Author: Andreas Richter

If you visit Vienna – Get the MAK-App!

Image source: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts The Museum for Aplied Arts in Vienna offers the free MAK app with a variety of dynamic and surprising ways to learn more about the Permanent Collections Vienna 1900, Asia, and Carpets! Use the MAK App at home or at the museum to gain an overview or an in-depth look at the MAK collections. Personal audio commentaries from the curators and restorers at the MAK introduce works of design and applied art. Videos offer insight, and numerous original photos provide context, whether you’re visiting the MAK or browsing at home. Visitors are invited to...

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If you visit Berlin – Get the berlinHistory.App!

To walk through Berlin is to walk on historical ground. However, many traces of the past have faded over the years to such an extent that even historians pass by them. In cooperation with many renowned Berlin historical and cultural institutions, the Berlin based web design company dotcombinat is developing berlinHistory.app, a “digital museum” that sustainably preserves various types of digitized historical documents and connects content intelligently. Photos, texts, videos, audio recordings, historical postcards, eyewitness accounts, before-and-after images, or guided tours  can be uploaded to an open platform and made available to the public. In addition, there are historical tours,...

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Call for Papers: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Heritage – ARTIDIGH 2020

Special Session at 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2020), Valetta (Malta)   Artificial Intelligence and Digital Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities – ARTIDIGH 2020 With the help of artificial intelligence-powered services and tools the heritage sector is working towards the next level of access to and (re)use of digitized collections. In recent years libraries, archives and museums have started to apply machine learning and advanced knowledge bases to contextually enrich digitized objects, audio-visual content and texts and to make these retrievable in novel ways. In doing so institutions aim to increase the impact of their collections among a growing...

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Crowdsourcing the Past: New Strategies for Underwater Cultural Heritage

Image by Mal B; CC BY-ND 2.0 The Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) project arose from the need to document, explore and preserve underwater sites along the Lycian coast of Turkey. In recent decades, this region has distinguished itself as a centre of underwater tourism. The increasing number of recreational divers with increased access to sites of potential historical and archaeological importance has led to a growing wish to to allow these divers to participate in underwater research. The UCH project carried out systematic and meaningful surveys, which contributed to the preservation of the sites in situ. For artifact documentation,...

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The Digital Beethoven House

Handwritten page of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, fourth movementImage Source: Wikimedia Commons The Digital Beethoven House Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace is of great importance for people throughout the world and the main attraction in the musical city of Bonn. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770. He lived in his hometown till 1792. The Beethoven-Haus, situated in Borngasse 20, Bonn (Germany), not far from the river Rhine, holds the largest Beethoven collection in the world. Its impressive authentic documents combined with new media bear witness to Beethoven’s life and compositions. Beethoven’s birthplace. Image source: Wikimedia Commons   Most...

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