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Preliminary Program

Tuesday 7 June 2022
10:00 – 11:00 NY / 16:00 – 17:00 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
11:30 – 12:35 NY / 17:30 – 18:35 Paris
Multispectral Scheimpflug: Imaging Degraded Books That Open Less Than 30 Degrees
Gregory Heyworth1, Keith Knox2, Kenneth Boydston3, and Yuhao Zhu1; 1University of Rochester, 2Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, and 3MegaVision (US)
Practical Comparison of Rendering Programs for 2.5D Models of Embroidered Binding Covers
Leah Humenuck, Rochester Institute of Technology (US)
Digitizing and Printing the Burgert Brothers Ledger Books: A Case Study in High-Volume Facsimile Production.
Harrison D. Walker and Sami Wright, Northeast Document Conservation Center (US)
12:35 – 13:15 NY / 18:35 – 19:15 Paris
13:15 – 14:10 NY / 19:15 – 20:10 Paris
Interactive Paper Preview: Film and Digital Media: Open Issues and Novel Approaches for Digital Color Film Restoration
Alice Plutino, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Interactive Paper Preview: Handwritten and Printed Text Identification in Historical Archival Documents
Mahsa Vafaie, Oleksandra Bruns, Jörg Waitelonis, and Harald Sack, FIZ-Karlsruhe (Germany)
Creating Archival Finding Aids Indexes with NER
Luís Filipe Cunha and José Carlos Ramalho, University of Minho (Portugal)
E-justice to Bridge Records Management Gap at the High Court in Namibia
Beauty Matongo, University of Namibia (Namibia), and Lorette Jacobs, University of South Africa (South Africa)
14:10 – 14:30 NY / 20:10 – 20:30 Paris
14:30 – 15:30 NY / 20:30 – 21:30 Paris
Wednesday 8 June 2022
10:00 – 11:30 NY / 16:00 – 17:30 Paris
11:30 – 12:30 NY / 17:30 – 18:330 Paris
Enhanced Computer Vision using Automated Optimized Neural Network Image Pre-processing
Kevin Patrick Fenton, Vincil Bishop, and Steven J. Simske, Colorado State University (US)
Isolated Handwritten Character Recognition of Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts;
Tabita A.M.L. Tobing, Sule Y. Yayilgan, and Sony George, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
Interactive Paper Preview: Artificial Intelligence and the Creation of a Holistic Historical Record: Digitizing Collections held by The HistoryMakers (presentation-only)
Hannah Storch, Digital Transitions (US)
Interactive Paper Preview: How to Generate and Import Functional Test Cases into a Project Management Software System using Natural Language Processing
Ricardo Reyna (US)
Interactive Paper Preview: Design and Development of Digitization Workflow for the Medium Format Capture of Oversized Artwork
Isaac Stephen Harper, Abby Gail Beazer, and Brenna Hope Cooper, Brigham Young University (US)
12:30 – 13:00 NY / 18:30 – 19:00 Paris
13:00 – 14:05 NY / 19:00 – 20:05 Paris
Focal Talk: Artist Acrylic Paint Spectral, Colorimetric, and Image Dataset
Roy S. Berns, Gray Sky Imaging (US)
3D Imaging Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' – A New Scanner Design, Calibration Procedures, and Optimized Capturing Strategy (presentation-only)
Willemijn S. Elkhuizen, Tessa T.W. Essers, Mascha Slingerland, and Yu Song, Delft University of Technology; and Rob Erdmann, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
14:05 – 15:05 NY / 20:05 – 21:05 Paris – 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 – 11:05 NY / 16:00 – 17:05 Paris
New Directions in RTI Software (presentation-only)
Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge, Cultural Heritage Imaging (US); Alessandro Muntoni and Federico Ponchio, Istituto Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI) (Italy)
An Online Model Viewer for Cultural Heritage in Unity 3D
Tyler Garcia, Zhangchi Lyu, and Michael David Tetzlaff, University of Wisconsin - Stout (US)
Extended Framework for Multispectral RTI
Yuly Emilia Castro, Amalia Siatou, Hermine Chatoux, Ramamoorthy Luxman, Gaetan Le Goic, and Alamin Mansouri, University of Burgundy (France)
11:05 – 11:30 NY / 17:05 – 17:30 Paris
11:30 – 12:40 NY / 17:30 – 18:40 Paris
Mass Digitization with Smartsheet: Leveraging a Commercial Solution for Flexible Project Management
Emma Stanford, Hoover Institution Library & Archives (US)
Digitizing with a Mobile Phone System: A Contribution
Marcele de Oliveira Gonçalves, Instituto Moreira Salles (Brazil)
Issues Concerning the Use of Duplication Positives in Digitising Analogue Films
Marek Jicha, Faculty of Philosophy and Science of Silesian University in Opava (Czech Republic)
Interactive Paper Preview: Integrating Digitization and Advanced Imaging of HMML Icons
Katherine Goertz, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), and Michael Toth, R.B. Toth Associates LLC (US)
12:40 – 13:40 NY / 18:40 – 19:40 Paris
13:40 – 14:20 NY / 19:40 – 20:20 Paris
Focal Talk: Tracking the Functions of AI as Paradata & Pursuing Archival Accountability
Jeremy E. Davet1, Babak Hamidzadeh2, Patricia C. Franks3, and Jenny Bunn4; 1Univesity of British Columbia (Canada), 2University of Maryland (US), 3San Jose State University (US), and 4The National Archivies (UK)
Braille Digitization at the Library of Congress (presentation-only)
Thomas Rieger and Lei He, Library of Congress (US)
14:35– 14:45 NY / 20:35– 20:45 Paris
14:45 – 15:45 NY / 20:45 – 21:45 Paris
Friday 10 June 2022
10:00 – 11:00 NY / 16:00 – 17:00 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
11:30 – 12:35 NY / 17:30 – 18:35 Paris
Spectral Classification of Paper Fixatives: A Case Study on Thromas Fearnley's Drawings
Irina Mihaela Ciortan1, Tina Grette Poulsson2, Sony George1, and Jon Yngve Hardeberg1; 1Norwegian University of Science and Technology and 2National Museum (Norway)
Beyond RGB: A Spectral Image Processing Software Application for Cultural Heritage Studio Photography
Olivia Rose Kuzio and Susan Farnand, Rochester Institute of Technology (US)
A Spectral Approach to Digitally Restore a Faded Agfacolor Print from 1945
Giorgio Trumpy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), and Sreya Chatterjee, University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Spectral Imaging Method for Reflective Media
David R. Wyble, Gray Sky Imaging (US)
12:55 – 13:25 NY / 18:55– 19:25 Paris

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.
Tim Kong,
National Library New Zealand (New Zealand) – 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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