Digital Heritage events at the Guildhall, Derry, 11th and 12th October

These two digital heritage events were organised in conjunction with the FabLab NI (http://www.fablabni.com/) and the Carare network (http://www.carare.eu/).

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At the first event secondary school students from the local area had the opportunity to gain hands on experience of digitally recording heritage objects and producing 3D prints. They had the opportunity to create 3D models of each other using digital cameras and computer software. The students also used virtual reality headsets to experience how heritage data could be reused by the gaming industry.

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The Upcycle Digital Heritage event which took place the next day, Wednesday 12th October, aimed to bring together people from the culture, education, tourism and creative industries sectors to discuss ways of using and re-using cultural heritage digital content.

There were key-note presentations from experts in the field - Dr Stuart Jeffrey of the Glasgow School of Art, Antonella Fresa of Promoter, Dr Danielle O'Donovan of the Irish Heritage Trust and Niall O HOisin of Noho. Each presentation provoked lively discussion sessions as participants thought about and discussed topics such as how digital heritage can be used to engage with communities and respond to their priorities for their local heritage and how to design learning and museum experiences which really stimulate people's interest. During the day the results from digitisation projects were also presented.

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