New York Times: 52 Places, Virtually

New York Times: 52 Places, Virtually. “When we published our list of 52 places to visit in 2020 three months ago, no one could have guessed how much our world would change. And now, given our stay-at-home circumstances, we’d like to invite you on a series of virtual journeys: You can wander into the belly of an Egyptian pyramid, explore the house where Mozart was born, or fly over the rocky peaks of Glacier National Park.”

Condé Nast Traveler: Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites

Condé Nast Traveler: Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites. “The project, called ‘Heritage on the Edge,’ uses 3D mapping and other photo tools to capture images of World Heritage Sites that can be used for conservation support and raising awareness with tourists and the general public. Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru.”

CNN: Senior US officials say there is widespread opposition within the Trump administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran

CNN: Senior US officials say there is widespread opposition within the Trump administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran. “Two senior US officials on Sunday described widespread opposition within the administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran should the United States launch retaliatory strikes against Tehran, despite President Donald Trump saying a day before that such sites are among dozens the US has identified as potential targets.”

The Conversation: From Shark Bay seagrass to Stone Age Scotland, we can now assess climate risks to World Heritage

The Conversation: From Shark Bay seagrass to Stone Age Scotland, we can now assess climate risks to World Heritage. “Climate change is the fastest-growing global threat to World Heritage. However, no systematic approach to assess the climate vulnerability of each particular property has existed – until now. Our newly developed tool, the Climate Vulnerability Index, was showcased this week at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. This CVI provides a systematic way to rapidly assess climate risks to all types of World Heritage properties – natural, cultural and mixed.”

CBR: University of Bradford Uses HPC System to Build 3D Models of Lost Heritage Sites

CBR: University of Bradford Uses HPC System to Build 3D Models of Lost Heritage Sites. “Archaeology researchers at the University of Bradford are using a combination of crowd sourcing and its first high performance computing (HPC) system to create 3D models of historical landmarks which have been severely damaged or completely destroyed.”

Pacific Standard: Rising Sea Levels Are A Threat To World Heritage Sites

Pacific Standard: Rising Sea Levels Are A Threat To World Heritage Sites. “New research finds that rising sea levels due to climate change will put dozens of World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean region at increased risk of flooding and erosion—threats many of the sites are already facing.”

Mundaneum: The Belgian Archive That Anticipated The Internet (The Independent)

The Independent: Mundaneum: The Belgian Archive That Anticipated The Internet. “Down a narrow cobbled street in Mons, a small medieval town in south Belgium, there is an archive that claims to hold all the world’s knowledge – on paper. At least, that was the original premise of the Mundaneum, also known as the paper Google, the proto-Wikipedia and even the precursor to the internet itself.”

Babylon and its treasures: preserving an ancient city (The Keyword)

The Keyword: Babylon and its treasures: preserving an ancient city. “Today, World Monuments Fund has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture to bring you Preserving Iraq’s Heritage, an online exhibit showcasing the unique stories of Iraq’s endangered heritage sites and the extraordinary efforts to preserve them. WMF has collected information about the sites, using never-before-seen 3D models, drone footage, interviews, and other media, and now, with today’s exhibit launch, anyone, anywhere, can experience these remarkable places, including sites previously known to only a few.”

The Jordan Times: New geodatabase of Jordan’s heritage sites under development — official

The Jordan Times:
New geodatabase of Jordan’s heritage sites under development — official
. “A new version of the Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) Jordan is under development to serve as a user-friendly web-based geospatial information system on the country’s archaeological and heritage sites, according to a senior government official. The new version, called ‘Arches Jordan’, will provide researchers and the public with coordinates and data on all of Jordan’s registered archaeological sites, buildings, structures, landscapes and heritage ensembles or districts, the official said.”

Alamo Mission Gets A New Web Site

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas has a new Web site. “The General Land Office (GLO) set out to create a website that raised the bar on the typical state government website and push the boundaries of tourism web design. The resulting website features full-screen video, interactive features and other rich content to entice and excite prospective visitors of all ages.”