Global Competition Results | 3rd Place | Transformational Impacts of Information Technology

Congratulations to both of our 3rd place winners of our Global Competition!

The OWH IT Global Competition was an integral part of our 2021 debates. Here are some details of our 3rd place winning projects. Two of our shortlisted submissions tied for 3rd place:

ARTIVE and The Arc/k Project: Ma’arrat al-Nu’man Museum and the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria

The Arc/k Project and the Netcher Project

Our first 3rd place winner is a collaborative team, ARTIVE and The Arc/k Project, who worked in partnership with The Day After Heritage Projection Initiative to build capacity for local Syrians to preserve heritage through digital documentation and combat illicit trade. While it was still accessible, several sections of the Ma’arrat al-Nu’man museum were successfully digitally catalogued by The Day After. Efforts have since pivoted to the World Heritage Site, Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, Syrian Arab Republic. The Arc/k Project has taught Syrians photogrammetry technique and software processing methods for digital preservation of cultural heritage in the Dead Cities and Krak des Chevaliers.

The organizations are adapting their databases and technical workflow to accommodate user needs such as literacy, language translation, and security. They will build a reproducible citizen training and engagement model for identifying and registering heritage. The capacity-building training program covers photogrammetry and digital archiving, which will benefit The Day After and other NGOs on the ground. The project team is advised by Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative; together, this initiative lies at the intersection of heritage monitoring, emergency response, illicit trade, and technology.

See more about ARTIVE and The Arc/k Project

Primate Expertise: Using Information Technology to monitor threats in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo

Primate Expertise team setting up camera traps to monitor elusive animals and criminal activity

Our other 3rd place winning project was submitted by the Primate Expertise team, led by Dr. Augustin K. Basabose. They are working in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to strengthen biodiversity conservation in the Congolese forests, home to many endemic species such as the bonobo, Grauer’s gorilla, and okapi. The primary challenges conservationists face are poaching and animal trafficking, deforestation, bush fires, and ore mining. Camera traps and drones are key technologies being used to identify and track poachers and armed groups, map illegal activities, and monitor degraded forest areas, bush fires, and unwanted cattle grazing. The captured data, downloaded daily, is being used to plan rapid interventions, inform conservation decisions, and reinforce activities that will conserve the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla and other biodiversity in KBNP. This initiative hopes to show the value of camera traps and drone imagery as bio-monitoring tools that can be implemented in other biodiverse regions.

See more about Primate Expertise


Both projects scored the same on the Global Competition’s evaluation rubric. Both project proposals:

  • include a wide range and number of community members, NGOs, and other sectors in their team;
  • use technology that are appropriate for the needs of the site;
  • meet the core aims of the OWH IT team, which are: 1) To strengthen the monitoring of World Heritage using Information Technologies; 2) To enhance multiple narratives in the interpretation and presentation of World Heritage Sites using Information Technologies;
  • clearly acknowledge the issues and challenges that might arise for their respective sites and have suggested methods for mitigation;
  • adequately describe the methods and approaches of the technology and its application;
  • address the resources, tools, and budget required to successfully implement the application.

Prizes Awarded

Announced at the Globinar 2.0 Closing Ceremony, the prizes awarded to the 3rd place teams include the following. If the technology is not applicable to the project and not used by the team, it will be offered to other teams:

  • access to scanner from Zoller + Fröhlich, training and software included, if appropriate for your project;
  • perpetual licence for RealityCapture from CapturingReality;
  • 2-year subscription with up to 5000 scans with Cintoo Cloud;
  • project featured as third place winner in the upcoming publication, Catalogue of Information Technology on Presentation and Monitoring;
  • project showcased at the World Heritage Committee meeting event in 2022;
  • invitation from ILUCIDARE for 4 participants to attend Autumn School on Built Heritage Documentation.

Thank you to our Industry Sponsors for the prizes!

Zoller + Fröhlich
World Sensing
International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO

In case you missed it, you can read about the 1st place and 2nd place posts, linked from the Transformational Impacts of Information Technology page.

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