COSCH wins a Werner Weber Best Paper Award

A paper co-authored by several COSCH participants won a best paper award at the EuroMed Digital Heritage Conference 2014 held at Limassol, Cyprus, between 3–8 November 2014. 158 papers, out of 438 submissions, were accepted for presentation, including 35 full papers. Of these, 15 papers have been nominated to the best paper award. The COSCH contribution was one of five to receive the Werner Weber Best Paper Award. The award is given in memory of late Werner Weber who was a member of the EU Member States Expert Group on Digitalisation and e-Preservation in Cultural Heritage (MSEG).

The COSCH paper is titled, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage: Key Questions in 3D Optical Documentation of Material Culture for Conservation, Study and Preservation. It has been co-authored by Frank Boochs, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Christian Degrigny, Maciej Karaszewski, Ashish Karmacharya, Zoltan Kato, Marcello Picollo, Robert Sitnik, Alain Trémeau, Despoina Tsiafaki and Levente Tamas.

Abstract: The paper introduces some key interdisciplinary questions concerning the development of optical measuring techniques and electronic imaging applied to documentation and presentation of artefacts, as identified through the work of Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (www.COSCH.info), a trans-domain European Action (TD1201) in the area of Materials, Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) supported, since 2013, by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/mpns/Actions/ TD1201. Some 125 international researchers and professionals participate in COSCH activities which have been organised around six main subjects: (1) spectral object documentation; (2) spatial object documentation; (3) algorithms and procedures; (4) analysis and restoration of cultural heritage surfaces and objects; (5) visualisation of cultural heritage objects and its dissemination; and (6) the semantic development of the COSCH Knowledge Representation.

The Authors outline and illustrate the approaches adopted by COSCH. They indicate future work that is needed to resolve the identified scientific, technical and semantic questions, as well as challenges of interdisciplinary communication, to ensure a wider adoption of specialist technologies and enhanced standards in 3D documentation of material cultural heritage — being a basis for its understanding, conservation, restoration, long-term preservation, study, presentation and wide dissemination.

The paper is available through Springer Link.

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COSCH final book

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FORTHCOMING: COSCH final book 

Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

"The essays in this collection are transformative, moving beyond basic collaboration and skilfully contextualizing both scientic knowledge in the humanities and humanities knowledge in the sciences. Doing so not only heightens the quality of the research, but heightens understanding, redrawing traditional lines between disciplines and redening what it means to truly collaborate and to be a scholar in the digital age."-Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma 
In this unique collection the authors present a wide range of interdisciplinary methods to study, document, and conserve material cultural heritage. The methods used serve as exemplars of best practice with a wide variety of cultural heritage objects having been recorded, examined, and visualised. The objects range in date, scale, materials, and state of preservation and so pose dierent research questions and challenges for digitization, conservation, and ontological representation of knowledge. Heritage science and specialist digital technologies are presented in a way approachable by non-scientists, while a separate technical section provides details of methods and techniques, alongside examples of notable applications of spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage, with selected literature and identication of future research. 
This book is an outcome of interdisciplinary research and debates conducted by the participants of the COST Action TD1201, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, 2012–16, and is an Open Access publication available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence.