Lost and Found: Exploration in the Digital Age

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 @12:00pm

Registration now open! Click here to register.


This Future of Information Alliance (FIA) event will be a very special WAMU 88.5 Kojo Nnamdi Show broadcast from the National Geographic Auditorium. The first hour will focus on exploring archaeology from space, from the depths of the ocean, and using ground-penetrating high-tech tools that achieve results without digging. National Geographic Society Explorers will talk with Kojo Nnamdi about their new discoveries and their biggest challenges for the future. In the second hour, thought leaders from the Smithsonian Institutionwill discuss the future of museums and the power of new digital tools—including 3D scanning of artifacts and digitizing old records—to understand and investigate the past.

Hour 1 (Noon – 1 p.m.)
The Future of the Past: New Frontiers in Exploration

Explorers of the past spent years investigating sites in far flung corners of the world. Today’s archaeologists and oceanographers use new digital tools—from satellite images to sonar—to locate and explore new sites, often without ever having to turn a spade or plunge into the sea. Kojo talks with National Geographic Explorers about the innovative tools they’re using and what they’re finding.

Katy Croff Bell, Oceanographer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Fredrik Hiebert, Archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow
Sarah Parcak, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; National Geographic Emerging Explorer; National Geographic Fellow

Hour 2 (1 – 2 p.m.)
The Future of the Past: Digitizing Collections

Museums have collected and preserved artifacts of the past for millennia. Now, rapidly evolving technologies like 3-D scanners are presenting institutions with new tools for preserving, interpreting and sharing the past. Kojo talks with thought leaders at the Smithsonian Institution about the future of museums and the practical challenges of digitizing the past.

G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Nick Pyenson, Curator, Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History; Distinguished Lecturer, Paleontological Society
Günter Waibel, Director of the Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution

Tickets are free, but registration is required. Click here to register. All attendees must be seated by 11:45 (doors open at 11:30) for this live broadcast.

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