Session: #370

Theme & Session Format

3. The new normality of heritage management and museums in post-Covid times
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Regular session

Title & Content

The Tangible and the Intangible: New Vistas on Cultural Heritage Documentation and Management
The balance between the tangible and the intangible space, i.e., the physical and the virtual space, has changed in recent decades and especially in last years. This change has been accelerated by the pandemic of COVID-19, leading to a massive implementation of new technologies and approaches concerning cultural heritage management, and, consequently, museums and museology. The application of remote sensing and GIS for defining a location and carrying out monitoring and management of heritage sites using digital data, have led to a model of continuous remote management of cultural heritage, in its primal stage. Proceeding to a second stage, i.e., cultural heritage management under the perspective of its communication to the public, digital methods, including application of virtual dimensions, are also widely applied in museums, forming a framework proved to be effective in unexpected emergency situations, such as that formed by the pandemic of COVID-19, thus maintaining the thread of society's communication with culture even in a lockdown. Would this framework, characterized nevertheless by new possibilities and constraints, be the leading one in the future?
Cultural heritage, GIS, 3D, Museums, Digital documentation, Remote management
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Main organiser:
Athina Chroni (Greece) 1,2
Minna Silver (Finland) 3,4,5
1. General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage-Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports-Hellenic Republic
2. Postdoctoral Research Associate-National Technical University of Athens-School of Rural and Surveying Engineering-Department of Topography-Laboratory of Photogrammetry
3. Adjunct Professor
4. Chair of the Commission I in Application of Recording, Documentation and Information Management for Cultural Heritage in CIPA Heritage Documentation under ICOMOS and ISPRS
5. Editorial Board Member of Virtual Archaeology Review