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Tuesday 7 June 2022
10:00 – 11:00 NY / 16:00 – 17:00 Paris
Session Chair: Fenella France, Library of Congress (US)
10:00 (NY) / 16:00 (Paris)

Computational Museology: Interfaces to Cultural (big) Data,
Sarah Kenderdine, EPFL (Switzerland) Speaker Bio

Computational museology is a scaffold that unites machine intelligence with data curation, ontology with visualization, and communities of publics and practitioners with embodied participation through immersive interactive interfaces. Research into computational museology at the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), EPFL reaches beyond object-oriented curation to blend experimental curatorship with contemporary aesthetics, digital humanism, and emerging technologies. This lecture explores key themes in a repertoire that manifests in an applied exhibition practice including: interactive archives and emergent narrative; deep mapping and carto-criticism; deep fakes and blockchain sovereignties; embodied knowledge systems and motion as meaning.

11:00 – 11:30 NY / 17:00 – 17:30 Paris
Welcome Reception
Join other attendees in the Archiving 2022 Gather.town for some special conversations.
11:30 – 12:35 NY / 17:30 – 18:35 Paris
Session Chair: Leah Jones, National Museum of African American History and Culture (US)
11:35 (NY) / 17:35 (Paris)

This paper presents an imaging system that reads texts from books that open less than 30 degrees (due to their fragile bindings) and whose paper quality is degraded. In particular, the system operates on the Scheimpflug principle to correct the geometric distortion necessarily introduced when imaging barely open books. We introduce the guiding principles behind such a system, discuss how it is calibrated and set up, present the results of imaging two dime novels from early twentieth century, both with fragile bindings, and discuss lessons we learned.

11:55 (NY) / 17:55 (Paris)

Embroidered bindings are books covered in a textile which was embellished before it was applied as a covering material. The covers of embroidered bindings are complex, 2.5-dimensional structures. They may involve many different types of textures and materials. When these items are digitized for educational use, conventional 2D capture techniques do not convey their dimensionality. However, a solution to this is the use of 3-dimensional rendering software to produce a 2.5-dimensional rendering of their surfaces. This research investigates the practical comparison of free rendering software to produce 2.5-dimensional models of embroidered binding covers. The images are captured using a smartphone and the workflows and outcomes of the rendering software are compared to provide a practical comparison guide.

12:15 (NY) / 18:15 (Paris)

The goal of digitization is typically to create digital assets which represent the physical object as a means of digital preservation or access. On occasion, projects require bringing those digital images back into the physical world in the form of a facsimile. While reproducing objects for display and/or use is a common and well-established practice, there are unique cases that require innovative applications of existing tools and methods. Working closely with NEDCC's book conservation lab, we imaged eight ledger books and then printed two copies of each to be rebound into near-identical, usable copies. Using this project as a case study, we will share some of the successes and hurdles we encountered while working through this large volume of material, with particular attention to deviations in image capture and processing workflows when producing bound facsimiles.

12:35 – 13:00 NY / 18:35 – 19:00 Paris
Break / Posters on View
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13:00 – 14:00 NY / 19:00 – 20:00 Paris
Session Chair: Bethany Scott, University of Houston Libraries (US)
13:05 (NY) / 19:05 (Paris)

The problems and issues which can affect color film restoration may involve all the steps of the cinematographic and photographic restoration workflow, from the digitization to the final quality assessment. In this paper, I aim at providing an overview of the main problems which can occur throughout a digital restoration, with particular focus on glare effect, and at offering some novel solutions.

13:10 (NY) / 19:10 (Paris)

Historical archival records present many challenges for OCR systems to correctly encode their content, due to visual complexity, e.g. mixed printed text and handwritten annotations, paper degradation, and faded ink. This paper addresses the problem of automatic identification and separation of handwritten and printed text in historical archival documents, including the creation of an artificial pixel-level annotated dataset and the presentation of a new FCN-based model trained on historical data. Initial test results indicate 18% IoU performance improvement on recognition of printed pixels and 10% IoU performance improvement on recognition of handwritten pixels in synthesised data when compared to the state-of-the-art trained on modern documents. Furthermore, an extrinsic OCR-based evaluation on the printed layer extracted from real historical documents shows 26% performance increase.

13:15 (NY) / 19:15 (Paris)

Over the last decade, medium format imaging solutions have made instantaneous capture of large 2D objects possible, dramatically increasing the throughput and image quality of digitization in cultural heritage applications. Despite this, the process of digitizing oversized objects, such as original artwork and scroll manuscripts is substantially more complicated; little research has been conducted on the efficacy of using such medium format solutions for this purpose. In this study, a workflow for digitizing a collection of oversized artwork according to the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) guidelines was developed. Successful development of this process demonstrates the potential this process and others like it have to expand the applications of cultural heritage digitization solutions.

13:35 (NY) / 19:35 (Paris)

E-justice is an electronic records management system aimed at enhancing the availability of electronical court records to support the discharge of justice. Urgent need to assess the relevance of the system was required as statistical information from 2019, indicated that approximately 25440 high court cases could not be finalised between 2015 and 2019 due to a lack of access to reliable court records. This created perpetual embarrassment as suspects who are innocent until proven guilty, remain imprisoned. Towards exploring the enhancement of an e-justice system to expand access to records in the judiciary, the study adopted a qualitative approach in which data was collected through interviews and observation. Twelve participants were interviewed, and numerous high court offices visited, to assess the extent to which improvements to an e-justice system is required. Findings revealed that a lack of specific policies and procedures to govern the management of records impacted negatively on the access to court records. In addition, financial limitations, old ICT infrastructure, and poor human resource skill further exacerbate the problem. The solution towards the problem is based on the development and implementation of an e-justice framework where records are captured, categorised, and made accessible to high courts through advanced information and communication infrastructures. Towards this end, it is recommended that the Namibian Judiciary embark on a change management process where updated ICT infrastructure support records management life cycle functions and where all members of the judiciary are well versed in the use of an e-justice system.

13:55 – 14:05 NY / 19:55 – 20:05 Paris
Closing Remarks
14:15 – 15:15 NY / 20:15 – 21:15 Paris

HILA Digital Imaging Lab, Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University
CCP Digital Imaging Lab: Frozen negatives and the implementation of programmatic digitization, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

Wednesday 8 June 2022
10:00 – 11:15 NY / 16:00 – 17:15 Paris

Beyond 3D geometry and color: Reproducing surface-light interaction, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, Cultural Heritage Digitization

Imaging Edvard Munch's "The Sick Child", Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
11:30 – 12:25 NY / 17:30 – 18:25 Paris
Session Chair: Robert Kastler, Museum of Modern Art (US)
11:35 (NY) / 17:35 (Paris)

This research focuses on the benefits of computer vision enhancement through use of an image pre-processing optimization algorithm in which numerous variations of prevalent image modification tools are applied independently and in combination to specific sets of images. The class with the highest returned precision score is then assigned to the feature, often improving upon both the number of features captured and the precision values. Various transformations such as embossing, sharpening, contrast adjustment, etc. can bring to the forefront and reveal feature edge lines previously not capturable by neural networks, allowing potential increases in overall system accuracy beyond typical manual image pre-processing. Similar to how neural networks determine accuracy among numerous feature characteristics, the enhanced neural network will determine the highest classification confidence among unaltered original images and their permutations run through numerous pre-processing and enhancement techniques.

11:55 (NY) / 17:55 (Paris)

Character recognition is widely considered an essential factor in preserving and digitizing historical handwritten documents. While it has shown a significant impact, the character recognition of historical handwritten documents is still a challenging task. This work aims to present a study on building a character recognition system for a handwritten ancient Hebrew text utilizing convolutional neural networks, dealing with material degradation, script complexity, and varied handwriting style. Our research underlined the importance of creating a ground-truth dataset for a robust and reliable character recognition system. Moreover, this study compares the performance of four convolutional neural network models applied to our dataset.

12:15 (NY) / 18:15 (Paris)

Physical collections are subject to deterioration over time and the meta-data information that accompanies them is time-consuming and labor-intensive to generate, often involving the individual knowledge of one person. And yet, if this information is not extracted, cataloged, and linked to the image, this valuable context can be lost to sheer volume and amount of time–obscured by the scale of images one might have to look through manually to find given content. Through the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Transitions’ service bureau division has been able to capture descriptive metadata information from digital images, creating a comprehensive and enhanced historical record. By partnering with The HistoryMakers to digitize and analyze the personal collections of their HistoryMakers, creating Optical Character Recognition (OCR) transcription records and providing object and notable person recognition through the use of AI, Digital Transitions has been able to assist in the telling of these seminal stories by providing enhanced digital assets and metadata that promote accessibility, prompt research, and provide valuable visual context.

12:20 (NY) / 18:20 (Paris)

The main purpose of software testing is to identify what the software does and whether it matches its functional expectations. Applying a test plan allows one to prevent problems in early stages, identifying and addressing solutions before a project goes into production. Test cases play an important role during the software testing phase. A test case is a document with comprehensive details and sequences of actions to guide the software tester through the steps that need to be taken and the outputs that are expected.

The proposed system generates test cases based on scraped data that are used to interact with Natural Language Processing (NLP) approaches to generate functional test cases. A project management software (e.g., JIRA) is integrated with the JIRA python library to manage the test cases by the software tester.

12:25 – 12:55 NY / 18:25 – 18:55 Paris
Break / POSTERS ON VIEW
12:55 – 13:50 NY / 18:55 – 19:50 Paris
Session Chair: Olivia Kuzio, Rochester Institute of Technology (US)
13:00 (NY) / 19:00 (Paris)

Spectral datasets, and subsequent colorimetric and image data, have a variety of uses in cultural heritage imaging including sensor design, lighting design, synthetic target generation, spectral accuracy assessment of multispectral and hyperspectral cameras, color accuracy assessment of digital cameras, and encoding errors. Spectral data for 58 Golden Artist Colors Heavy Body Acrylics were used to calculate the spectra of 831 varnished tints, tones, and masstones, based on the two-constant opaque form of Kubelka Munk turbid-media theory. The data were used to calculate a synthetic target that was used to quantify encoding errors using AdobeRGB (1998), commonly used in cultural heritage imaging, and sRGB, commonly used in documents and consumer imaging. 22% and 31% of the target colors were out of gamut, respectively. Principal component analysis was performed and the first three eigenvectors used to extract spectra similar to cyan, magenta, and yellow. These PCA-based primaries poorly approximated the 58 pigments.

13:30 (NY) / 19:30 (Paris)

This paper presents a new design, calibration procedures, and an optimized capturing strategy, of a 3D imaging system for capturing very large paintings. It describes relevant design requirements and constraints, various (improved) calibration steps, and additional capturing automation, aimed at optimally and efficiently capturing the characteristic topographical features, such as impasto and craquelure, of (17th century, Dutch) paintings. The 3D imaging system was used to capture Rembrandt van Rijn's 'The Night Watch' (1642), a painting with a surface area of more than 17m2. We highlight some preliminary result of this scanning campaign and possible applications such as painting documentation, condition analysis, and visualization.

13:50 – 14:00 NY / 19:50 – 20:00 Paris
Stretch Break
Join other attendees in the Archiving 2022 Gather.town.
14:00 – 15:00 NY / 20:00 – 21:00 Paris
Session Chair: Fenella France, Library of Congress (US)
14:00 (NY) / 20:00 (Paris)

digitalpasifik.org – Reflections on Designing and Delivering a Bridge Between Worlds,
Tim Kong, National Library (New Zealand) Speaker Bio

The Pacific Virtual Museum (PVM) project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Australia, and implemented by the National Library of New Zealand in collaboration with the National Library of Australia, but with a deliberate focus on making an impact across the Pacific region.

The project aims to make visible and accessible the digitized cultural heritage of the people in and of the Pacific. To achieve this, we have designed a site that serves as a both a bridge and a mirror between the worlds of Pacific people and the worlds of cultural heritage institutions.

To deliver on these aims, a co-design group from across the Pacific has worked in a way that honors Pacific relationships, realities, and timescales. The project has delivered an interface that leverages and presents metadata only, on a site designed to work usefully across the Pacific, on low bandwidth networks and mobile devices first.

This talk reflects on some challenges and opportunities that the project faced and what these might mean for cultural institutions in the Pacific and around the world, when they are designing digital experiences to honor those in the Pacific seeking to access their cultural heritage.

Thursday 9 June 2022
10:00 – 10:50 NY / 16:00 – 16:50 Paris
Session Chair: Giorgio Trumpy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
10:05 (NY) / 16:05 (Paris)

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is widely used in art conservation, archaeology, epigraphy and other cultural heritage and natural science contexts to reveal fine surface details that are difficult to see with the naked eye. The Visual Computing Lab (VCL) of CNR-ISTI and Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) are collaborating to provide the next generation of RTI tools. The VCL is building new, open source software that updates the existing RTI software, improves the accuracy of results, and adds support for new web based presentation. CHI will provide testing, user forums, and instructional materials to support widespread adoption of these new tools. This presentation will show the latest versions of the tools, and present a roadmap for ongoing RTI and Multilight tool development.

10:25 (NY) / 16:25 (Paris)

We present a prototype of a 3D model viewer for cultural heritage built in Unity 3D. The Unity engine allows for the use of custom shaders that can increase realism and provide a uniquely immersive experience with cultural heritage artifacts. Examples of custom shaders that this architecture supports include image-based specular reflections and polynomial texture mapping (PTM) for translucent materials. Furthermore, the software can be built and deployed as a stand-alone WebGL application viewable in the browser without relying on third-party content delivery services. The code for this project is open source and available on GitHub.

10:45 (NY) / 16:45 (Paris)

Reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) is a widespread technique for studying and documenting cultural heritage artifacts encompassing textural information. The principle is capturing an object from a static camera position by changing the direction of the incident light in each image. The coupling of this approach with multispectral imaging (Multispectral RTI) has shown promising results in the recent years. Considering this approach, we propose an expanded framework for the investigation and documentation of the visual appearance of surfaces, targeted to cultural heritage artifacts. In this work, we study the integrated representation of the angular and spectral components of reflectance, as well as the contributions of exploration by independent wavelengths

10:50 – 11:15 NY / 16:50 – 17:15 Paris
Break / POSTERS ON VIEW
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11:15 – 12:25 NY / 17:15 – 18:25 Paris
Session Chair: Rita Hofmann-Sievert,Applied University of Bern (Switzerland)
11:20 (NY) / 17:20 (Paris)

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives (HILA) has implemented Smartsheet, a cloud-based project management tool, to manage tasks and cross-team handoffs for its new mass digitization program. By combining task-specific tools such as Capture One and LIMB Processing with the administrative flexibility of Smartsheet, HILA has succeeded in leveraging commercial project management functionality for cultural heritage purpos-es, resulting in improvements to our program’s efficiency, flexibility, and reporting capabilities.

11:40 (NY) / 17:40 (Paris)

This article aims to present the experience gained during the development and implementation of a digitization system for cultural heritage collections using a cell phone. This project was developed in four stages: search and creation of the system, training of professionals assigned to operate the equipment, writing the guidelines that summarize the knowledge obtained and, finally, monitoring the results and disseminating the digital surrogates via Wikimedia.

The digital team of the Moreira Salles Institute developed this project in partnership with Institute Goethe and Wiki Movimento Brasil between October 2021 and February 2022. The main goal is based on the understanding that different digitization methods can meet different needs and resources that are available for cultural heritage institutions, and the goal of democratizing knowledge and contributing to public access to collections of fundamental importance for Brazilian history.

12:00 (NY) / 18:00 (Paris)

The main required parameter of digital restoration is to preserve the original appearance of the restored film as it was presented at its première screening. However, there are two different approaches in looking at the nature of cinematic arts which in turn influence the preference of the master sources. The first one views the film as a preserved analogue archival material while the other views it as a live performance. The main premise of Method of Digital restored Autorizate (DRA) is to work with image scans taken at the highest resolution using the original film negatives, and to try to recreate the original appearance of the film performance through subsequent digital restoration. In contrast, there is a method recommended by FIAF to work preferentially with second-generation scans of positive copies of films and to maintain the appearance of preserved archival material. This paper analytically compares the results of both methods and draws attention to a very important parameter – the structure of the film image. It advocates the perception of film grain as one of the basic building blocks of film image formation. The result of the practical comparison is presented.

12:20 (NY) / 18:20 (Paris)

HMML (The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library) digitized and hosted online a recently donated collection of Orthodox 19th Century religious icons. With R.B. Toth Associates they also conducted collaborative testing of multispectral imaging on these unique HMML collection objects. A joint team digitized all the icons in conjunction with multispectral imaging of a select few icons to analyze the dyes, paints, and other materials. The goal of this testing helped determine the feasibility of using multispectral imaging as an art history research tool. The image data enabled digital cataloguing of the collection, which proved indispensable during COVID on-site access restrictions. Digitization and advanced imaging with standardized digitization and data management practices is providing new insights into these unique historic works that are applicable to other icon collections, as well as potentially other artwork on wood and solid substrates.

12:25 – 13:25 NY / 18:25 – 19:25 Paris
Join the Interactive Paper authors in the Archiving 2022 Gather.town to discuss their work in real time. PDFs of posters are also available via the Technical Session Library within the Archiving Conference Portal.

13:25 – 14:20 NY / 19:25– 20:20 Paris
Session Chair: Carla Schroer, Cultural Heritage Imaging (US)
13:30 (NY) / 19:30 (Paris)

While a familiar term in fields like social science research and digital cultural heritage, 'paradata' has not yet been introduced conceptually into the archival realm. In response to an increasing number of experiments with machine learning and artificial intelligence, the InterPARES Trust AI research group proposes the definition of paradata as 'information about the procedure(s) and tools used to create and process information resources, along with information about the persons carrying out those procedures.' The utilization of this concept in archives can help to ensure that AI-driven systems are designed from the outset to honor the archival ethic, and to aid in the evaluation of off-the-shelf automation solutions. An evaluation of current AI experiments in archives highlights opportunities for paradata-conscious practice

14:00 (NY) / 20:00(Paris)

The National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (Library of Congress) presented at Archiving 2018 in Washington D.C. describing the failed state of braille digitization technology. This presentation documents the work done to date re-inventing braille digitization using an entirely new approach.

14:20 (NY) / 20:20 (Paris)
Closing Remarks
14:30 – 15:30 NY / 20:30 – 21:30 Paris

Imaging Department, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Friday 10 June 2022
10:00 – 11:00 NY / 16:00 – 17:00 Paris
Session Chair: Fenella France, Library of Congress (US)
10:00 (NY) / 16:00 (Paris)

Reading Books through a Biomolecular Lens: Revealing the Hidden Microbial Life of Written Cultural Heritage Objects,
Cecilia G. Flocco, Leibniz Institute DSMZ (Germany) Speaker Bio


© C. Flocco | DSMZ

Microbes in written cultural heritage collections are prevailingly understood as culprits of the deterioration of the objects and as infection agents, representing a health hazard. The Mikrobib research consortium—a team of scholars and scientists from the fields of cultural heritage studies, philosophy, and microbiology—gathered to exchange disciplinary knowledge and methods to interrogate written heritage objects in novel ways.

Through the exploration with microbiological and biomolecular methods, the book is perceived as a habitat and archive of unexplored biodiversity and the microbes it hosts, collectively called microbiome, as biological probes reporting about the object's materiality and past events. The interdisciplinary approach challenges the cultural heritage conservation paradigm, which situates the microbe as the enemy of collections, by highlighting the microbiome's biographical and biological value and proposing it as part of the written cultural heritage objects.

11:00 – 11:30 NY / 17:00 – 17:30 Paris
Break / Posters on View
Join other attendees in the Archiving 2022 Gather.town.
11:30 – 12:55 NY / 17:30 – 18:55 Paris
Session Chair:  Jon Yngve Hardeberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
11:35 (NY) / 17:35 (Paris)

Drawing materials, such as soft graphite or charcoal applied on paper, may be prone to smearing during transport and handling. To mitigate this effect, it was common practice among 19th century artists to apply a fixative on drawings made in friable media. In many cases, the fixative has been imperative in preserving the drawings, although it may also have altered the appearance of the paper and/or the media. It is rarely possible to identify the type of fixative used, without using analytical techniques that require sample taking. As the fixative layer is very thin, any sample will often also contain small fragments of the paper. In this article, we are proposing a non-invasive approach for recognizing fixatives based on their spectral signatures in the visible and near-infrared range, collected with a hyperspectral imaging device. Our approach is tested on mock-up samples designed to contain fixatives of animal and vegetal origin, and on two drawings by the Norwegian artist, Thomas Fearnley.

11:55 (NY) / 17:55 (Paris)

A software application for colorimetric and spectral processing of six-channel spectral images has recently been developed. The application, called Beyond RGB, takes as input two RAW RGB image sets (object/flatfield/dark current) captured under two different lighting or filtering conditions, and outputs 1.) a color managed RGB image with ancillary information about the accuracy of the color calibration and 2.) a spectral reflectance transform that enables the interactive estimation of reflectance curves from user-selected regions of interest in the image. Beyond RGB was designed with considerations for form, function, and user friendliness, and is intended for use by cultural heritage imaging professionals. It is cross-platform compatible and is operated through an interactive graphical user interface. Beyond RGB is a living, updatable, open-source project, and is freely available for download from the project's public GitHub repository.

12:15 (NY) / 18:15 (Paris)

The negative-positive chromogenic process, despite being an important milestone in the evolution of color motion picture film technology, exhibits significant fading of its image dyes, leading to the loss of chromatic integrity. A complete spectral approach for the digital restoration of chromogenic film is proposed. A material-based image processing method allows to extract the residual color information associated with the analytical densities, selectively enhance the faded dyes, and finally recreate the original aesthetics by associating the spectral properties of the film stock.

12:35 (NY) / 18:35 (Paris)

An imaging process is described which captures spectral reflectance for reflective media. The ultimate target media are prints and photographs within the collection of the Library of Congress. The system is based on a fifteen channel LED source and a monochrome camera. The LED source sequentially illuminated reference and verification targets, with an image captured for each LED channel. From the measured data and images of reference targets, a model was developed to predict spectral reflectance. With that model, the 15 images of a test sample were combined to a single 31-band spectral image. Spectral images can be used to calculate colorimetric data for each pixel, or to better understand material properties. The colorimetric results show that the system predicts good color as compared to the most relevant FADGI guidelines.

12:55 (NY) / 18:55 (Paris)
Closing Remarks
13:00 – 13:30 NY / 19:00– 19:30 Paris
Grab your beverage of choice and join other attendees for an e-reception featuring a virtual concert by members of our community.

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Kenderdine,
EPFL (Switzerland)
Computational Museology: Interfaces to Cultural (big) Data
Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. She is professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where she has built the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), exploring the convergence of cultural heritage, imaging technologies, immersive visualisation, digital aesthetics and cultural (big) data. https://emplus.epfl.ch/  https://epfl-pavilions.ch/
 
Tim Kong,
National Library New Zealand (New Zealand)
digitalpasifik.org – Reflections on Designing and Delivering a Bridge Between Worlds
Tim Kong is of Aotearoa, but grew up in South East Asia. He has connections to Fiji and China through his father, and Scotland and Ireland through his mother. His degree is in Political Science and work experience includes time spent in corporate technical production, five years touring video with British bands, and then a decade as a primary school teacher in New Zealand. He joined the National Library in January 2020 to lead the Pacific Virtual Museum project, and was appointed as the director, Digital Experience in January 2022.
 
Cecilia G. Flocco,
Leibniz Institute DSMZ (Germany)
Reading Books through a Biomolecular Lens: Revealing the Hidden Microbial Life of Written Cultural Heritage Objects
Dr. Cecilia G. Flocco is an interdisciplinary scientist and a technology and policy advisor, working at the intersection of life and environmental sciences with cultural heritage research. She is the founder and director of AKF Global LLC, a US-based technology and innovation consulting firm. Currently, she is the scientific coordinator of strategic projects in the Department of Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, one of the largest biological resources centers worldwide. Her current research and consulting interests encompass understanding the dynamics of microbial communities in extreme environments and niche habitats and advancing interdisciplinary approaches to cultural heritage research. She is an advisor and fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Ernst Schering Foundation (Germany), an on-call scientist for the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program, and a member of ArtBioMatters, a cross-disciplinary hub for biological materials research in cultural heritage. Twitter: @cecilia_flocco LinkedIn: Cecilia G. Flocco

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