digital cultural heritage:
Brisbane 2017, State Library of Queensland, April 19-21 2017

See photos from the Brisbane conference here.


Innovative new data collection and digital visualisation techniques can capture and share historic artefacts, places and practices faster, in greater detail and amongst a wider community than ever before.

Yet for many, gaps still exist between these evolving technologies and their application in everyday heritage practice. Following the success of a sister conference in Brisbane, Australia in April 2017, this symposium will focus on the emerging disciplines of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management, providing a platform for critical debate between those developing and applying innovative digital technology, and those seeking to integrated best practice into the preservation, presentation and sustainable management of cultural heritage.

This symposium is designed to encourage critical debate across a wide range of heritage-related disciplines.

We welcome abstracts from practitioners and academics working in cultural heritage and related fields such as architecture, anthropology, archaeology, geography, media studies, museum studies and tourism.

We particularly encourage papers that explore the challenges of digitising tangible and intangible cultural heritage, those that identify issues with digitisation and digital interaction, and those that address the theoretical challenges posed by digital cultural heritage.


Introduction to the conference


Full conference proceedings


Day 1 – Session 1: Theory Case Studies


Vince Dzekian, ‘(Adventures in) Culturescaping’


Hannah Lewi & Steven Cooke, ‘Teaching memory: digital interpretation at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne’

Jane-Heloise Nancarrow, ‘Countering the Uncanny and Replicating “Real-ness”: Establishing parameters for post-processing in 3D digital cultural heritage’

Day 1 – Session 2: Practice Case Studies


Julie Nichols, Darren Fong & Sue Avery, ‘Multi-Modal Archiving: Re-envisioning Acehnese built cultural heritage’


Marc Schnabel & Ye Hi, ‘Digital Fabrication of Parametrically Generated Māori Carvings’


David Beynon, Sambit Datta & Joshua Hollick, ‘Digitised Connections: Reflections on the image analysis and spatial modelling of Southeast Asian temples’

Day 1 – Session 3: Practice Case Studies


Ann Hardy, Gionnia di Gravio, Charles Martin, Russell Rigby & Tim Davidson, ‘Newcastle Time Machine – A multi-disciplinary approach to digital cultural heritage’


Chen Yang & Feng Han, ‘Capturing Spatial Patterns of Traditional Rural Landscapes with 3D Point Cloud – A case study of Tunpu Villages in Guizhou Province, China’

Day 1 – Session 4: Theory Case Studies


Cheng Chun Patrick Hwang, ‘Re-Evaluating the Rationality of Etienne- Louis Boullée Through Digitising and Analysing the geometry of the Cenotaph of Turenne’

Cristina Garduño Freeman, Marco Antonio Chavez Aguayo & Sonia González Velázquez, ‘Google Images: a site for understanding the social and symbolic connection between World Heritage and their cities’

Day 2 – Session 5: Theory Case Studies


Guido Cimadomo, ‘Heritage as an Asset: how to involve local communities in the protection of cultural heritage’


Amy Clarke & Ashley Paine, ‘Built Heritage in the Age of Digital Reproduction’

Day 2- Session 6: Practice Case Studies


Lisa-Marie Daunt & David Gole, ‘Revitalising Ethiopia’s Africa Hall: Using new digital technologies to conserve Africa’s heritage’


Joann Russell & David Mitchell, ‘Practical Applications of Digital Technologies in the Conservation, Management and Education Fields by Scotland’s National Heritage Body’