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Scotland showcases digital technology in Oklahoma

16 November 2010

Scotland’s leading innovation in conservation and digital technology will be showcased at the World Creativity Forum in Oklahoma City on 16th and 17th November.

David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Scotland and Doug Pritchard, Head of Visualisation of Glasgow’s Design Studio have been invited to present their work in digitally documenting and visualising cultural heritage. Their work came to international attention when a joint team scanned the four presidents of the United States at Mount Rushmore this year.

This is part of the Scottish Ten project which uses cutting-edge technology to create exceptionally accurate digital models of Scotland’s five UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites and five international sites.

Scotland is a member of the Districts of Creativity, a network of 12 creative and innovative areas stretching from the USA, through Europe to India and China.  The forum will bring together participants from 34 US States and 14 countries who will be focusing on a number of topics looking at creativity and innovation.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture said: “It is great to see Scotland showcase this  innovative technology on a world stage.

“This cutting-edge digital technology will help preserve important historic sites for future generations and will encourage the development of new international partnerships in the areas of culture, tourism and technology.”

Notes for editors

  • Rani Ki Vay is the next site to be scanned as part of the Scottish Ten. The historic site, knows as the Queen’s Stepwell, is located in the town of Patan, India.  Believed to date back to 1050, the well is made up of stepped terraces descending into the ground, adorned with around 400 sculptures representing a range of Hindu themes.
  • Five Unesco world heritage sites are being scanned in Scotland:
               The Antonine Wall, New Lanark, Neolithic Orkney, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Island of St Kilda

  • Five other international sites will be scanned over the next four years. The first site so far has been Mount Rushmore and others will include sites in India, China and Japan.
  • The official Scottish Ten website is
  • Watch the Mount Rushmore video at
  • Follow the Scottish Ten at
  • View Scottish Ten images at
  • View ‘Digitally Documenting Mount Rushmore’ the new 5 minute movie. To save the video, right click on the top link and select ‘Save target As’ and select where you want to save it. To view it, left click on the second link to open in QuickTime.
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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