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DCH 508: Developing and Designing the Digital Tools of Tomorrow






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Course Description and Aims

The course will discuss the topic of how and what will be the contribution of digital tools for the CH research and communication. Particular topics of major interest will be the presentation of assessment and evaluation methods of the possible impact of various technologies, existing and designing best practices and guidelines and introduction of existing charters and in the field and their discussion upon their applicability in various projects. The course will survey innovative technologies and market offer of software and related methodological and theoretical approaches and will discuss their implementation and adoption in the CH field, as well as the possibility of designing new digital tools for CH.

This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:


Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.    Introduction to charters: London Charter, Ename charter, charter of Parma, etc.
2.    Assessment methods on the impact of new technologies in the research of Ch.
3.    Evaluation of the design methodology and digital outcomes for public outreach of CH.
4.    Survey of guidelines and best practices in the use of digital technologies in CH.
5.    Evaluation methods on the impact of new technologies in the CH domain.
6.    Innovative technologies and their applicability to CH.
7.    Student presentations
8.    Student presentations

Discussion-based Seminar Topics (meetings will be scheduled during the semester with the participation of guest lecturers and experts)
1.    Innovative technologies for public outreach.
2.    Adoption and adaptation versus design development of new technologies for CH.


Grade Distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class


Selected bibliography

  • Barbara J. Little, Paul A. Shackel, Archaeology as a tool of civic engagement, Rowman Altamira, 2007.
  • James C. McDavid, Laura R. L. Hawthorn, Program Evaluation & Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice, SAGE, 2005.
  • Vladimir Geroimenko, Chaomei Chen (eds.), Visualizing the semantic web, Springer, 2006.
  • Gardin, J-CL. 1990. The structure of archaeological theories. In Studies in Modern Archaeology Vol 3. Mathematics and Information Science in Archaeology: A Flexible Framework. Bonn, 7–25.
  • Gardin, J-CL. 2002. Archaeological discourse, conceptual modelling and digitalisation: An interim report of the logicist program. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA).
  • Gettier, E. 1963. ‘Is justified true belief knowledge? Analysis. 23, 121–123.
  • Guido Governatori , Michael J. Maher , Grigoris Antoniou , David Billington, Argumentation Semantics for Defeasible Logic, Journal of Logic and Computation, v.14 n.5, p.675-702, October 2004.
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi , Heinrich Herre , Gerd Wagner, On the General Ontological Foundations of Conceptual Modeling, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, p.65-78, October 07-11, 2002