Hotel Sotelia, Olimje, Slovenia

23rd-25nd May 2017

ITN-DCH FINAL CONFERENCE is an international event for the professionals of multiple disciplines and scholars working in the Digital Cultural Heritage domain. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts, stakeholders and researchers from the cultural domain and, addressing the current challenges, start a dialogue that will lay the foundation for the creation of a multidisciplinary community of practice..

The“Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage: Projecting our Past to the Future” with acronym ITN-DCH, is the first and one of the largest Marie Curie fellowship projects in the area of the e-documentation / e-preservation and CH protection funded by the European Union under the FP7 PEOPLE research framework. The Project started on the 1st of October 2013 and its consortium comprising of 14 full partners and 10 associate members covering the entire spectrum of European CH actors, ranging from academia, research institutions, industry, museums, archives and libraries. The project aims to train 20 fellows (16 ESR’s and 4 ER’s – 500 person months) in the area of CH digital documentation, preservation and protection in order to create them a strong academic profile and market oriented skills which will significantly contribute to their career prospects.

Digital Cultural Heritage is a complex domain that requires new requires new skills, advanced techniques and constantly upgrading know-how; for the fulfillment of which a multilevel training and an interdisciplinary collaboration among experts is necessary in order for common methodologies and best practises for the profound understanding of our past to be established. It is important to create a forum of discussion where diverse leading academic scientists, researchers, practitioners and educators are brought together to exchange and share their experience, as well as confront each others on the challenges and advancements in each of their domain. The scope of the conference is, therefore, to:

  1. Encourage interdisciplinary and innovative analysis in the cultural domain
  2. Promote synergies and knowledge exchange between the participants
  3. Develop multidisciplinary connections for future development
  4. Disseminate the results of innovative research
  5. Publish the results of applied work as well as innovative concepts that would help shape our current understanding of cultural heritage

To this cause, we are seeking for original and innovative contributions in theoretical and practical applications on Digital Cultural Heritage, in the following themes., we are seeking original and innovation contributions in theoretical and practical applications of digital cultural heritage.

Click here to download the Call for abstract


Data Acquisition for Tangible and Intangible - Processing and Modelling

  • Image matching and 3D reconstruction
  • 3D scanning & digitization (laser, structured light, motion capture, etc.)
  • Low-cost 3D reconstruction
  • Heritage Building Information Modeling (HBIM)
  • 4D modelling
  • Multi-source data/multi-sensors approaches

Metadata - Semantics - Ontologies

  • Linked data and application
  • Authenticity & provenance
  • Metadata aggregation
  • Quality metrics
  • Ontology engineering
  • Principles, guidelines, and best practices
  • Application profile
  • Interoperability and mapping across domains

Archiving / Use and Reuse

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  • Digital curation workflows & application
  • Audio/video digital libraries
  • Annotations & Annotation management
  • Data visualisation
  • Interactive visualisation
  • Storytelling and serious game
  • Mixed/augmented reality






Organising Committee
Nicola Carboni, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
Margarita Papaefthymiou, FORTH, Greece
Vasiliki Nikolakopoulou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Georgios Leventis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Matevz Domajnko, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
Local committee
Roko Zarnic, president of SAEE, Slovenia
Meta Kržan, Secretary General of SAEE, Slovenia
Main chair
Marinos Ioannides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus


Abstract submission deadline 10 24 31th March 2017
Notification of acceptance 30 13th March April 2017
Registration deadline 01 8th May 2017
Conference 23rd-25th May 2017
Paper submission deadline 15th September 2017

Submission instructions

Submitted contributions should be in the form of extended abstract or poster. The conference adopts a blind reviewing process, and the authors must ensure that any information such as affiliations, contact details, e-mails or other type of information that can help identify the authors of the papers, are removed from the submitted version.


The extended abstract should not exceed 1000 words, including title and 3 – 5 keywords, and should focus on at least one of the scientific themes of the conference. See the template for instructions of how to format the document. Contribution not conforming with the rules outlined in the template will not be accepted.


Poster will be presented during the event by either an oral presentation or by an e-poster presentation. Please check the guidelines


The ITN-DCH papers will be published by SPRINGER VERLAG in the Lecture Notes for Computer Science - LNCS , presenting new innovative results. These papers will have a full-length oral presentation. Each submitted paper must not exceed 12 pages in total.

Copyright form

Each contribution must be accompanied by a Springer copyright form, a so-called 'Consent to Publish' form. Modified forms are not acceptable.
Authors will be asked to transfer the copyright of the paper to the Springer. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.
One author may sign on behalf of all of the authors of a particular paper. In this case, the author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing the material on behalf of any and all co-authors.

Please click here for downloading the guidelines and the copyright form

31th March

Abstract submission


13th April

Notification to the authors

23rd-25th May

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Poster presentation


until 15th September

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Full-paper submission



The conference aims at encouraging the discussion between young researchers, scientists and experts in the area of digital applications for the analysis of cultural heritage object/practices, as well as exchange of ideas and opinions. One of the aims is also to inform the researchers and professionals interested in safeguarding heritage assets in earthquake prone areas about possibilities offered by digital technologies.

The conference provides the perfect platform for examining the new research opportunities and professional collaborations. Furthermore, it will support the networking between different disciplines; support the initial stage of researchers' carriers and the enhancement of young researchers' networks.

A brief outline of the goals of the conference is:

  • Presentation of the final results of the FP7 Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN-DCH Project
  • Presentation of the current achievements of H2020 INCEPTION Project
  • Dissemination of the work done in the young researchers of different disciplines
  • Bringing together the young researchers for the different disciplines supported by the ITN-DCH project and introducing them to the wider research and professional community
  • Creation of a scientific space to present, discuss and divulge young investigations and enhance their scientific quality
  • The exchange of ideas and opinions between different disciplines and research groups

First Workshop: Workflow for the Integration of Heritage Digital Resources

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the participants to the concept of linked data and to a selection of data curation tools that can be used for re-using and integrating data from across data silos (including examples from tangible and intangible heritage), including a demonstration of how semantically map them. The tutorial will make use of open source tools and existing standard resources for from the cultural heritage domain in order to demonstrate this process. Emphasis will be laid on the transformation of existing resources (CSV, XML etc.) into RDF, through the use of data transformation mapping tools.

The workshop will last a half day and it will promote a hands-on knowledge of several important tools that are daily used by professionals in the field. Participants will finish the workshop with a greater familiarity with both the overall workflow and strategy for creating linked data but also a basic hands-on knowledge of a number of different software and data tools that would allow them to create and manipulate their own linked data by taking advantage of existing resources in the different communities (CH, public administration, GIS, etc.). They will also have been introduced to the role of Ontologies in integrating data and how to use a mapping tool to harmonise data at the schema level to a formal ontology standard.

The workshop will make use of:

We are going to demonstrate the possible applications of these softwares, as well as the methodologies behind them, using diverse datasets from four museums:

We specifically chose collection datasets containing information about works of art from Picasso.

In order to have a unique working environment we set up a vagrant virtual machine with OpenRefine, some utilities and the files we will be used during the workshop. The Vagrant VM is available clicking here. For the instruction on how to use it please refer to the Wiki page here. Please Download it and install everything before the workshop.

In order to use 3M it is necessary to register to the service. You can do it at this address:

For more detailed information visit the workshop webpage The workshop material will be published on Github. You can find a preliminary version clicking here.


The third day will be dedicated to practical session and open space discussions. Three main subjects will be identified during the meeting. Two cultural heritage sites will be visited: Olimje Monastery and Podsreda Castle. On each site the use of equipment and data acquisition exercise will be presented and the discussion on various aspects of digital heritage related to visited sites will be organized.

The Workshop aims to introduce the audience in the current state of the 3D documentation in CH. Through practical session; the participants will be introduced into the most common techniques in 3D documentation of CH (photogrammetry, laser scanner, structured light scanner) and software. Additionally, the workshop has the goal to enhance the skills of the audience and create a young scientist space for debating and exchange of ideas, knowledge and trace future research and technological directions.


All speakers will be given 10 minutes to present their research work to the audience as well as additional 2-3 minutes for fruitful discussion

Opening Sessions

Eleanor E. Fink

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From Virtual Databases to LOD Clouds: The Quest for Universal Access to DCH

Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou

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Digital Heritage for Creative and Sustainable Communities

Alex Ya-ning Yen

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Asian-European Digital Cultural Heritage Network

Teo Hrvoje Oršanič

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Sustainable preservation of natural and cultural heritage-seeking for synergy

Pater Ernest Benko

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Sustainable preservation of natural and cultural heritage-seeking for synergy