna)
14.30    Alex Hildred (The Mary Rose Trust)
15.00    Dr Sue Wolfe (Callen-lenz)
15:30    Questions