Remote Access to World Heritage Sites from St Kilda to Uluru 23-24 November 2011- Edinburgh

“I Know Where I’m Going”
Remote
Access to World Heritage Sites from St Kilda to Uluru
23-24 November 2011- Edinburgh
(UK)

Call for Papers

Greetings!

This international conference will explore the potential and
challenges created by new technologies to develop high-quality, remote-access,
visitor experiences for UNESCO World Heritage Sites and
other sites of cultural, historical and natural significance. The conference has
three main objectives:
a-    To showcase the new
technologies available:
including the 3D laser scanning of St Kilda WHS  as
part of the Scottish Ten project to create exceptionally accurate digital models
of Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and others
worldwide, in order to better conserve and manage them (http://www.scottishten.org/).  Other forms of
digital mapping will also be demonstrated.
b-    To debate the benefits and
challenges these new technologies present.
This applies not only to issues
of preservation, conservation, interpretation but also to the benefits and
pitfalls of virtual access to sensitive sites and the economic benefits of
tourism promoted thus.
c-    To encourage site managers
worldwide
– particularly within the UNESCO World
Heritage Sites network – to consider the benefits & impact these new
technologies could have for their own sites, allowing them to investigate these
further and clarify issues of acquisition, installation, costs
etc.
WE ARE NOW INVITING PAPERS which address the key following questions with regards to
remote access:
1.
What are the most relevant trends and recent developments in remote access
technology? What are the special considerations for
different categories of heritage experiences (from underwater sites to open air
museums to historic houses/listed buildings)? What are the benefits and
disadvantages of remote viewing, and for whom?
2.
How can technological innovation both support remote access and contribute to
conservation of all aspects of a heritage site, from the historic environment to
artefacts? When is remote access less sustainable? Who controls the ability to
view heritage sites and materials remote, and the content which is available to
view?
3.
How can a balance be achieved between tourism development and environmental
protection at heritage sites? Can the owners/custodians of a site benefit
financially from remote viewing? (e.g issues of data ownership, land rights and
intellectual property). Will remote viewing encourage physical tourism or
diminish it? 
4.
How can remote access and remote access technologies contribute to formal and
informal Education about the sites?


5.
       How can storytelling and other arts contribute
to remote access heritage interpretation?
(you can download the full call for papers
document at http://inspace.mediascot.org/beholder/iknowwhereimgoing):
Keynote speakers will include Dr Mechtild Rössler, Chief of
section Policy and Statutory Implementation Unit, UNESCO
World Heritage Centre.
If
you would like to present a paper addressing the themes of the
Conference, please submit an abstract. Abstracts should be submitted in
pdf format and be limited to 2 pages and 1,000 words (including title and author
information, but excluding references). The evaluation will be based on the
quality of the submission. Submissions and inquiries are through: rawhsc11@gmail.com . The deadline
for submissions is 3rd April 2011. On
submission of an abstract, authors should receive an email confirming receipt of
their submission.
To register your interest in attending the Conference
please contact :
Isabelle
Uny
Project Manager
Website:
IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission of title and
abstract:              3rd April, 2011
Notification of acceptance:
25th April, 2011
Deadline
for early-bird registration:          30 June, 2011
Registration
deadline:                              11 November, 2011
Remote Access to World
Heritage Sites Conference:
23 & 24 November,
2011
Sincerely,Isabelle Uny
UNESCO

Malcolm
MacLean
Proiseact nan Ealan

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