What is needed with Interpretative Heritage Technology?

I sent the below as a “provocative” opening post for the ICIP ICOMOS (ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites) forum.

There are many promises and pitfalls in the use of technology for heritage, and I have also often let myself be taken in by the lure of the new in the transformation of the old, but sometimes new media is only ephemeral. The below list is off the top of my head, but suffice to say, standards and agreements on what works best, and where and how and why, are still missing from the academic and more general heritage circle. I suspect what is also required is:

  • Surveys on what works well for community shareholders.
  • Conference panels leading to working papers or even charter amendments, on aims and guidelines for best practice in the use of technology.
  • Incentives for technologists and humanists to work together rather than in parallel
  • Case studies critically and impartially examined.
  • These case studies and accompanying documentation to be freely available via shared or distributed but linked web portals or databases. this includes the active saving and maintenance of important virtual heritage models and media to be saved.
  • Ratings and recommendations for specific technology.
  • A common place to debate and test and publish case studies and new technology.
  • Technology that allows us to combine 3D models, with archaeological interpretations,annotations, and audience/shareholder feedback.
  • A list of relevant references, resources, evaluation methods, solution providers, gaps between promise and practice.
  • The ability to connect papers or talks directly to focal parts of the heritage media.
  • A summary of open and shared technology formats and indications on their longevity and ability to share data (media) across different applications without data loss.

Responses from Neil Silberman included the question:WHO IS A LEGITIMATE STAKEHOLDER?

That is a good question and I will have to think on that a little longer before attempting a reply.

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