Digital Cultural Heritage India


The lead organisation in India is the American Institute of Indian Studies which was established in India in 1961. More than 200,000 images of Indic art and architecture in its Center for Art and Archaeology are being digitised with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. A sample has already been transformed into Linked Data; it will be virtually integrated with CLAROS and ResearchSpace and could be linked with historical photographs in the Archaeological Survey of India and the India Archive of the British Library. Another group of sample data is being prepared by the City Palace Museum in Udaipur in collaboration with The Museum System which is used by museums and collections around the world. While the City Palace brings object and conservation data Udaipur brings the environmental and commercial challenges of living in a heritage city – challenges also faced by Oxford.


Delhi, Archaeological Survey of India    4-5 April 2016


Meetings were held in the Red Fort, Delhi.


The opening celebration candle.


From left to right, Dr Sanjay Manjul, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeoloigcal Survey of India,  welcomes Dominic Oldman (Director of ResearchSpace)                                                                          

















 and Professor Donna Kurtz (Director of Digital Cultural Heritage.  with Pradeep Mehendiratta, former Director General of the American Institute of Indian Studies, Delhi Gurgaon

Participants of the Mapping Workshop.





Udaipur, City Palace   7-8 April 2016



Meetings were held in the City Palace, Udaipur. A MoU was signed between The Cultural Heritage Programme, University of Oxford, Indian Heritage Cities Network supported by UNESCO, and the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation.


The Mou as reported in The Udaipur Times


The Maharana of Mewar (centre) hosts cocktails to celebrate the the signing.




Digital Cultural Heritage India  14-17 September 2015


Meetings took place in the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre.

From left to right - Dr R S Fonia (Joint Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India), Dr Vandana Sinha (Director of the American Institute of Indian Studies' Centre for Archaeology and Art), Dr Mr. Srinivas Gotru (Minister(Culture) & Director, The Nehru Centre, Cultural Wing of High Commission of India), Sabina Bailey (Shriji's Secretariat, London, Eternal Mewar), Loren Griffith (Director of International Strategy, University of Oxford), Professor Donna Kurtz (Director Digital Cultural Heritage), and Parmod Jain (Indian Aministrative Service, Delhi). 



Programme for Digital Cultural Heritage India


Digital Cultural Heritage, India

16-18 September 2015

University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre




Wednesday, 16 September 10:00-12:30 Welcome


Mr. Loren Griffith, Director of International Strategy, University of Oxford India and the University

Professor Donna Kurtz, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University e-Research Centre, Director, The Cultural Heritage Programme and Digital Cultural Heritage [view presentation]

Dr. Vandana Sinha, Director, Center for Art and Archaeology, American Institute of Indian Studies in Delhi, and National Coordinator of Digital Cultural Heritage, India [view presentation]

Mr. Pramod Jain, Joint Secretary, Museum Division, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Museums of India [view presentation]

HRH Padmaja Kumari Mewar, A dynasty's custodianship of heritage

Mr Srinivas Gotru, Minister of Culture, Indian High Commission and Director of the Nehru Centre, London 


11:30     Coffee

12:00-12:30 Panel discussion chaired by Mr. Loren Griffith


Wednesday, 16 September 14:30-17:00 Management, conservation and digital technologies


Dr. Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Heritage management

Ms. Isobel Hughes, Director of Conservation, Estates, University of Oxford University, Conservation in the University  

Ms. Debbie Dance, Director of Oxford Preservation Trust, City of Oxford  [view presentation]

Dr Shikha Jain, Director of DRONAH (Development and Research Organization for Nature, Arts and Heritage), Indian Heritage Cities Network [view presentation]


16:00     Tea

16:30-17:00 Panel discussion chaired by Dr. Pegram Harrison



Thursday 17 September 10-1230 Digital technologies and cultural heritage


Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Museums and Collections and Chief Information Officer, University of Oxford, Digital cultural heritage [view presentation]

Professor David de Roure, Director of the University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre, Heritage Big Data  [view presentation]

Professor Donna Kurtz for Sebastian Rahtz, Chief Data Architect, University of Oxford, CLAROS, a Linked Data pilot [view presentation]

Mr. Dominic Oldman, Director of ResearchSpace, British Museum, Opening, linking and sharing data about tangible and intangible heritage [view presentation]



11:30-12:00 Coffee

12:00-12:30 Panel discussion chaired by Professor Trefethen


Thursday 17 September 14:30-17:00 Applying new technologies


Dr Vandana Sinha, Director, The Center for Art and Archaeology, American Institute of Indian Studies, Digital photographic archives 

Dominic Oldman, India Archives and Linked Data 

Mr. R.S. Fonia, Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Digitizing photographic archives               

Mr. John Falconer, Lead Curator Visual Arts, British Library, The India Archive 

Dr. Ben Jeffs, Program Director, World Monument Fund, New York, Digital programmes

Dr. Shikha Jain, The City Palace Museum, Udaipur, Documenting a royal collection

Mr. Jay Hoffman, CEO of The Museum System (TMS), Challenges and opportunities


16:00-16:30 Tea

1630-1700 Panel discussion chaired by Mr. Dominic Oldman


Friday 18 September 10:00-12:30 Weston Library and Ashmolean Museum


10:00-11:00 Ashmolean Museum

Dr. Andrew Topsfield, Keeper of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum

Indian archaeology and art

11:30-12:30 Weston Library

Dr. Gillian Evison, Head of Oriental Section, Special Collections, Bodleian Library

Indian texts



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