“Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road
from the Area of Modern Uzbekistan”
On May 20, 2021, the second monograph “Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road from the Area of Modern Uzbekistan” was published at the Lublin University of Technology as a result of the web-conference “The Silk Road – cultural heritage of Asia and Europe”.
3D scanning of museum objects from SamSU – The first virtual expedition of PL employees (May 2021)
Due to the world pandemic Covid-19, the 1st research expedition of employees of the Lublin University of Technology (LUT) to Uzbekistan was carried out remotely, as a virtual expedition.
Under the remote management of specialists from PL, Samarkand State University (SamSU) employees conducted 3D scanning of selected museum exhibits using the Rangevision Neo scanner. Based on the sent scan data, LUT employees made 3D models of these objects.
Web training for partners “3D scanning of small artifacts with low-cost scanners”
On April 23, 2021, the training “3D scanning of small artifacts using low-cost scanners” has started, organized remotely by the Lublin University of Technology (LUT) for employees of universities from Uzbekistan – partners in the NAWA “3D Digital Silk Road” project.
As part of the training, participants will be trained to work with the Rangevision NEO scanner, loaned to Samarkand State University (SamSU) by the Lublin University of Technology. The training includes: organization of a work place with a scanner, operation of specialized software, device calibration, implementation of the scanning process and organization of scanning data processing in SamSU by specialists from LUT.
The training is a task preceding the first expedition of LUT employees to Uzbekistan as part of the NAWA project, which due to the global Covid-19 pandemic will be carried out in May 2021 in a remote form as a virtual expedition. SamSU and LUT employees will jointly scan selected museum exhibits from the SamSU museum, and then the obtained scan data will be used by specialists from LUT to create a virtual collection of exhibits in the form of 3D models.
Uzbekistan – Echo of History
An article by Marek Miłosz (PL), Rahim Kaumov (UZ), and Khonkul Samarov (UZ) was published in the Echo of History No. 1/89 2021 journal in Uzbekistan, entitled “Cooperation in the digitization of cultural heritage“.
The article describes the current international cooperation between the Lublin University of Technology (PL) and the Samarkand State University (SamSU) and Uzbekistan’s museums in the field of digitization of the Silk Road cultural heritage monuments in the territory of modern Uzbekistan, as well as the prospects for this cooperation under the jointly implemented project of the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA – PL) “3D Digital Silk Road”.
“Tangible Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road
from the Area of Modern Uzbekistan”
On March 22, 2021, the monograph “Tangible Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road from the Area of Modern Uzbekistan” was published at the Lublin University of Technology as a result of the web-conference “The Silk Road – cultural heritage of Asia and Europe”.
Web-conference “The Silk Road – the cultural heritage of Asia and Europe”
On 8-9.01.2021 Web-conference will be held. It will be implemented remotely. The conference will be attended by employees of universities and museums in Uzbekistan and Poland. The aim of the conference is to present the cultural heritage of the Silk Road in Asia and Europe as well as activities related to its protection and promotion.
The conference program is available here.
The organizers plan 15-minute presentations in English or Russian.
New schedule for the 3D Digital Silk Road project 11.12.2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which prevented the implementation of the project tasks related to mobility between Poland and Uzbekistan, actions were taken to modify the scope and schedule of the project. The scope of changes has been agreed with NAWA. On November 28, 2020, an annex to the contract was signed. The project implementation time was extended by 1 year, i.e. until 30/09/2022.
The main changes to the design include:
- change in the form of implementation of the first scientific expedition of employees of the Lublin University of Technology (LUT) to Uzbekistan on a virtual expedition: 3D scanning of objects will be carried out by Partners in Uzbekistan with the remote assistance of PL employees and a borrowed scanner; scan data will be sent to PL for further postprocessing;
- introducing additional tasks: conducting remote training in the use of the scanner, which will be used by Partners during the first expedition, organization of an additional web-conference “The Silk Road – Asian and European cultural heritage” with the publication of materials in the scientific journal “Protection of cultural heritage”, preparation and publication of research articles on the project in indexed journals and international conferences.
On 11/12/2020, a remote meeting of project participants (coordinators from LUT and Partner universities) took place using the zoom.us platform, where changes in the project were presented and discussed.
Presentation of the Lublin University of Technology projects financed by NAWA
On 30/09/2020, a remote meeting was held as part of the TRAFSAF project (https://trafsaf.pr.ac.rs/) co-financed by the Erasmus + Program. One of the goals of the meeting was inter-project coaching, i.e. presentation of various projects co-financed by the European Union. All universities-partners of the TRAFSAF project presented their projects.
Dr inż. Marek Miłosz, prof. of the university presented the ideas, goals, plans and results of two projects implemented by the Department of Computer Science of the Lublin University of Technology financed by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA): “Mobile Application Development – Joint Master Studies in English (MAD-MSE)” and “3D Digital Silk Road ( SilkRoad3D) “. Both projects aroused interest, which was reflected in the discussion after the presentation.
The presentation: NAWA International Projects
The Digital Silk Road
at Lublin Virtual Science Days 24/09/2020
The 2020 edition of the Lublin Science Festival has a changed formula due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has been adapted to sanitary restrictions in force at all universities in Lublin. Hence the change of the current name to Lublin Virtual Science Days. Despite the reduction in the number of projects representing the Lublin University of Technology to sixteen, the Department of Computer Science was selected to present one research project. Obligations to present the topic entitled “The process of scanning large architectural objects from the Silk Road area“, the recording of which took place during the holiday season, was undertaken by Dr. Marcin Barszcz. The prepared film, which used, among others, photos and the effects of works created after returning from three scientific expeditions to the countries of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) can be viewed at the link:
The exhibition “History of Samarkand Higher Education” dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the Samarkand National University – the partner of the Silk Road 3D project – 31.08.2020
The exhibition is located in the premises of the newly restored mosque of the Mirzo Ulugbek madrasah on the Registan Square and is dedicated to the history and development of higher education in the Samarkand from ancient times to the present day. Here you can get information about the activities of all Samarkand madrasahs from the 9th to the 20th century, the appearance of writing in the region, the production and distribution of Samarkand paper around the world, about libraries at madrassas and the preparation of books for publication, the life of students studying in them, training programs, subjects studied by students and textbooks, student life in madrasah hujras, educational supplies and much more.
International Scientific Conference in Samarkand
on July 16-17, 2020
On July 16-17, 2020, an International Scientific Conference titled „Samarkand State University – Successor of Ulugbek Madrasa Oliya” organized by the Samarkand State University was held remotely. The conference is a part of the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Samarkand State University.
Over 200 participants from all over the world took part in the conference. In addition to the official speeches of Uzbek ministers and rectors of universities cooperating with the Samarkand State University, over 40 scientific papers were delivered.
During the conference, academics of the Computer Science Department at the Lublin University of Technology gave the following presentations:
- Marek Miłosz, Rahim Kayumov: Building Digital Bridges between Medieval History and Present Time Using ICT – Results of Polish-Uzbek Cooperation.
- Jerzy Montusiewicz, Marcin Barszcz, Krzysztof Dziedzic, Samariddin Mustafokulov: Photorealistic 3D Digital Reconstruction of a Clay Pitcher from the Afrasiab.
- Elżbieta Miłosz, Dilbar Mukhamedova, Khonkul Samarov: Digitalization of the Cultural Monuments of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
Training “Scanning small objects” planned for 16-20.03.2020 in the 3D Digital Silk Road project canceled
The “Scanning small objects” course meeting planned for the project NAWA for Partners from Uzbekistan universities, which should take place at the Lublin University of Technology on 16-20.03.2020, was canceled due to the coronovirus pandemic in Poland. By decision of the Rector of the Lublin University of Technology (ordinance No. 19/2020), arrivals of foreign guests to the Lublin University of Technology were suspended. The training will take place at a later date after the health situation in Poland has stabilized.
Kick-off meeting of the project 3D Digital Silk Road
On February 3-5, 2020, a meeting inaugurating the new project financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) was held at the Lublin University of Technology (LUT). The meeting was attended by the authorities of LUT (Rector Prof. Piotr Kacejko), authorities of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Prof. Henryka Stryczewska, Dr. Marek Miłosz), head (Prof. Dariusz Czerwiński) and employees of the Department of Computer Science LUT and coordinators from 4 partner universities of Uzbekistan : Prof. Dilbar Mukhamedova from the National University of Uzbekistan from Tashkent, Mr Rahim Kayumov from Samarkand State University, Prof. Bakhodir Eshchanov from the Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute and Prof. Utkir Abdullaev from Urgench State University.
At the meeting, the main tasks of the project were presented and agreed, current activities of PL in the field of digitizing the cultural heritage of the Silk Road were discussed, perspectives of places and objects of digitization were outlined in subsequent expeditions as well as areas of scientific cooperation and practical tasks of the Lublin University of Technology and partner universities from Uzbekistan.
News National University of Uzbekistan
3D DIJITAL SILK ROAD (NAWA)
Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute Uzbekistan 8.02.2020
3D Digital Silk Road – an international scientific project has started at our institute
Samarkand State University 11.02.2020
O’zbekistonda 3D-madaniy meros ob’ektlarini raqamlashtirish sohasidagi xalqaro hamkorlik
Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange supports the development of the portal silkroad3d.com – November 2019
The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) awarded funding to the “3D Digital Silk Road” project. The project applicant is the Lublin University of Technology and Partners: 4 universities from Uzbekistan: Samarkand State University, National University of Uzbekistan, Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute, Urgench State University. Duration of implementation: 01/10/2019 – 30/09/2021.
The aim of the project is to carry out scientific and research work in the field of digitization of the cultural monuments of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan during scientific expeditions by LUT specialists in cooperation with partners from Uzbekistan and to disseminate research results through: international scientific conferences, practical training, monographs, and the silkroad3d.com online portal
Main project tasks are the following:
- Organization of 4 research expeditions to the 4 cities of Uzbekistan for 3D scanning of cultural monuments.
- Processing of acquired data, preparation of digital panoramas and 3D models and placing them on the silkroad3d.com website.
- Organization of the 2 international conferences (one in Poland, second in Uzbekistan).
- Organization of 2 photographic exhibitions in Poland.
- Training of scientific staff from Uzbekistan universities in the field of 3D technology applications in museology (2 trainings in Poland).
- Preparation and publication of a joint scientific monograph in Poland.
- Maintenance and development of the silkroad3d.com portal in three languages: English, Uzbek and Russian.
Culture.uz News, announcements, cultural life of Uzbekistan 12.06.2019
In Samarkand there was a presentation of Jin Akino’s photo album
In the gallery of Tillya-Kari madrassah of the Registan ensemble there was a presentation of a new photo album «Uzbekistan: moments of traditional culture» by the Japanese master of photography Jin Akino. Museum workers, artists, journalists, local history experts, employees of the Department of Tourism and representatives of public organisations came to the meeting with the guest from the Land of the Rising Sun. The event was held as part of the «Samarqandiana» encyclopedic project to mark the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. From the pages of his photo album, Jin Akino invites readers to a dialogue through a small epigraph: «History, tradition and our daily lives are a series of unique moments that often pass us by, erased from memory… Just think about how many of these moments are irrevocably lost for us?».
International Scientific Conference ”IT in Cultural Heritage Management” (IT-CHM’2019) – May 22, 2019
Call for papers and participants
On May 22, 2019, the Registan Ensemble (Samarkand, Uzbekistan) will host the International Scientific Conference “Information Technology in Cultural Heritage Management / IT in Cultural Heritage Management” (IT-CHM’2019). The conference is organised by the Institute of Computer Science of the Lublin University of Technology, (Lublin, Poland), Samarkand State University (Samarkand, Uzbekistan), Registan Ensemble (Samarkand, Uzbekistan), and International Institute for Central Asian Studies UNESCO (Samarkand, Uzbekistan).
The conference will present the possibilities of using information technology in management in museum units and cultural heritage.
The participation is free of charge (and includes free enter to Registan) . We invite everyone, after registration via e-mail.
Place: Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Registan Ensemble, Ulugh Beg Madrasah
Dr. Marek Milosz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Jerzy Montusiewicz, email@example.com
Rahim Kayumov, firstname.lastname@example.org
Behruz Marufi, email@example.com
Dr. Muhtor Nasirov, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for the authors of the presentations:
The texts of the papers delivered to us will be published as articles in the reviewed post-conference monograph at the Lublin University of Technology.
The monograph will appear in English. Texts may be sent in English, but in any case please provide also the original versions which will be translated and edited by the publisher. The articles should have around 6 pages plus figures and photos.
The texts should be sent to: email@example.com until July 31, 2019.