CFP: User Experience Design in Archaeology and Heritage

CAA International Conference in Kraków, Poland, 23-27 April, 2019

·      Are you designing digital resources for different archaeological users – specialists and wider audiences alike?
·      Do you deploy – or do you want to deploy – methods from the UX (user experience) and participatory design fields?
·      What workflows do you follow in iteratively developing your digital outputs? How are end users and stakeholders involved throughout these workflows?
·      What evaluation methodologies are you using to assess the successes and failures of your digital work with diverse audiences?Please join us to explore these questions (and more!) in our Roundtable Session #S36 on User Experience Design in Archaeology & Cultural Heritage at the CAA International Conference in Kraków, Poland, 23-27 April, 2019.We welcome all contributors who are working to integrate archaeological/heritage data and digital platforms into experiences that are truly tailored to the needs and expectations of their users.We seek to discuss your iterative methodologies, your users’ experiences, and your lessons-learned in order to refine user experience design models & toolkits for the archaeology and heritage sector.

The full abstract for our session is pasted below. This is a discussion-focused session and papers should be ‘flash’ in nature – i.e., no more than 10 minutes – and will be pre-circulated to allow us to delve into specifics during moderated discussion periods.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday 10 October 2018.

To apply: Submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, excluding session title, author names, affiliations, and email addresses as well as 3 – 5 keywords. Please go to the CAA conference website (https://ocs.caaconference.org/index.php?conference=caa&schedConf=CAA2019&page=schedConf&op=cfp) to log-in and submit your paper abstract. You will need to log-in by going to User Home, clicking on CAA 2019 and then looking for the Submission link at the bottom of the page under the Conference Information header. You can select our session #S36 from the Track drop-down menu.

This roundtable is part of the EU COST ACTION network ARKWORK: https://www.arkwork.eu/For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Francesca Dolcetti ([email protected]), me ([email protected]) or Rachel Opitz ([email protected]).

We hope you can join us!

User Experience Design in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CAA conference, Session 36)

Francesca Dolcetti (University of York)
Rachel Opitz (University of Glasgow)
Sara Perry (University of York)

Despite the widespread dissemination of digital tools and applications in both archaeology and heritage, relatively little is known about their real effectiveness and impact on diverse audiences (specialists and lay publics alike). A new iterative design workflow, involving end users and stakeholders from the outset, as well as an accompanying design evaluation methodology, may open new avenues for engagement while, at once, constructively influencing our research objectives and epistemologies.

In this Roundtable session, we seek to bring together a multidisciplinary group looking at different aspects of archaeological knowledge production to discuss theoretical and methodological issues in the field of participatory design and user experience, and to foster a critical understanding of how this knowledge is used and its social impact. Our aim is to convene researchers and practitioners in a dialogue that is focused on examples of interdisciplinary co-creation and user testing of Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Realities (AR, VR, and MR) and related digitally-mediated experiences for museums, archaeological and cultural heritage sites, and varied teaching and research contexts. We are particularly interested in practical experiences around how to integrate archaeological data, storytelling and digital platforms to create experiences truly tailored to the needs and expectations of users.

The format of this Roundtable is a series of flash position papers (10 minutes maximum) followed by periods of moderated discussion. The session concludes with an open floor discussion and a wrap-up report summarising the discussion and suggesting follow-up activities. Position papers will be submitted in advance to the session chairs and shared with all panelists. The session welcomes participants from different sectors including but not limited to digital humanities, archaeology, museology, design research and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).


Training School 2018 – Announcement

ARKWORK action working group 2 is holding a 5-day training school on the topic of archaeological collections in a digital environment in Sarajevo from 17-21 September 2018. The school is hosted by International Burch University https://www.ibu.edu.ba/en/about/about-burch.html) located at Ilidza, suburb of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (http://www.sarajevo-tourism.com/).

During the training school led by international experts, participants from 17 different countries study processes of creating, organising, managing and exploring archaeological collections in a digital environment, and learn how to examine, evaluate and use different state-of-the art methods and tools to work with archaeological collections. They examine how archaeologists create digital objects and documents in different contexts, how they integrate these diverse and scattered knowledge sources, and how these insights can be used to inform the development of the state-of-the-art and practical management of the work with archaeological collections. They also get hands-on experience in using software tools for the analysis of digital archaeological collections. Finally, the participants examine how this archaeological knowledge work can be disseminated to different stakeholder groups.

Preliminary program

 

DayDateActivity
Monday17.09.2018Introduction; Trainees’ research interests and topics
Tuesday18.09.2018Documentation practices in digital environment; Museum visit
Wednesday19.09.2018Archaeological knowledge organisation in dig. env.; Museum visit
Thursday20.09.2018Archaeological knowledge production from digital data; Museum visit
Friday21.09.2018Final discussions; Conclusion

 

Saturday, 22.09.2018 – Optional excursion to Radimlja, Stolac https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1504


COST Action COST-ARKWORK CA15201 Training School 2018 - Call for Trainees

Theme: Studying archaeological collections in the digital environment
Date & Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17-21 September 2018 (5 days)
Local Host: International Burch University, www.ibu.edu.ba
Venue: International Burch University, Francuske revolucije bb., 71210 Ilidza, Canton
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

About this Training School

The training school aims to get participants acquainted with the process of creating,
organising, managing and exploring archaeological collections in digital environment, and
learn how to examine, evaluate and use different state-of-the art methods and tools to work
with archaeological collections. During the training school, participants will examine how
archaeologists create digital objects and documents in different contexts, how they integrate
these diverse and scattered knowledge sources, and how these insights can be used to inform
the development of the state-of-the-art and practical management of the work with
archaeological collections. They will also get hands-on experience in using software tools for
the analysis of digital archaeological collections. Finally, the participants will examine how
this archaeological knowledge work can be disseminated to different stakeholder groups.

Download the Call here

Call for trainees


The call for contributions to a special JCAA issue on Digital Scholarship in archaeology is now open!

Special Issue on Digital Scholarship in archaeology

The call for contributions to a special JCAA issue on Digital Scholarship in archaeology is now open!

The JCAA is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal, featuring papers in all the disciplines related to digital archaeology, including 3D modelling, spatial analysis and remote sensing, geophysics, other field recording techniques, databases and semantic web, statistics and data mining, simulation modelling, network analysis and digital reconstructions of the past.

This prospective JCAA special issue aims to facilitate discussion on the theoretical and philosophical aspects of digital scholarship in archaeology as well as the implications of the use of digital technologies and computational methods across the extent of the archaeological knowledge chain: from discovery, through observation, explanation, and dissemination. How are research, synthesis, practice, and teaching within archaeology mediated and transformed by digital approaches?

Deadlines: June 15th (abstracts), December 31st (full papers)

More info here.


ARKWORK represented at the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries conference, Helsinki

Our poster on display in the DHN2018 poster session, on 9th March in Tiedekulma, University of Helsinki

Last week saw the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries conference 2018 (DHN2018), hosted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. The event attracted delegates from the Nordic nations and beyond, including other parts of Europe and from further afield too. ARKWORK displayed our Network poster as part of the poster session held on Friday 9th March.

To see highlights and updates from the conference, search for the hashtag #DHN2018 on Twitter.


Workshop "Methods for Investigating Archaeological Practices and Knowledge Work" and MC Meeting in Seville

On the 15. and 16. January we held a workshop in Seville to discuss methods for investigating archaeological practices and knowledge work. We also had time for an MC meeting and working group meetings. The event was hosted by the Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla.


Workshop "What are archaeological practices" in Aveiro

On the 5. and 6. October we met in beautiful Aveiro to discuss what archaeological practices are and to meet in the working grops. The event was hosted by the University of Aveiro. Here you can find two of the insightful presentations that we heard in the workshop.

 

ARKWORK-Aveiro-Handout – Prof. Isto Huvila

Digital Archaeological Practices – Dr. Jeremy Huggett


COST Action COST-ARKWORK CA15201 Training School 2017 - Call for Trainees

Theme: Studying Archaeological fieldwork, knowledge production, and the digital environment

Date & Location: Athens, Greece,  6.-10. Nov 2017 (5 days)

Local Host: Digital Curation Unit/Athena Research Centre, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Association of Greek Archaeologists

Venue: Association of Greek Archaeologists

About this Training School

The training school aims to get participants acquainted with the goals, theories, concepts and methods of the study of archaeological practices, by examining state-of-the-art digital field methods and how these have changed archaeological knowledge production in science and heritage management. During the training school we will explore how archaeologists are conducting fieldwork and how they document their work and findings in different countries and contexts. We will further examine how this analysis of archaeological knowledge work can contribute to developing fieldwork practices and the use and usability of archaeological findings by different stakeholder groups.

Download the Call here:

Call for Trainees

Acropolis view from the training school site


Storify of the COST-ARKWORK Vilnius meeting now live

We have produced a Storify story of the Tweets from the Management Committee and Working Group workshops of ARKWORK, that were held last week at Vilnius University.

The Storify summary can be found through this link.

We aim to Storify future events and meetings. Remember also to search for the hashtag #costarkwork through social media to find quickly updates of recent activities, research and other relevant news.

Vilnius in winter. By Mantas Volungevicius, image licensed under cc-by-2.0.

COST-ARKWORK meeting in Vilnius

Photo by Rimvydas LauzikasCOST-ARKWORK is organising a joint meeting of all working groups, exploratory workshops for WG3 and WG4 for mapping the issues pertaining to the topics of these two groups, and a management committee meeting for the action in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event is hosted by the Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University.

Meeting in social media

Keynote presentations