Mind Mapping and Soul Searching at the First AHRC Digital Building Heritage Workshop


This week the Digital Building Heritage group ran the first of two workshops sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to assist community heritage groups focus their thinking on how digital technologies could help them towards achieving their aims and objectives. A day of structured discussion, ideas mapping and focus on both long term objectives and short to medium term actions for achieving them led to interesting outcomes. For many there was a wish to gain a broader and refreshed view of the kinds of technologies and approaches that were available, their advantages and limitations and exploring the pros and cons of these in relation to their group’s goals. One of the key aspects which came out of this phase of the days discussions was the need to plan a staged introduction of digital technologies into their activities, beginning with content provision, (often 3D digitalization of the historic buildings with which they are involved) in a form in which the data can be repurposed for various uses and means of delivery and subsequently further developed and supplemented to enrich the depth of the content. A further aspect which came out was the need to prioritize aims and goals and also preferred means of achieving them. Often this involved some challenging decisions and further internal discussion within the groups but the process worked well and all groups had a clear idea of what they wanted the Digital Building Heritage group to assist them with and what they could do to support this process by the end of the day. The second of the two workshops will be held on Wednesday 22nd of November and is fully booked.

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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