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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Opportunities in Digital Exploration of Shipwrecks

You are kindly invited to participate in a two-day international conference “Opportunities in Digital Exploration of Shipwrecks”, which will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on 22-23 October 2020.

The conference aims to highlight and explore digital technologies and tools in the context of preserving and studying the cultural heritage. In modern museums, many historical topics are brought to the museum visitors by the means of various digital aids. But are the digital methods used for research purposes profoundly different from those that are used for public outreach?

The presentations on the first day will focus on theoretical aspects and provide an overview of ongoing research in the field of digitizing shipwrecks and museum collections in general. The focus of the second day is to discuss, in a practical manner, the digital methods that have been used to research the Tallinn cog and museum artefacts, and new technologies to be used in the future.

Participation is free of charge upon registration. Please register HERE. The number of participants is limited.

The conference, except workshops, will be broadcasted online to registered participants upon request. Some presentations may be held online, if international restrictions to travel will be applied.

The event is organized by the Estonian Maritime Museum in co-operation with the Estonian War Museum.

Convenor: Hele Kiimann, Head of Research, hele.kiimann@meremuuseum.ee

More about the cog: https://meremuuseum.ee/paksmargareeta/en/for-history-and-maritime-buffs/the-cog/

Illustration: Ale Torkkel, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Detailed programme

22 Oct 2020

Tallinn City Archives (Tolli 4)

Moderator: Hele Kiimann & Liisa Randmaa (Estonian Maritime Museum)

9:00 – 9:15   Coffee and registration

9:15 – 9:30  Opening speech by Urmas Dresen (Estonian Maritime Museum)

9:30 – 10:00 Keynote lecture: The IJsselcog Project: From Excavation to 3D Reconstruction

(Wouter Waldus, ADC ArcheoProjecten, The Netherlands)

10:00 – 10:30 Digitalization and Open Cultural Heritage Data – Projects and Findings in Estonia: Baltacar, BalticRIM, Shipwher (Krista Karro, The National Heritage Board, Estonia)

10:30– 11:00 Finnish Heritage Agency going 3D: recent projects and newest discoveries (Päivi Pihlanjärvi, Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland)

11:00 – 11:30  VASABAS – A 3D management tool for VASA (Håkan Thorén, The Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, Sweden) zoom presentation

11:30 – 12:00 The Svensksund AD 1790 – Project Results: New Knowledge on the Shipwrecks of Svensksund (Marcus Lepola, Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break (on your own)

13:00 – 13:30 Diving, documenting, recovery – Four shipwrecks in two years, a field report (Roman Scholz, Germany)

13:30 – 14:00 Reconstructing the Past: 3D Reconstructions, Cultural Heritage AR applications, Reality Capture techniques such as photogrammetry and laser scanning (Ale Torkkel, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland)

14:00 – 14:30 Photogrammetry as archaeological tool (Jim Hansson, Museum of Wrecks Stockholm, Sweden) zoom presentation

14:30 – 15:00 Data acquisition underwater for digital wreck documentation (Immi Wallin, SubZone Underwater Operations, Finland)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00 New Methods of Shipwreck Recording (Isabella Glušauskaite, University of Southampton, UK)

16:00 – 16:30 Reinventing the wheel? Digital transformation in heritage documentation (Hembo Pagi & Andres Uueni, Archaeovision, Estonia)

16:30 – 17:00 Digital Solutions in the New Permanent Exhibition at Estonian Maritime Museum (Priit Lätti & Karen Jagodin, Estonian Maritime Museum; Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom, Estonia)

17:00 – 17:15 Concluding remarks

18:30 – 19.15 A guided tour at Fat Margaret Museum (Pikk 70, Tallinn)

19.15 – 21.00 Dinner reception (Fat Margaret Museum)

23.10

The Museum and Visitor Centre of Fat Margaret (Pikk 70, Tallinn)

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and gathering

9:15 – 9:45 Digitizing Museum Collections: Problems, Possibilities and Challenges (Mihkel Karu, Eve Paavel, Estonian Maritime Museum)  

9:45 – 10:00 Introduction to workshops (Hellar Lill, The Estonian War Museum)

10:00 – 12:00 Workshops (Different Methods Used in Digitizing) *

  • 3D documentation solutions for Cultural Heritage. Photogrammetry and laser scanning;
  • 3D Reconstructions, Cultural Heritage AR applications etc.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break (on your own)

13:00 – 13:15 Coffe break (Fat Margaret Museum)

13:15 – 15:45 Workshops continue – practical exercise

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 16:50 Workshop results and panel discussion (moderator Hembo Pagi, Archeovision)

Panelists:

  • Maili Roio (The National Heritage Board, Estonia)
  • Kristin Ilves (University of Helsinki)
  •  Mihkel Karu (Estonian Maritime Museum, Estonia)
  • Ale Torkkel (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
  • Andres Uueni (Archeovision, Estonia)
  • Priit Lätti (Estonian Maritime Museum, Estonia)
  • Kadri Nigulas (The National Heritage Board, Estonia)

16:50 – 17.00 Final words and ending of the workshop

*In the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to follow the steps of editing and optimizing the photogram-metric model and import it to the Unity game engine for creating AR solutions. Although the organizers will provide the computers, we strongly suggest the participants to bring their own laptops.