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1 EPOCH The European Network of Excellence on ICT Applications to Cultural Heritage contract no. IST EPOCH is funded by the European Commission under the Community´s Sixth Framework Programme, contract no. IST However, the content of this presentation reflects only the authors´ (WP4) views and the Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein

2 2 What is EPOCH EPOCH is a Network of Excellence under FP6 dealing with ICT ( Information & Communication Technologies ) Applications to Cultural Heritage Kick-Off: April 2004 End of EC funding: March 2008 Partners: more than 80, from most of the European countries, but also from USA, South Africa, Australia, and the Far East Mission: Foster Integration at a European Level

3 3 EPOCH goals Foster integration Stimulate cross-fertilization between humanities and technology Integrate research teams at a European level Create an integrated toolkit Create a joint research infrastructure Define research and dissemination standards Create a holistic approach to CH dissemination Spread excellence Provide a training framework Raise citizens awareness towards CH

4 4 Why it matters Cultural Heritage is an important factor: in determining tourists decisions on destination: Heritage is an important motivation factor Cultural tourism may be a pathway to economic development of less favoured areas for education of the citizen and appreciation of cultural diversity Education takes a large portion of national budgets Understanding each others culture will be one of the main challenges of the next generation of EU citizens ICT (Intelligent Heritage) can significantly enhance both sectors

5 5 Today, one of heritage's major roles is to strengthen cohesion and social ties in societies disrupted by all kinds of changes. The cultural and environmental spheres are becoming a preferred terrain for experimentation with citizenship, voluntary work and partnership." Technology has a part in delivering the potential benefits of increased understanding of the forces that have shaped our society, but the way the message is communicated is likely to determine whether the effects are positive or negative. Council of Europe report Forward planning: the function of cultural heritage in a changing Europe …Tourism has become a complex phenomenon …UNESCOs objective is to help Member States to devise strategies for the long-term preservation of the cultural heritage, for better promotion and knowledge of the cultural heritage … thereby contributing to economic, social and cultural development." This recognises a clear inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural motivation…heritage and cultural tourism has the potential to add to quality of life - a motivation well beyond a simplistic economic return of individual visitor centres. UNESCO report 2001

6 6 Challenges and tensions Access vs Preservation Physical access threatens preservation through wear and tear and environmental exposure Access at some level is a prerequisite for interpretation and to realising potential Facts vs Interpretation Our knowledge is almost always interpretation of fragile evidence, and interpretation is normally ambiguous Events even more uncertain than artefacts Accuracy requires uncertainty to be shown, but too much uncertainty and/or too many alternatives lead to confused messages Culture vs Culture Interpretation needs context for both original circumstance and viewed Much tangible heritage relates to e.g. religion or war – both emotive and multi-faceted (one cultures heroic victory may be anothers dictatorial oppression)

7 7 Technological challenges Cultural heritage presents very challenging real-user requirements The challenge of mixing features which are still difficult to achieve in isolation is substantial. Example: data acquisition systems very low cost rugged for effective work under harsh conditions (the desert, the North, a dig) portable for use with pieces in museum suitable for fast deployment in emergency digs.

8 8 Obtaining recognition Unless action is taken: Assessment of interdisciplinary research will be in charge of professionals central to the individual disciplines. Proposals will often fall between two stools. Substantial evidence for this happening in national programs. Research teams likely to form around core values of the independent disciplines and not their synthesis. Project teams that pass the assessments likely to become less interdisciplinary and more focused on the independent criteria of the disciplines. Cultural Heritage as a sector likely to suffer more than most in this respect since it shares less of its traditional values and skill sets with IST than many other important usage bases (e.g. medicine, chemistry, biology).

9 9 Grand Challenges 1.To use technology to enhance preservation and scholarship in cultural heritage Accuracy and preservation v data volume Ontologies and searches (organising and representing knowledge) Digital preservation of CH 2.To bring history to life for the citizen Digital reconstruction Story telling Visitor experiences Internet applications Education and Tourism benefit

10 10 Epoch Domains of Activity Field recording and data capture Data organization and standards Reconstruction and visualization Heritage education and communication Sustainability of heritage projects in order to produce A joint research infrastructure A complete toolkit to create ICT applications for CH A training framework

11 11 The pipeline The key concept is the pipeline: An integrated system of CH research and dissemination using ICT Produce valuable cultural communication by processing data with ICT Acquisition Documentation Processing Archiving Management Curatorship Preservation Image proc. Enhancing Reconstruct. Story-telling Communication INFORMATION

12 12 Activities WP1=Management WP1 = coordination is provided by the University of Brighton Four core partners Task forces working on activities Stakeholders input and feedback Review college formed by experts Open, cross-culture community with permeable borders Executive Committee Brighton PIN, Ename, KU-Leuven Board of Directors 18 members representing expertise, constituencies, etc. General Assembly 85 partners + affiliates

13 13 Activities WP2=Integration Co-ordinate partners work Collect stakeholders needs and feedback Watch the technology market and assess the potential impact of forthcoming ones Undertake the implementation of showcases ENAME Images from EPOCHs showcases 1 and 2

14 14 Activities WP3=Joint research Define and create the common infrastructure Lead research activity on missing rings in the production chain Integrate existing components with new, targeted tools KU-Leuven Images from EPOCH showcases 3 and 4

15 15 Activities WP4=Spreading excellence Manage a one-stop portal for ICT applications to CH Foster standardization Publish authoritative reports Ensure mobility and training framework Organize events & dissemination PIN Images from EPOCH showcases 7 and 8

16 16 Activities in 2004 Establish the network, setup the infrastructure and provide services Create a website offering various services Produce showcases using existing technology Start dissemination Produce reports Brokerage Stakeholder needs Training needs and offer VAST2004 conference

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18 18 1.On Site Reconstruction Experience 2.Multimodal Interface Safe Presentation of Valuable Objects 3.Tools for Stratigraphic Data Recording 4.Multilingual Avatars 5.E-tourism through Cultural Routes 6.Avatar-based Interactive Storytelling 7.Archaeological Documentation for the Semantic Web 8.Image-based Modeling Showcases list

19 19 Dissemination report see next slide …

20 20 #NameDateKind of eventPlaceStateActivityEst. contactsFollow-up 1Euroindia /3/2004ExhibitionNew DelhiINStand + presentation 500+Contacts local researchers 2EVA Florence29/3/2004 – 2/4/2004 Scientific Conf.FirenzeITPresentation100+ 3Minerva meeting (within EVA Florence) 2/4/2004Minerva project meeting FirenzeITPresentation & activity organization 50CLUSTER initiative 4Presentation of CAA2004 6/4/2004Press Conference PratoITPresentation of the project Local pressQuotation on newspapers 5CAA /4/2004Scientific Conf.PratoITPresentation + Cocktail 400 6HEREIN meeting2-5/6/2004HEREIN meeting BerlinDEPresentation50Co-operation for SOTU report 7Presentation of VAST2004 June 2004Press Conference BruxellesBEPresentation of the project Local pressQuotation on newspapers 8Int. Conference on Museology 26-28/6/2004Scientific Conf.MytileneGRPresentation100 9EVA London26-30/7/2004Scientific Conf.LondonUKPresentation100 10EAA6-10/9/2004Scientific Conf.LyonFRStand + material + presentation 800+Cooperation for Training Report 11EAHTR9-10/9/2004Meeting of the Association NorwichUKStand + material + presentation 100Cooperation with city of Verona 12WTFC12/9/2004Meeting of the walled towns ChichesterUKPrinted material50Project proposals (INTERREG) Total First semester~1850 (15% est. duplication)

21 21 Training and Mobility Bursaries & mobility Training (interim): Assign money to prepare new courses Fund preparation – not teaching Support less-favoured areas Perform surveys and produce reports Training needs and offer in Europe State of the Union: policies, practices & research Organize/support/attend events Publications

22 22 Epoch Publications See next slides …

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27 27 Identify training needs Evaluate statistics Perform a survey Interview stakeholders Identify training offer Perform a survey Detail relevant courses Promote good practices Propose strategies & actions CHIRON EST MARIE-CURIE Project Training project on Cultural Heritage Informatics Training needs & offer

28 28 EPOCHs Activity (beyond project deliverables…) Europe-wide integration of teamsEurope-wide integration of teams Implementation of results (showcases)Implementation of results (showcases) Incubator of new projectsIncubator of new projects Stakeholders awareness and needsStakeholders awareness and needs Common standardsCommon standards Economic sustainability & management and decision toolsEconomic sustainability & management and decision tools Training frameworkTraining framework

29 29 Success stories 1 An UK team is collaborating with the University of Cape Town on a 3D scanning campaign on endangered rock carvings in South Africa. An Israeli researcher realized that problems are similar to those he is facing in the Negev desert and is going to apply similar methods. Judy Brown - Past President of ACM SIGGRAPH in front of the rock art Integration of teams and brokerage

30 30 Success stories 2 Implementation of results/showcases EPOCH showcases are quickly becoming a marketing tool for additional implementations. We have been spontaneously contacted by cultural institutions (towns, museums) to verify the feasibility of similar applications in their case. This witnesses the need of such work and the fair correspondence of our proposal to user needs. The nymphaeum at Sagalassos – EPOCHs showcase 1

31 31 Success stories 3 Incubator for new projects To develop specific issues, EPOCH is nursing spin- off targeted projects, involving institutions from inside and outside the Network: CHIRON, a successful Marie-Curie EST project CHIRON is due to start on next 1 December, joining 7 universities and research centres to provide a joint training framework for Early Stage Researchers on Cultural Heritage Informatics ITER, an INTERREG 3C project ITER, to be submitted in short, joins three EPOCH partners as technology providers; six cities (Verona and Firenze, IT; Piran, SI; Valletta, MT; Pécs, HU; Chester, UK) as content providers, and two European institutions (Marco Polo System EEIG and Institut Européen des Itinéraires Culturels). ITER aims at developing IT applications to military architecture and its exploitation for cultural tourism, together with guidelines for implementation/sustainability CHIMERA, a Marie-Curie RTN proposal The CHIRON logo

32 32 Success stories 4 Creating an interdisciplinary training framework Four courses with 100+ participants oBusteni, RO oSzazsalombatta, HU oYork, UK (2) 12 scholarships granted (7 women) in Eastern Europe Over 3000 person/h of training Manuals will be available in English and national languages (Hungarian, Romanian) The logo of the Busteni course

33 33 Interdisciplinarity or The Best of Both Worlds: The Grand Challenge for Cultural Heritage Informatics in the 21st Century The 5th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. - December 6, Tutorials and EPOCH meetings - December 7-10, The 5th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Incorporating: Second Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage (www.eg.org)www.eg.org EPOCH General Assembly EPOCH SME meeting Location Conscience-auditorium, Brussels and Ename Center, Oudenaarde - Belgium VAST 2004

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35 35 Acknowledgement EPOCH is funded by the European Commission under the Communitys Sixth Framework Programme, contract no However, this presentation reflects only the authors views and the European Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein. For further informations please contact us at the EPOCHs info mail address:


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