WH 002 Introduction to Digital Heritage

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Digital technologies and interactive media are radically changing the cultural landscape of today’s societies. These historical shifts are transforming the way individuals, private organizations, museums and other cultural institutions cope with the natural environments where we live and with the cultural legacy we inherit from the past. As a consequence, the interpretation, preservation, and communication process of cultural heritage continues to take new forms, in various social and technological dimensions. 3D visualization, GIS, remote sensing, augmented and virtual reality, interaction, are the new means of today’s heritage study. In this course, students will explore both theoretical and practical approaches to digital heritage, by analyzing different theories and methods of cultural preservation, heritage management and outreach for museums and the Web. A fundamental part of this work will be the documentation, mapping, monitoring, or virtual reconstruction of heritage sites using digital technologies and digital heritage methods.