The core of Section 106 seeks to provide the preservation of historic data for public benefit through mitigation. Common mitigation measures include “well-established, standard approaches such as archaeological data recovery (excavation) for a site or documenting a historic building that will be removed as a result of a project [and] photographic documentation may be appropriate for preserving at least some of that information.”
While both methods are tried and true, the cultural resources management community could expand mitigation initiatives to include the many emerging technologies which are becoming intertwined with our daily routines. As new means of information visualization are embraced by the general public, new opportunities to comply with the goals set out by Section 106 can be explored to ensure that the historic data being preserved under the mitigation is not only accessible to a wider audience but conveys the information in an engaging and innovative way.
Alternative and creative mitigation can be part of a broader mitigation package. Historical resources can be presented as digital assets with advantages, including reaching a broader public involvement, enhancing exposure of the project, and generating a renewed interest in supporting future preservation efforts.
Our expert presenters will provide members of the cultural resource management community with an overview of emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), digital reconstructions, interactive interfaces and downloadable apps. The webinar will review examples of the technologies, showcasing how these resources can be employed to support Section 106 compliance as alternative and creative mitigation packages.
Participants will also learn about existing and emerging visualization platforms, along with practical examples, guidelines for adopting solutions that maximize longevity of the digital assets, and best practices for recruiting service providers, organizing RFPs and RFQs.