Heritage  professionals  and  archaeologists  have  long  utilized  digital  imaging  techniques  to document,  analyze,  and  digitize  artifacts,  historic  buildings,  and  archaeological  sites.  In  this course,  students  will  develop  competencies  in  digital  imaging  applications  in  cultural  heritage and  archaeology  through  field  and  computer  lab  activities,  which  will  introduce  basic  principles and  toolsets.  Exercises  will  encompass  an  entire  workflow  from  image  acquisition,  processing  of derived  products  (i.e.,  digital  drawings,  3D  models,  and  digital  elevation  models),  and  data visualization  for  analysis  and  dissemination  purposes.  Covered  techniques  may  include  digital photography,  drone  photography,  digital  photogrammetry  (Image-based  Modeling,  or  IBM), Reflectance  Transformation  Imaging  (RTI),  and  multi-spectral  imaging  among  others.  Students will produce a final project (assessed) and will present their work to the class at the Institute for Digital  Cultural  Heritage  XR  Lab.    An  excursion  will  complement  the  laboratory  activities  and expose students to a real case study.

Culture and heritage establish strong and long-lasting connections between people, their societies, and the world. Museums are permanent institution in the service of society and its development, which create and maintain these material and immaterial connections for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment. Today, museums are also places of controversies surrounding exhibitions and collections. They are also spaces of innovation linked to the development of new technology for collection digitization, knowledge representation, and dissemination. In this course, students will examine main museum concepts and functions and their historical evolution to understand the shifting role and purposes of these institutions over the centuries. Drawing from numerous examples from various museums worldwide, students will use their critical knowledge to discuss contemporary museum studies topics and probe into the various aspects that define and conceptualize the usage of technology in museums. Finally, students will engage with how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected museums globally and how technology has been used by museums to face the challenges of the 21st century.