Visualizing Venice: Digital Cultural Heritage Concepts and Opportunities
Lecture Cultural Approaches to Digital Humanities with Victoria Szabo
Digital Cultural Heritage is a diverse and rapidly growing field, drawing its practitioners from libraries, museums and academic institutions, as well as from tourist organizations and scientific communities. Based on experience gained from the international Visualizing Venice collaboration, this talk will consider the field as an emerging opportunity for art, architectural, cultural and urban historians to share their knowledge with wider publics, both inside the museum and in the city itself. As a case study example, the presentation will highlight Ghett/App, an augmented reality mobile application meant for use in the historic Jewish Ghetto in Venice. Ghett/App draws from both existing exhibition resources and new digital material developed specifically for on-site use, and was designed to be expanded and extended over time with additional materials produced by current and future VV team members. The talk will consider some of the organization, design, and technical implementation challenges associated with this and other such projects, and suggest possible directions for future collaboration and development in the field of digital cultural heritage.
Victoria Szabo is an associate research professor of visual and media studies at Duke University in the USA and directs the Information Science + Studies Program, the graduate program in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures,
and the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Initiative there. Her work focuses on visual and spatial approaches to digital humanities, computational media arts, and media and technology studies. She is part of the Visualizing Venice steering committee and for the last five years has co-taught the technical Visualizing Venice Summer Workshops in Venice, Italy.