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Annual meeting

Centre for Digital Heritage meeting 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017 - Friday 16 June 2017
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

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.

Program outline

Venue: Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Welcome reception at restaurant BurgerZaken

Breestraat 123, Leiden

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Registration starts


(after 11: close to the Central Hall)

9:40 – 10:00


Central hall

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote speech by Sada Mire (Leiden University)

Heritage under Threat: Global Challenges and Digital Possibilities

Central hall

10:45 – 11:00



11:00 – 16:00

Session 1 “3D Recording and Modelling of Heritage”

chaired by Roderik Lindenberg and Ben Gorte (TU Delft)

Central hall

11:00 – 11:35

Keynote lecture by Erica Nocerino (Bruno Kessler Foundation - FBK Trento)

Heritage under threat: fast 3D scanning with portable mobile mapping systems


11:35 – 12:00

A. S. Wilson, V. Gaffney, E. Ch’ng, C. Gaffney, T. Sparrow, A. Murgatroyd, Y. Luo, E. Faber, R. Bates, R. Cuttler and G. Sears, Curious Travellers – developing web scraping tools and social media APIs for 3D visualisation of heritage under threat


12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 13:25

H. Stoeger, M. Locicero and A. Jansen, An embarrassment of riches?


13:25 – 13:50

R. Lindenbergh, 3D monitoring for assessing structural threats to cultural heritage


13:50 – 14:15

P. Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, Replicating lost heritage: 3D digital reconstructions, social recovery, and the sense of place


14:15 – 14:45



14:45 – 15:10

O. Nieuwenhuijse, D. Ngan-Tillard and J. Verlinden, Pilot project Scanning for Syria


15:10 – 15:35

M. Durovka, Digitalization of architectural heritage: recording, processing, archiving


15:35 – 16:00

G. Kozicz, Documenting Himalayan Landscapes: Material Art and Its Meta-Networks


16:00 – 17:00

Poster session

  • J.-B. Barreau, E. Lanoë and R. Gaugne, 3D reconstruction of the fortified entrance of the Citadel of Aleppo from a few sightseeing photos
  • A. Al Khabour, Ancient Mesopotamian Heritage in the Event of Armed Conflict, documentation, assessment and solution
  • D. Tapete and F. Cigna, Damage assessment of Syrian heritage with TerraSAR-X radar images
  • K. Green and J. Richards, FAIR RE-USE: Furthering data re-use at the Archaeology Data Service

Opening photo exhibition “Heritage on the Move”






Social dinner at Stadscafe van der Werff

Steenstraat 2, Leiden


Friday, 16 June 2017


Registration starts

Close to the Central Hall

9:15 – 12:00

Session 2 “Monitoring Heritage Sites and Monuments”

chaired by Karsten Lambers (Leiden University)

Central hall

9:15 – 09:50

Keynote lecture by Francesca Cigna (Italian Space Agency)

Very high resolution space radar: a new technology to measure looting and damage in UNESCO monuments and archaeological sites


09:50– 10:15

A. Vafadari, G. Philip and R. Jennings, Recording and Monitoring of Cultural Heritage Places in Syria


10:15– 10:40

J. M. Chyla, How can we measure the threat of archaeological sites in Upper Egypt?


10:40 – 11:10



11:10 – 11:35

J. M. Costa-García, J. Fonte, D. González Álvarez and R. Blanco-Rotea, Archaeological remote sensing for risk monitoring of Roman military sites in Northwest Iberia


11:35 – 12:00

P. Olmos Benlloch, Monitoring heritage at risk through community archaeology


12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 14:50

Session 3 “Making Heritage Data FAIR”

chaired by Julian Richards and Gareth Beale (University of York)

Central hall

13:00 – 13:35

Keynote lecture by Hella Hollander (DANS-KNAW)

Everybody wants to play FAIR, but how do we put the principles into practice?


13:35 – 14:00

U. Jakobsson, Swedish National Data Service (SND); the Findability principle of FAIR


14:00 – 14:25

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


14:25 – 14:50

G. Beale, N. Beale and J. Richards, Discovering England's Burial Spaces: A community led documentation project


14:50 – 15:15



15:15 – 17:30

Session 4 “Heritage as Games – Games as Heritage”

chaired by Aris Politopoulos (Leiden University)and Angus Mol (VALUE foundation / Prince Claus Fund)

Central hall

15:15 – 15:50

Keynote lecture by Colleen Morgan (University of York)

Threatened Virtual Worlds: The Life and Death of Çatalhöyük in Second Life


15:50 – 16:15

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


16:15 – 16:40

J. Aguilar and A. Geurds, The Archaeological Museum Gregorio Aguilar Barea meets the Unreal Engine: A Virtual Reality experience from Nicaragua


16:40 – 17:05

A. Mol, C. E. Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke, K. H.J. Boom and A. Politopoulos, Wonders of Civilization: Heritage Preservation and Presentation in Sid Meier’s Civilization Series


17:05 – 17:15

Concluding remarks





Important dates:

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 Centre 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 Centre for Global Heritage and Development are requested to register from a university account.

For registration, go to the Paylogic form.

Accommodation options

Based on availability, the Tulip Inn Leiden Centre offers rooms at a discounted price for the conference participants. Please fill out this form and send it by email to reservations@goldentulipleidencentre.nl.

Additionally, the Tourist Information Centre provides help with finding accommodation in Leiden.

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

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Leiden!

Centre for Digital Heritage

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