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

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (DHMD) Dresden, Germany

10th-11th October 2019

The Conference on Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries & 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, starting a dialogue that will lay out 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 digital 3D models. Due to the wide field of possible research, different approaches, methods and technologies have emerged – and are still emerging.

The purpose of the conference is to concentrate on the area of tension between the fields of cultural heritage, technologies and education. We aim to discuss crucial challenges for further research and encourage debate on the state of the art and future work. 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
  • Technologies, Computing and Data
  • Theory and Systematization
  • Education in Urban History
  • Infrastructures and Governance

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

Research on architectural and urban cultural heritage is enhanced by emerging and fast developing digital technologies. Digital tools are used to support workflows, analysis and presentations, resulting in new research questions and insights into architectural and urban cultural heritage. We welcome contributions reflecting the interdisciplinary collaboration of scholars in the field of CH research and experts in digital technologies leading to new research approaches on architectural and urban cultural heritage:

  • research questions and insights regarding historic objects, spaces, content or events arising through usage of new technologies
  • concepts and projects for networking and cooperation regarding difficulties and/or potentials
  • digital tools supporting architectural and urban cultural heritage research
  • the effects of the use of digital archives and image repositories on scientific work

Technologies, Computing and Data

The immense effort invested in digitization and rapid changes in technologies and formats has greatly increased the importance of sustainability in recent years. This is extremely relevant for projects in the field of cultural heritage working with databases, virtual infrasturctures, virtual museums, digital reconstructions. Long-term data storage, availability of data and the interoperability of data formats are major challenges to existing digital infrastructures. We welcome contributions refering to these technological challenges on:

  • data modelling and data management
  • technical access to information
  • 3D databases as a tool to support urban historical research
  • methodologies and technologies of the digitization process and digital reconstruction
  • technologies for virtual exhibitions and case studies
  • the influence of knowledge of HCI on the design of historic models

Theory and Systematization

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 and repositories 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 a shortage of extensive studies in this resarch 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
  • gamification, serious games and virtual worlds for educational purposes

Infrastructures and Governance

Academic culture, institutionalization of research, as well as the regulation and management of heritage are approached by international research and infrastructure projects involving key actors and stakeholders in this area. Research Infrastructures aim at offering access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in Cultural Heritage. We welcome contributions on:

  • 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 digital data

Program (Download as PDF)

Participants of UHDL 2019 have to register for the Time Machine Conference 2019. Registration is free. We have tried to coordinate the program of UHDL and Time Machine conference with minimum overlap, so please have a look at the program of the Time Machine conference as well.

Thu, 10th October, 15:30 – 17:00 Chair Room
15:30 Workshop on Research and Education in
Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries

Florian Niebling
Seminarraum 9
15:30 Welcome
Seyran Khademi and Ronald Siebes. ArchiMediaL: Enriching and linking historical architectural
and urban image collections
15:50 Francesca Condorelli and Ferdinand Maiwald. From image and film archives to 3D reconstruction
16:05 Fabrizio I. Apollonio, Federico Fallavollita and Riccardo Foschi. The Critical Digital Model for the Study
of Unbuilt Architecture
16:35 Jonas Bruschke, Florian Niebling and Heike Messemer. Comparing Methods to Visualize Orientation
of Photographs: A User Study
16:20 Antonio Suazo. In which images does this corner appear? A novel approach for three-dimensional
query of historical photographs collections in urban heritage research
16:50 Closing

Fri, 11th October, 11:00 – 12:30 Chair Room
11:00 Workshop on Research and Education in
Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries

Mathias Hofmann
Seminarraum 9
11:00 Welcome
Gabriele Gattiglia and Francesca Anichini. Managing the urban heritage from the archaeological
point of view. The study case of Pisa (Italy) and the MAPPA system
11:20 Cindy Kröber and Leyla Dewitz. Introducing a user-centered evaluation approach to 3D image
11:35 Julia Noordegraaf, Claartje Rasterhoff, Thomas Vermaut, Mark Raat, Hans Mol, Marieke van Erp, Kristel
Doreleijers, Nicoline van der Sijs, Ivo Zandhuis, Richard Zijdeman, Vincent Baptist, Thunnis van Oort,
Charlotte Vrielink. Semantic Deep Mapping in an Integrated Platform for Studying Historical
11:50 Andrea Giordano and Kristin Huffman. Visualizing Venice to Visualizing Cities - Advanced
Technologies for Historical Cities Visualization
12:05 Piotr Kuroczyński and Julia Merz. Visualizing the medieval cities Mainz, Worms and Speyer (800/1200).
Source-based digital 3D reconstruction and scholarly-approved documentation
12:20 Closing


Abstract submission deadline DEADLINE EXTENSION 21st July 2019
Notification of acceptance 31st August 2019
Conference registration deadline 30th September 2019
Conference 10th-11th October 2019
Full paper submission deadline 31st January 2020
Notification of acceptance for publishing 29th February 2020
Submission of camera ready-versions 31st March 2020
Edited volume in press (information about publisher follows) 3rd quarter 2020


Submitted contributions should be in the form of extended abstracts. The conference adopts a double blind reviewing process. 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 July 21st, 2019 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 conference.

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. Contributed full paper will undergo a second double-blind peer review to ensure scientific and formal quality. Accepted full papers will be published in Springer Communications in Computer and Information Science series (CCIS).

Venue and Accommodation


Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: DHMD

The conference will take place in Dresden, Germany. The keynotes and the conference program will be held at the German Hygiene Museum (Deutsches Hygiene-Museum).


Pullman Hotelsingle room from 79 € per night
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Medienzentrum TU Dresden | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg | Uniwersytet Wrocławski

This conference is organized by the Junior Research group HistStadt4D as joint venture between TU Dresden Media Center and Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, and University of Wroclav. Liable in accordance with the press laws, § 6 of the media services state contract and company details after § 6, tele-services laws: Media Center, TU Dresden.

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