Call for Papers – Extended to September 23rd


VHN Ireland Conference, 8-10 December 2016
CACSSS, School of English, Digital Humanities Lab, University College Cork

Call for Papers

The VHN: Ireland 2016 organising committee has extended invites  for papers, posters and interactive presentations relating to all aspects of Irish cultural heritage.  This year’s themes include but are not limited to

  • Digitising Cultural Heritage;
  • Representing Data;
  • Engaging with New Technologies and Methods;

We welcome projects which include co-operation between public and private bodies as well as public engagement and Citizen Science aspects.

Topics to be discussed this year may include but are not limited to:

  • 3D Data Capture and Representation
  • Visualisation and Interaction
  • Analysis and Interpretation
  • Theoretical issues, Ethics, Debates and Challenges
  • Policy and standards
  • Applications of Virtual Heritage
  • The Role of Social Media in Digital Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development


Abstracts for Oral Presentation

Submitted abstracts should not exceed 600 words and should be necessarily accompanied by 2-4 images that adequately illustrate the content of your talk. The abstract should include the aims of your research/project, the methods used and the outcomes. Where appropriate, you can also add citations to relevant published work. The abstract should also be accompanied by a brief bio note of all authors and a short description of the topic (max. 100 words) to be used in the conference’s programme.  

Abstracts for Posters

Submitted abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be necessarily accompanied by 1-2 images that adequately illustrate the content of your poster. Alternatively you can send a draft version of your poster in pdf or jpg format. The abstract or poster should also be accompanied by a brief bio note of the all authors and a short description of the topic (max. 100 words) to be used in the conference’s programme.

Abstracts for PechaKucha 20×20

Submissions are invited for short (6m40s) presentations on project ideas/industry issues/current trends or any virtual heritage other topic that ties into the themes of the conference. Submitted abstracts should include a clear description of the content of your presentation (250 words) and will ideally include a sample (image, video, audio etc.) of your intended content.  The abstract should also be accompanied by a brief bio note of all authors and a short description of the topic (max. 50 words) to be used in the conference’s programme.  


All proposals should be submitted in word (.doc, .docx) or pdf format using this form Completed submission forms should be send to our submissions and reviewing coordinators at before 23th September 2016

Please note: Acceptance to the conference is subject to positive review by the VHN: Ireland 2016 organizing committee. Also, full papers submitted for publication (printed/E-book or other non-conventional form of publication) after the conference will be reviewed by at least two members of the reviewing committee in a double blind process who will assess its merits for publication.

Format of Presentations

Oral Presentations

The submission form will give you an option to choose between traditional presentation format or a PechaKucha presentation.

  • Traditional Presentation:

Presentations in PowerPoint or other presentation software/platform up to a maximum of 10 minutes followed by presentation-specific questions from the audience and a panel discussion at the end of each thematic section or the end of the session.

  • PechaKucha:

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.  Presentations of 6m 40s to speak on a topic, make an argument, and/or present a problem facing virtual heritage. Presentations will be held before breaks to encourage discussion. A panel discussion will be held during the final discussion to allow  further discussion on all PechaKucha topics.

Each session will be chaired by an expert in the field who will also act as the discussant at the end of each session, commenting on the papers and initiating discussion with the audience. For this reason, all participants are required to send out their presentations (text and slides) at least 10 days before the event.   

  • Posters

A poster session will provide an opportunity for preliminary work to be presented and discussed directly with an individual or a research team.

  • Interactive Presentations and Other Non-conventional Forms of Presentation

An interactive project exhibition will provide an opportunity for demonstrations of virtual heritage work showcasing your work.  This presentation is designed to promote the work of Early stage researchers and students with research ideas and/or preliminary research. SME’s and Cultural Institutions are also invited to submit research or community based projects with strong interactive elements.  


Registration Fees

Registration fees (full: 30/ unemployed/low income: €15) include attendance at conference sessions, conference bags, coffee breaks, light lunch, wine reception and one year membership at VHN: Ireland. Registration fees do not include the conference dinner (optional), accommodation, and workshop attendance. Participation to the 3D recording workshop (see below) costs 40. Registration will open on the 4th September.  

VHN: Ireland 2016 intends to provide a limited number of bursaries to support students, jobseekers and unemployed researchers to participate in the conference.



VHN: Ireland 2016 will organise a workshop that will encourage participants who are using or planning to use elements of computational imaging for recording, visualising and analysing within their projects using ‘best practice’ methods. The theoretical part of the workshop will provide the fundamental concepts and processing methods applied to each technique. The workshop will be formed around four components Recording, Processing, Experimenting, Disseminating. Working in smaller groups participants will learn about each stage of a digital project gaining both theoretical and practical experience.


This section will demonstrate the techniques and differences in recording using both Photogrammetry (Structure From Motion) and Laser Scanning.  


Samples of the digital data collected during recording will be processed to a 3D mesh and participants will learn how to manage workflows from experienced practitioners.  


This element of the workshop will demonstrate a number of Hacks or Experiments which can be used in citizen science or public labs.


This section of the workshop will give practical advice on the best methods of presenting digital work using publicly accessible forms.


If you want to participate please fill in the submission form and send it to before the deadline of September 4th 2016.



Call for Exhibitors

Key Dates


We look forward to welcoming you at Cork in December

The Organising Committee of VHN: Ireland 2016