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    1. The 1st International Workshop on ICT for the Preservation and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage   pdf.gifCall for Papers for the Intangible Heritage Workshop

    2. The 2nd International Workshop on 3D Research Challenges in Cultural Heritage pdf.gifHow to exchange Cultural Heritage 3D objects and knowledge in Digital Libraries?

    3. EUHeritageTOUR: World Heritage Sites as trans-national vehicle for the European Cultural  Identity.pdf.gif

    4. The 1st International Workshop of Big Data in Cultural heritagepdf.gif

    5. The International Workshop on use of Remote Sensing for Monitoring, Modeling and Management of Cultural Heritage and Landscapespdf.gif

    6. The Digitization Age: Mass Culture is Quality Culture. Challenges for cultural heritage and societypdf.gif

    7. ARCHES, An open-source heritage inventory and management system pdf.gif

The 1st International Workshop on ICT for the Preservation and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage

General Information

Cultural expression is not limited to tangible Cultural Heritage, but also includes valuable but fragile intangible expressions that are controlled by the intelligence of the human creativeness, which comprise the intangible cultural heritage (ICH). According to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is the mainspring of humanity's cultural diversity and its maintenance is a guarantee for continuing creativity. However, ICH’s creations are typically transmitted orally or by gestures and are modified over a period of time through a process of collective recreation. To this end, there is always a risk that certain elements of ICH could die out or disappear if they are not safeguarded. Furthermore, effects such as the globalization, wars, and the movement of people caused the diminishment of the unique culture of many communities and pose a risk for many other types of ICH. 
Recent technological advances in ICT open new perspectives for the Preservation and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage, including applications in the fields of digital libraries, media entertainment, and education. Several organizations and research projects have contributed significantly towards this direction in order to provide access to cultural resources, such as Europeana (the European Digital Cultural Heritage Library: and many related projects. 
The 1st International Workshop on ICT for the Preservation and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage –which will be in cooperation with two mayor EU projects (EU FP7-ICT-IP-2011-600676-i-Treasures - and the FP7-PEOPLE ITN2013-608013 Fellowship Programme on Digital Heritage: ITN DCH – will be held as a special workshop during the World Conference on Cultural Heritage EuroMed2014 (3-8/11/2014 - in Lemesos, Cyprus.


Cyprus University of Technology 
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Information Technologies Institute-Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
University of Geneva, Miralab, Switzerland
Europeana, Netherland
Katholige University of Leuven, Belgium
University of Stuttgart, Germany
ArcTron 3D Gmbh, Germany
7Reasons Gmbh, Germany
FORTH, Greece
Frauhofer IGD, Germany
Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Dachverband Tanz Deutschland
International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts
European Folklore Association

Scope (included but not limited)

  1. ICH Capture and Analysis ICT for ICH Capture and Analysis (facial expression analysis and modeling; body and gesture recognition; Vocal Tract modeling, Audio and speech processing; Emotion analysis, etc.) 
  2. Semantic Media Analysis of ICH Multi-modal analysis; data fusion; knowledge-assisted semantic multimedia analysis
  3. ICH and Digital Libraries/Europeana ICH Metadata; Content digitization & preservation practices for storage into Europeana and other Digital Cultural Heritage Libraries; ICH IPR management systems; ICH Data and media protection 
  4. ICH in Simulations and Virtual Environments ICH visualization and simulation, ICH in Virtual Reality Environments and Augmented Reality Applications, Text-to-Speech and Text-to-Song applications
  5. ICH in Education Culture education, training, sensorimotor learning, serious games 
  6. Other Applications of ICH (Games, Mobile Applications, Media Entertainment)

Paper submission until the 30th of September 2014 : Submission of Workshop Paper


The 2nd International Workshop on ICT for the Preservation and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage

How to exchange Cultural Heritage 3D objects and knowledge in Digital Libraries?

General Information

An exchange of 3D Cultural Heritage objects and information has been investigated by many projects (i.e. EPOCH, 3D-COFORM, FOCUS K3D, CARARE). Looking at a current state at the one hand many highly elaborated theoretical approaches, principles and guidelines as far as data schemes and infrastructures (i.e. London and Seville Charter, UNESCO ICOMOS Charter, CIDOC-CRM, CityGML) are proposed to foster quality, compatibility and sustainability of 3D Cultural Heritage objects. At the other hand in practice 3D reconstruction projects often base on unique and prototypic semantics, workflows, infrastructures and are customised for a specific purpose.

Related to those issues, the workshop addresses three challenges.
First challenge is to determine a scope of cultural heritage objects, including not only tangible objects but also intangible and complex issues like cultural traditions, or dynamic entities like mechanical systems.

The second challenge is to reveal strategies, practices and principles currently used to ensure compatibility, reusability and sustainability of cultural heritage objects within a 3D reconstruction work process on a day to day work basis. Beside the described scope of objects, a wide and heterogeneous range of technical and organisational settings in addition to a variety of intended purposes and approaches from several domains like BIM, GIS or VR have to be considered.

Up from a scope of objects and related grounded practices a third challenge is to aggregate recommendations for the exchange, publishing and use of 3D objects and for inherit knowledge about data, workflows and semantic structures. This includes not only approaches for widely useable technical formats for an exchange, archiving and managing of 3D models and paradata but also for a documentation of resulting objects and creation processes as well as to link 3D objects to other forms of information and make them findable and accessible on a multimedia level.

Proposed outcome of the workshop is to gain an overview about daily practices, innovative approaches as well as theoretical aspects to determine a scope of topics for further investigation. Consequently, the workshop will be concluded by a panel discussion on future research work and developments.


Münster, Sander - Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Mieke Pfarr-Harfst - Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Marinos Ioannides - Cyprus University of Technology
Ewald Quak - Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


Paper submission until the 30th of September 2014 :
Submission of Workshop Paper

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ARCHES, An open-source heritage inventory and management system

Thursday, November 6th from 14:30 to 17:00

Arches is an open source software system that incorporates international standards and is built to inventory and help manage all types of immovable cultural heritage. The code is freely available to download, customize, and independently implement.
We welcome conference participants who would like to learn about Arches and recent project developments, including an overview of the new functionality that will be available in Arches version 3.0. Other topics that will be covered are:

  1. An overview of how Arches manages heritage data, including international data standards, controlled vocabularies, and integration with external services
  2. How to use Arches, including creating and managing data, using the layer library, searching and reporting functionality, and an overview of system administration
  3. Suggestions for evaluating Arches for use by your organization
  4. Deployment scenarios, including possible uses and an overview of what may be involved in installing and configuring the system, data import and export, and potential customization

Members of the Arches Project team will be available to answer questions during and after the information session.

To reserve a space please sign up at There is no fee to attend this information session, although participants must be registered for Euromed 2014.

For more information about Arches visit:

The Arches Project was initiated through a collaboration of the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund.