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World leading digital conference attracts top international experts

8 October 2012

Experts from around the globe will converge in Edinburgh later this month to share cutting edge technologies that have revolutionised the visualisation and documentation of cultural heritage.

DigiDoc 2012, organised by Historic Scotland, CyArk, and the Digital Design Studio at The Glasgow School of Art, will demonstrate how diverse digital technologies can be exploited to document, interpret and showcase a remarkable range of cultural assets. This includes iconic structures such as Mount Rushmore in America, Edinburgh’s Old Town and the Queen’s Stepwell in India, which have been digitally scanned by the pioneering Scottish Ten project and will feature heavily at the event.

Now in its fourth year, DigiDoc has earned a reputation for attracting high profile speakers in divergent fields, to provide a global platform encouraging collaboration and research.

Speakers addressing the conference on October 22nd and 23rd include Disney Pixar’s global technology supervisor Gordon Cameron, whose credits feature the hugely successful computer-generated films “Brave”, “Ratatouille” and “Finding Nemo”, and renowned paleoanthropologist Dr Louise Leakey, whose life-long research into the origins of humanity is now using 3D digital technology to help share fossil finds internationally via the internet.

Welcoming the conference ahead of her opening DigiDoc address at Surgeons’ Hall, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “DigiDoc is the world’s leading digital documentation and visualisation conference focused on cultural heritage.

“The 2012 event, which has attracted speakers of international calibre, provides a forum where leading experts working in the built environment, digital media, archaeology, architecture and technology can meet under one roof and share and discuss ideas.

“The conference will help foster global collaboration in the use of digital imaging technology. These techniques are increasingly being used to investigate, record and protect the world’s irreplaceable heritage.

“The high calibre of the speakers, and the breadth of their expertise, reflects Scotland’s leading reputation in this rapidly advancing field.”

DigiDoc 2012 runs over two days and offers a wide-ranging programme which captures the reach of digital visualisation technology. Featured subjects include gigapixel imaging, interactive worlds, virtual industrial environments, and an update on the Scottish Ten project, being undertaken by the CDDV, which is scanning Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites, and five others of international importance.

Other speakers addressing DigiDoc 2012 include architect Lourdes Cerezuela, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, who will discuss the digital preservation of San Sebastian; Paul Bryan, a geospatial imagining manager working for English Heritage, examining new 3D scanning at Stonehenge; and Anthony Geffen, of 3D film producers Atlantic Productions, explaining their involvement with a project at Kew Gardens.

Notes for editors

1.Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

2.The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a world leading research and postgraduate centre of the Glasgow School of Art specialising in 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies,. It combines academic, research and commercial activities. The experts at the Digital Design Studio are currently creating the 3D scans for the widely admired Scottish 10 as a partner in the CDDV. Other areas of DDS research include medical visualization, Marine Visualization and Auralisation and sound.

3.The Scottish Ten is being undertaken by CDDV, a partnership between Historic Scotland, the experts in 3D digital scanning at the Digital Design Studio of The Glasgow School of Art, and Cyark

4.To register for media release email alerts from www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/news. If you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email hs.website@scotland.gsi.gov.uk   

5.The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through adynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

6.The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

For further information


David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805
david.gray@scotland.gsi.gov.uk