The digital revolution is changing the ways in which people know, understand, use, and visit heritage sites. How is the World Heritage Convention addressing this historical transformation? How can collective knowledge and big data become tools for heritage conservation and foster its integration into comprehensive planning systems? How can IT support transparency in, and access to, decision-making and management processes of the Convention? How can digital technologies, including social media, promote heritage education, awareness, and support to the cultural and creative industries?
Within the theme of Transformational Impacts of Information Technology we aim to establish a robust network of organizations and professionals, and together put forth policy recommendations to the World Heritage Committee. Striving to not only inspire discourse but also action, we are exploring how we can use technology to monitor our World Heritage Sites and to present multiple narratives through various tools of interpretation. Be part of the conversation now and help it unfold in January 2021!
Our team is launching a global competition to highlight transformational uses of technology that increase community engagement in the monitoring, interpretation, and presentation of World Heritage Sites.
Join us as we look for communities across the globe to propose ways in which we can use technology to monitor World Heritage Sites and propose ways to interpret and present the history of a site to tell multiple narratives.
Let us know if you’d like to participate in the discussion and be part of the change.
We will support you along the journey as we head into January 2021.
Christina Cameron, CoordinatorUniversity of Montreal
Christina Cameron, CM, PhD, Hon. OAA, held the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage at the University of Montreal from 2005 to 2019 where she directed a research program on heritage conservation. She previously served as a heritage executive with Parks Canada for more than thirty-five years. She has worked with the World Heritage Convention since 1987, chairing the Committee in 1990 and 2008 and co-authoring Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (2013).
Mario Santana Quintero, Co-ConvenerCarleton University
Mario Santana Quintero is a full professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Carleton University) in Ottawa, Canada. He is also the Director of the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering program and faculty member of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). Besides his academic work in Canada, he is a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). Along with his academic activities, he serves as Vice President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Haifaa Abdulhalim, Co-ConvenerWorld Heritage for All
Haifaa Abdulhalim (Abedalhaleem) has worked for IUCN World Heritage Programme over a period of more than 12 years and she was the TABE’A programme manager (natural World Heritage for the Arab Region). Haifaa has extensive experience in capacity building and the provision of quality technical advice on all aspects of natural World Heritage in the region including state of conservation monitoring, protection and management, new inscriptions, strategy, interpretation and promotion, and working with local communities. Haifaa has been the driving force behind the successful Tabe’ a programme, and has an extensive knowledge of World Heritage and the Arab States regional context.