[Link to announcement on the AIUCD web site: http://www.umanisticadigitale.it/digital-humanities-e-beni-culturali-quale-relazione-quarto-convegno-annuale-dellaiucd/]
Digital humanities and cultural heritage: what relationship?
Fourth AIUCD annual conference
17–19 December 2015
Campus Einaudi – Lungo Dora Siena 100 – 10153 Torino
The AIUCD 2015 conference is dedicated to investigate the relationship between the Digital Humanities and the broad field of Cultural Heritage, a line of research that is open since the inception of the former.
On the one hand, the Cultural Heritage domain has been using digital tools, processes and methodologies for quite a long time, but their use does not imply a recognition of their role as scientifically qualifying.
On the other hand, galleries, libraries, archives and museums preserve and provide access to a wealth of content that is the object of much research carried out as part of the Digital Humanities.
It is therefore interesting to see if Digital Humanities tools and methods have led and will lead to a redefinition of theoretical, methodological and technical processes, up to an actual re-conceptualization of knowledge in the Cultural Heritage field.
At least two issues indicate the existence of a connection: the theoretical reflection on the management of information and data that texts hold, which has been carried out as part of the management of libraries, has important consequences for the whole wide area of the Digital Humanities; in the context of research funding, the increasing demand to describe what will be the public impact of planned research identifies in a “relationship with society” topic a significant element wide spread in the Cultural Heritage area. Furthermore, if on the one hand the world of Cultural Heritage has started their own reflection that also touches the Digital Humanities, on the other hand the Digital Humanities are urged to communicate beyond the inner, often self-referential, circle of Academia, and to do this they are inspired by the methods of communication and dissemination of knowledge that belong to the Cultural Heritage world. In conclusion, a meeting of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage is already under way, it is necessary to act and facilitate a cooperation that results in being as effective as possible for both fields.
As a sign of openness and willingness to cooperate with the Cultural Heritage world, conference organization is entrusted to the Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per la digitalizzazione e la realizzazione di Biblioteche Digitali Umanistiche – MEDIHUM Memoria Digitalis Humanistica (Università di Torino).
We are therefore soliciting papers in particular on – but not limited to – the following topics:
– Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage: integration, separation, independence?
– what relationship among Museums, Libraries, Archives and Digital Humanities?
– how do Digital Humanities fit in Museums, Archives and Galleries?
visualization, imaging, graphic representations, immersive environments in the Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage areas;
– which impact on society for research projects’ output in the Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage areas?
– Public History: Museums, Libraries and Archives today are privileged mediators between the public and its past, DH methodologies however require new figures, aware of the issues and opportunities offered by the digital world;
– which forms may the collaboration between cultural institutions and digital humanists take in digitization projects, text encoding, critical edition, digital curation?
– experiences of projects using principles and methods of the semantic web, and Linked Open Data research.
The contributions, to be submitted as a 500 words maximum abstract in PDF format, must be loaded through the EasyChair platform at the URL: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aiucd2015.
The deadline for submission of abstracts to the Programme Committee is scheduled for midnight of August 31st, 2015. All abstracts will be subject to evaluation by the AIUCD conference Programme Committee. Information with regard to the acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to the authors by 30th September 2015.
Further information on the conference, on the composition of the Programme Committee and on how to register will be made available on the conference web site at the URL:http://www.aiucd2015.unito.it/ (the web site may not be online yet at the moment of publishing this announcement).