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Innovative Digital Documentation of Buddhist Monastery Treasures with Smartphones

Ann Shaftel
Treasure Caretaker Training

Lecture Details
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
4:15-5:15pm *embedded in the class INFO 6150: History of the Book
Room 5001, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

Abstract: Himalayan Buddhist monks and nuns are learning how to document their own monastery treasures...on their smartphones! Digital documentation is a way to protect and preserve monastery treasures from earthquake, theft, fire, flood, political upheaval and other dire threats. Through images of Himalayan monasteries, this talk reveals how the monks and nuns are learning to document, what they are documenting, where, and...why. Documentation in traditional cultures can be met with resistance, and this illustrated lecture presents research into cultural adaptation of collections management procedures in times of threat.

Biography: Ann Shaftel is a Fellow of International Institute of Conservation, a Fellow of American Institute of Conservation, member of Canadian Association of Professional Conservators, and member of ICOM. She is Adjunct Scholar with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University. Ann works internationally for cultural, governmental, and military sectors, archives, museums, universities, and monasteries. She works hands-on in conservation of paintings and textiles, as well as organizing and teaching educational workshops in conservation. The Treasure Caretaker Training Digital Monastery Project, launched by Ann in 2014, won the Digital  Empowerment Foundation, and ENorthEast awards for innovation is use of digital technology in cultural heritage preservation. Ann conducts archival and museum assessments internationally.

Kim Humes, BPR
Administrative Assistant
School of Information Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Tel: 902.494.3656
Fax: 902.494.2451
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