| Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservation - ARIS09
International course in architectural conservation, heritage recording,
and information management
Dates: 2 September – 2 October 2009
Place: Rome, Italy
Good conservation decisions are made with knowledge of the significance, history, past interventions, and current conditions of cultural resources. This international course on architectural records, inventories, and information systems for the conservation of cultural heritage will address the needs, methodology, and techniques for acquiring and using this knowledge. The course will draw upon the vast wealth of cultural material in Rome and will be taught by leading experts in the field. Records, inventories, and information management tools are continuously being developed and must be considered as a fundamental part of the conservation process.
The ARIS09 Course aims to improve architectural conservation practice by:
- approaching architectural records and information management as tools in conservation for planning, practice, access and dissemination;
- reviewing the theory of documentation and recording and its relation to specific situations;
- encouraging appropriate methodologies and tools for recording, documentation, inventories and information management;
- addressing recording practice based on specific case studies;
- promoting discussion among specialists in these fields;
- enabling participants to transmit documentation knowledge and skills to those in their home countries.
TThe course will feature a range of learning strategies that will draw upon participants’ own professional knowledge while adding new information and skills through readings, discussions, and a number of collaborative practical exercises. The course will include a required preparatory phase prior to arrival at ICCROM. This preparatory phase will allow participants to increase their background knowledge in key topic areas through readings and exercises that they will undertake while in their home countries. The course will be structured around three main blocks of knowledge, through four weeks of study, on specific matters relating to:
- Architectural Records: theory and practice for generating records will include direct, topographic, GPS, photogrammetric, and 3D laser scanning techniques, and archival research (historic, archaeological, structural, condition);
- Inventories: the course will stress the notion of ‘inventory’ as the core element of information systems to be able to establish links between the various aspects and fields relating to architectural documentation processes;
- Information Systems: planning, practice, access and dissemination of information (computer graphics, multimedia) will be emphasized, in particular principles, design and management of records in data base systems (GIS) and methods to process architectural records and related information.
This international course is designed for a maximum of 18 conservation professionals. The course will be for conservators, architects, planners, engineers, archaeologists, historians, topographers, photogrammetrists, surveyors, cartographers, documentalists, and other conservation professionals involved in the field of recording, documentation and inventories through information management systems.
Candidates are required to provide evidence of computer knowledge in the use of software for: Internet access, database management, CAD-based graphic tools, and digital image management.
Preference will be given to candidates working in positions in which they can share, transmit and disseminate the skills and information gained during the course. Preference will also be given to applicants from ICCROM Member States.
Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having both practical/theoretical experience and knowledge in training. They will represent a broad international perspective in their fields of expertise.
Working language: The official language of the course will be English. Participants are required to certify proficiency knowledge of the official language.
Certificate: A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.
Course fee: 900 € (Euro).
Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Rome and their accommodation and living expenses during the course. Participants should plan for a minimum allowance of Euros 1500 for living expenses. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. ICCROM may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding.
Please fill out the ICCROM application form and send it together with a full professional Curriculum Vitae (in English) to the contact address below: Email applications are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.
ARIS 09 Course
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153 ROME RM, ITALY
Tel (+39) 06 585531
Fax (+39) 06 58553349
E-mail: aris09course (at) iccrom.org
Applications should reach ICCROM by 16 February 2009 to ensure inclusion in our selection process