Conference on Digital Encounters with Cultural Heritage
Workshop on Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries

Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), Germany

30th-31st March 2017

Conference on Digital Encounters with Cultural Heritage is an international event for the professionals of multiple disciplines and scholars working in the Digital Cultural Heritage domain. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts, stakeholders and researchers from the cultural domain and, addressing the current challenges, start a dialogue that will lay the foundation for the creation of a multidisciplinary community of practice..

Urban history, drawing on architectural heritage and cultural history, is one of the key areas in digital humanities. Regarding to that research interest, digital libraries play an important role, especially for visual media like photographs, paintings, or drawings, but also for physical and virtual models. Due to the wide field of possible research, different approaches, methods and technologies have emerged – and are still emerging.

The purpose of the workshop is to concentrate on the area of tension between the fields of culture, technologies and education. We aim to discuss crucial challenges for further research and encourage debate. We would like to invite contributions on theoretical and methodological issues, application scenarios and projects, as well as novel approaches and tools. This includes the following five areas:

  • Research on architectural and urban cultural heritage
  • Technical access
  • Systematization
  • Education in urban history
  • Organizational perspectives

To this cause, we are seeking for original and innovative contributions in theoretical and practical applications on Digital Cultural Heritage.


Research on architectural and urban cultural heritage

Do computing methods lead to new and ground-breaking research questions, approaches, or insights into architectural and urban cultural heritage research? This general question has been primarily addressed in terms of research contexts, research objects, or phases in the research process. In most cases the use of ICT simply extends non-digital possibilities, without much change to the pre-digital approaches and research questions. Nevertheless, digitalization has dramatically altered research qualities, quantities and workflows. We welcome contributions on:

  • relevant data for architectural and urban history in digital archives and image repositories
  • the effects of the use of digital archives and image repositories on scientific work
  • concepts and projects for networking and cooperation
  • possible scientific questions regarding objects, spaces, content or historical events

Technical access

The immense effort invested in digitization and rapid changes in technologies and formats has greatly increased the importance of sustainability in recent years. Long-term data storage, availability of models and the interoperability of data formats are major challenges to existing digital infrastructures. Moreover, novel approaches as the photogrammetric reconstruction of historical buildings from image databases allow a contextualization and intuitive access to data. We welcome contributions on:

  • possibilities for storing digital sources derived from spatial databases
  • 3D databases as a tool to support urban historical research
  • Remote sensing approaches to support contextualization and intuitive access to data
  • Linked and semantic data related to urban historical research
  • the influence of knowledge of HCI on the design of historic models


Both research on urban history from the perspective of humanities and the development of supporting digital technologies are attracting attention from art history, digital cultural heritage studies and information sciences. These multidisciplinary settings present various challenges due to the specific requirements of interdisciplinary work, such as common languages, project strategies or critically reflected methods. The widespread impact of digital humanities has created a high demand for research to be put to practical use. The applicable techniques, valid strategies, classifications and quality standards need to be determined. We welcome contributions on:

  • working techniques and new methods arising from digital archives and image repositories
  • cooperation between (art) historians and the technical disciplines
  • methodologies for digitally supported research and education in urban history
  • classifications supporting scientific work

Education in urban history

Education and support by digital libraries still only plays a minor role in scholarly discourses on cultural heritage and in particular urban history. There is still no broad consensus on specific education paradigms or a canon of didactic settings in digitally supported teaching on urban history, and as yet no larger studies have been conducted in this area. We welcome contributions on:

  • educational scenarios for teaching urban history supported by digital methods
  • approaches to employing large scale repositories for educational purposes in cultural history

Organizational perspectives

Academic culture and institutionalization are of interest here. Regarding the organizational development process, some parallel implications may be seen in the establishment of eLearning which became established as a tool in academic education nearly a decade ago. The use of digital tools to research and educate about urban history is currently a highly application-oriented process. A critically reflective methodological basis is required to anchor digital urban history in academic culture. We welcome contributions which see the “big picture” or focus on specific issues:

  • research institutions, the institutionalization of research and education in urban history supported by digital libraries
  • implications for establishing an academic culture
  • legal frameworks for the use of sources and models


Organising Committee
Dr. Kristina Friedrichs (DE) – Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Dr. Sander Münster (DE) – Media Center, TU Dresden
Dr. Florian Niebling (DE) – Human-Computer Interaction, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Dr. Agnieszka Seidel-Grzesinska (PL) – Instytut Historii Sztuki, University Wroclav
Program Committee
Prof. Dr. Andreas Georgopoulos (GR) – President of ICOMOS/ISPRS CIPA
Prof. Dr. Isto Huvila (SWE/FIN) –Information Studies at the Department of Uppsala University
Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Apollonio (IT) – Università di Bologna – Alma mater studiorum
Dr. Marinos Ioannides (CY) – Digital Heritage Research Laboratory, Cyprus University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Thomas Köhler (DE) – Educational Technologies, TU Dresden
Dr. Mieke Pfarr-Harfst (DE) – DDU – Digital Design Unit – Digitales Gestalten, TU Darmstadt
Dr. Piotr Kuroczinski (DE) – Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung, Marburg
Dr. Christina Kamposiori (UK) – Centre for Digital Humanities, Department of Information Studies, University College London
Prof. Dr. Markus Wacker (DE) – Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden
Prof. Dr. Alex Yen – Professor for Architecture, China University of Technology Taipeh
Prof. Dr. Mario Santana – Quintero – Assistant Professor, Carleton University Ottawa
Dr. Jin Shang – Thudpi, Beijing
Prof. Associato Confermato Fulvio Rinaudo – Politecnico di Torino


Abstract submission deadline 01st February 2017
Notification of acceptance 15th February 2017
Registration deadline 20th March 2017
Conference 30th-31st March 2017
Paper submission deadline 30th June 2017
Notification of acceptance for publishing 30th August 2017
Submission of camera ready-versions 15th October 2017
Edited volume in press (information about publisher follows) Early 2018


Submitted contributions should be in the form of extended abstracts. The conference adopts a blind reviewing process, and the authors must ensure that any information such as affiliations, contact details, e-mails or other type of information that can help identify the authors of the papers, are removed from the submitted version.


Please submit an extended abstract of 1500-1700 words in PDF format by January 15, 2016 via the electronic upload submission procedure on the EasyChair website.

Please use the Springer LaTeX2e, Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2007 templates and guidelines for formatting your extended abstract.

All submissions will be peer reviewed for their originality, validity, methodology, writing quality and overall contribution to the research fields of the workshop.

Publication plan

We expect to receive original contributions in one of two formats:

  • FULL PAPER presenting research outcomes (20 pages)
  • PROJECT PAPER presenting research approaches, ongoing research or theoretical perspectives (15 pages)

All contributors are invited to submit a full paper to be included into a joint conference proceedings published by an international publisher (further information follows). All contributed full paper will undergo a second double-blind peer review to ensure scientific and formal quality. It is planned to publish the proceedings with Springer in their Communications in Computer and Information Science series (final approval pending).



FREE Registration Open 15th February - 20th March 2017

Opening and Closing Keynotes

Prof. Andreas Georgopoulos

Andreas Georgopoulos

National Technical University of Athens, President of ICOMOS/ISPRS CIPA

Prof. Leonid Borodkin

Leonid Borodkin

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow. Faculty of History

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe

Stephan Hoppe

LMU München, Professur mit Schwerpunkt Bayerische Kunstgeschichte