Digital Media and the Challenge of Safeguarding Cultural Heritage: New Ways of Knowing About Our Past
June 9, 2016
What are new technologies doing to inform us about the past? How are they applied? Which controversies arise? How do we make them accessible to the public? NYU Washington, DC welcomed experts from both American and European corporations who are developing new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to track and protect cultural heritage.
The program featured presentations from Dr. Niccolò Caderni, Andrés Serrano, Shayna Skolnik, and James Blake Wiener, followed by a conversation about the possibilities for the reconstruction, study, diffusion and appreciation of cultural heritage.
Dr. Alexander Nagel, Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, moderated the discussion.
This symposium was organized by SPAIN arts & culture, the cultural program at the Embassy of Spain across the United States, and is part of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Protecting Our Heritage series.
Dr. Niccolò Caderni, Chairman, ETT Solutions Ltd. - "Virtually Yours: How Technology Can Personalize and Transform the Visitor's Journey"
Niccolò Caderni is Chairman at ETT Solutions Ltd. The recipient of the 1978 Award of the Italian Physical Society for his research on General Relativity, Dr Caderni has held academic positions at Cambridge University, the University of California, and the University of Pavia, among others. In the mid 1980s, Niccolo developed an interest in the then nascent field of technology transfer, and followed a new calling as a technology strategist. He has been a senior investment banker at Bankers Trust International, a Managing Director at Phillips, then the third largest auction house in the world, and a Senior Advisor to the Bentinck Thyssen family. He also served on the Board of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. In 1997, Dr. Caderni co-founded IPG AG, a technology incubator with a portfolio of new media companies focusing on the delivery of digital content, and in 2000 was elected Chairman of the Board of Webiz Holding BV, the private equity fund of the Italian utility giant ENEL, Europe’s second largest energy provider. From 2005 onwards, Dr. Caderni has contributed to a number of initiatives leveraging his interest and experience in technology, private equity, art collecting, and the fostering of innovation. Mr. Caderni is a Trustee of the Chelsea Academy Foundation and is Chairman of ETT Solutions Ltd, a company offering multimedia services to museums and cultrual venues. He is also a director of Unit9, a leading digital agency, and serves as an advisor to a number of financial institutions.
Shayna Skolnik, CEO and Co-founder of Navteca - "Access, Bandwidth, Collaboration: The ABC's of How Technology Enables the Safekeeping of Our Cultural Heritage"
Shayna Skolnik is CEO and Co-founder of Navteca. As Navteca’s chief executive officer, Shayna is responsible for Navteca’s day-to- day-operations, as well as leading the company’s business development and long-term strategy. She graduated summa cum laude from Towson University in Maryland and has over 18 years of professional experience. Shayna is adept at forming strategic partnerships and relationships in the private and public sector and bridging the gap between highly technical staff and the business needs of the client. Shayna was selected as a Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leader for 2015. Shayna leads the Programa Jovenes workforce initiative with Spain, and founded and leads the Science and Technology Committee for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Navteca is a woman-owned technology company focusing on emerging technologies and IT innovation, like the cloud and virtual reality.
Andrés Serrano, Founding partner of IMAGEEN - "Reliving History! We Invite You to Join a Journey in Time"
Andrés Serrano is a founding partner of IMAGEEN, a leading Spanish company in the development, implementation and operation of virtual reality services in cultural tourism. Serrano is also the CEO of Structuralia, a leading international training school, specializing in the fields of Engineering, Infrastructure, Services and Energy. Prior to this, he helped define the business model and investment analysis of OHL (company founder of Structuralia), where he worked for a year as an Investment Manager (2001). Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in Arthur Andersen for almost two years (1998-2000).
Serrano graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1998 from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He also received an executive MA in e-business at Universidad de Alcalá and a MA in Infrastructures Management (E.O.I). He is currently studying philosophy and finishing a degree in History (UNED).
James Blake Wiener, Co-Founder; Communications Director, Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) - "A Game of Tag Can Help Cultural Heritage"
James Blake Wiener is a Co-Founder and the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) – the world’s largest and most visited e-resource for ancient history. Committed to fostering increased awareness of the ancient world, while still retaining his pronounced Arabist, Middle Eastern, early modernist inclinations, James joined AHE’s team in 2011. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor and former radio co-host, James is a writer, editor, and public relations professional who is keenly interested in cross-cultural exchange, historical literacy, and Islamic fundamentalism. James received his MA in World History and BA, magna cum laude, in History at New York University.
Meet the Moderator
Alexander Nagel is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Originally from Berlin, Germany, Nagel received an MA from Humboldt University Berlin in 2003, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2010. He is supporting the work of communities who preserve heritage sites and document the illicit trade in antiquities, and has lectured on the heritage preservation of Yemen, Greece, Iran and the Middle East worldwide.
This program was made possible through the collaborative efforts of these organizations