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Annual meeting

Centre for Digital Heritage meeting 2017

15 June 2017 - 17 June 2017
Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Leiden, The Netherlands, 15-16 June 2017

The Digital Archaeology Research Group and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University will jointly host the 2017 annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage (CDH).

The theme of the CDH 2017 meeting will be ‘Heritage under Threat’.

Armed conflicts are currently threatening heritage at scales that seemed inconceivable only a few years ago. Tangible heritage such as landscapes, sites, monuments and artefacts and intangible heritage such as knowledge, languages and traditions are likewise affected. Apart from such obvious threats in conflict zones, heritage elsewhere is often threatened by neglect, decay, or a lack of stakeholder involvement, education, or technical and financial means.

Digital technologies provide manifold means for heritage recording, monitoring, analysis and visualisation, as well as for dissemination, education and community involvement. The 2017 annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage will explore these means and their applications to heritage under threat, taking into account that digital data and tools themselves may become part of our (endangered) heritage.

The preliminary programme comprises the following oral sessions:

  • 15 June 2017: Heritage in Conflict Areas
    • Session 1: 3D Recording and Modelling of Heritage
      • This session invites contributions on the digital 3D recording, modelling and reconstruction of artefacts, monuments, sites and landscapes, with a special focus on endangered and lost heritage.
    • Session 2: Monitoring Heritage Sites and Monuments
      • This session invites contributions on the monitoring of heritage sites and landscapes, e.g. through remote sensing and other means, especially in conflict areas.
  • 16 June 2017: (Digital) Preservation of (Digital) Heritage
    • Session 3: Making Heritage Data FAIR
      • This session invites contributions on digital archives and data management in the heritage field, with a special focus on the application of the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable).
    • Session 4: Heritage as Games – Games as Heritage
      • This session invites contributions on virtual worlds and games related to heritage, taking into account that games can be considered part of our (endangered) digital heritage as well.

Furthermore there will be a poster session on the general theme of the conference, Heritage under Threat (session 5), in which all contributions related to that theme are welcome.

As part of the conference, Dr. Sada Mire (Leiden Unversity) will give a keynote lecture on her new MOOC Heritage under Threat. A welcome reception and a social dinner will complete the programme.

Other keynote speakers are:

  • Session 1: Erica Nocerino - Heritage under threat: fast 3D scanning with portable mobile mapping systems
  • Session 2: Francesca Cigna - Very high resolution space radar: a new technology to measure looting and damage in UNESCO monuments and archaeological sites
  • Session 3: Hella Hollander - Everybody wants to play FAIR, but how do we put the principles into practice?
  • Session 4: to be announced

The list of accepted papers includes the following contributions.



Aguilar, J. & A. Geurds

The Archaeological Museum Gregorio Aguilar Barea meets the Unreal Engine: A Virtual Reality experience from Nicaragua

Beale, G. et al.

Discovering England's Burial Spaces: A community led documentation project

Chitty, G. et al.

A new methodology for monitoring flood damage. A case study of York historic building

Chyla, J.M.

How can we measure the threat of archaeological sites in Upper Egypt?

Costa-Garcia, J.M. et al.

Archaeological remote sensing for risk monitoring of Roman military sites in Northwest Iberia

Durovka, M.

Digitalization of architectural heritage: recording, processing, archiving

Giuseppantonio di Franco, P. di

Replicating lost heritage: 3D digital reconstructions, social recovery, and the sense of place

Huvila, I.

Being FAIR when archaeological information is MEAN: Miscellaneous, Exceptional, Arbitrary, Nonconformist

Jakobsson, U.

Swedish National Data Service (SND); the Findability principle of FAIR

Kozicz, G.

Documenting Himalayan Landscapes: Material Art and Its Meta-Networks

Lindenbergh, R.

3D monitoring for assessing structural threats to cultural heritage

Mol, A.A.A. et al.

Wonders of Civilization: Heritage Preservation and Presentation in Sid Meier’s Civilization Series

Nieuwenhuijse, O. et al.

Pilot project Scanning for Syria

Olmos Benlloch, P.

Monitoring heritage at risk through community archaeology

Schaefe, F. et al.

The Syrian Heritage Archive Project forever? Challenges and solutions for archiving and disseminating an online-project at IANUS

Schiavottiello, N.

Persistent game worlds as a sustainable tool for the interpretation of endangered and lost tangible Heritage

Stöger, J.J. et al.

An embarrassment of riches?

Vafadari, A. et al.

Recording and Monitoring of Cultural Heritage Places in Syria

Wilson, A.S. et al.

Curious Travellers – developing web scraping tools and social media APIs for 3D visualisation of heritage under threat

Venue: Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, Van Steenis building, Einsteinweg 2, 2333 CC Leiden, Netherlands.

Important dates:

15 April 2017

End of early bird registration

10 June 2017

Registration closes

15-16 June 2017

Annual meeting

Conference fees:


Early bird (15 March to 14 April 2017)

Regular (from 15 April to 10 June 2017)

Members of the LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development



Students (incl. PhD students)

30 EUR

40 EUR

Standard fee for all others

60 EUR

80 EUR

Social dinner (optional)

30 EUR

30 EUR

Conference attendance requires prior registration. Students and PhD students will be requested to provide proof of their status at the registration desk. Members of the LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development are requested to register from a university account.

For registration, go to the Paylogic form.

For further information, contact cdh2017@arch.leidenuniv.nl.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Leiden!

About the Centre for Digital Heritage

The Centre for Digital Heritage is an international research centre that brings together researchers from the Universities of Aarhus (Denmark), Leiden (Netherlands), Lund (Sweden), Uppsala (Sweden). The next annual meeting will be hosted in Leiden at the Faculty of Archaeology (Van Steenis building), in collaboration with the Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Leiden Center for Data Science. It will cover a range of topics within the broad field of Digital Heritage, including data management, analysis, visualisation and public outreach.

Centre for Digital Heritage