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Digital Human Sciences seminar: Restoring Notre Dame


Date: Thursday 16 February 2023

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Location: Bergsmannen in Aula Magna, Stockholm University, and Zoom

Livio De Luca from the Digital Data Working Group at CNRS, France, visits Stockholm University. He will present ongoing research related to the restoration of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Welcome to the first DHV seminar in 2023! Please note that you need to register by February 10 if you want to participate – physically or digitally – in this seminar. A Zoom link will be sent upon request. Physically, we meet in room Bergsmannen, Aula Magna where fika will be served. To register, send an e-mail to Harko Verhagen (

The title of this research seminar is “n-Dame_Heritage: n-Dimensional analysis and memorisation ecosystem for building cathedrals of knowledge in heritage science”.

Screen shot from an interactive 3D web viewer, showing the Notre Dame in Paris before the 2019 fire.
Screen shot from an interactive 3D web viewer, showing the cathedral before the 2019 fire. Photo: V. Abergel, L. De Luca/CNRS/Vassar College/GEA/Chantier scientifique Notre-Dame de Paris Ministère de la Culture.

About the seminar

The research on cultural heritage makes the confrontation between material objects and multidisciplinary studies the arena for the production of collective knowledge. In the digital age, this is then a privileged framework for studying the collective analysis and interpretation of facts, objects and phenomena that bring together a new generation of data towards the construction of new scientific and cultural resources – our tomorrow’s heritage. How can one memorise these bundles of individual gazes converging on the same object of study? How can one analyse their dynamics of construction, of overlap and of fusion leading to new knowledge?

Our project introduces a new field – a territory of multidisciplinary and multidimensional digitally born data – as raw material for studying the mechanisms of knowledge production in cultural heritage. Introducing a pioneering approach in computational modelling and digitisation, this project benefits from the exceptional experimental framework of the scientific worksite on Notre-Dame de Paris (involving today 175 researchers coming from disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, architecture, history, chemistry, physics and computer science) to build an emblematic corpus of data on scientific practices in heritage science, in the digital age.

By introducing and experimenting next generation methods and tools for the semantic-driven data production and analysis, we aim to shift the cursor of digitisation, from the physical object to the knowledge for understanding it, in order to analyse the interdependence between its complex features and the related knowledge objects built by scholars through their research practices.


About the speaker

Portrait photo of Livio De Luca, CNRS, France.
Livio De Luca. Photo: Frédérique Plas/MAP/CNRS Photothèque.

Livio De Luca is research director at CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research) and director of CNRS/MC-MAP (Models and simulations for Architecture and Cultural Heritage) unit. He is also the General Co-chair of the UNESCO/IEEE/EG DigitalHeritage international congress (Marseille 2013, Grenade 2015) and coordinator and member of international (FP7, Marie-Curie, H2020) actions. His research activities focus on surveying, geometric modelling and semantic enrichment of digital representations of heritage objects.
More info on Livio De Luca

This seminar is part of the ongoing series organized by the DHV-hub, working with Digital Human Sciences at Stockholm University.
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