The DigitalHeritage International Congress is an event that periodically proposes a common and integrated occasion for unifying the major world conferences, workshops and exhibitions in the field of the ICT technologies applied to tangible and intangible heritage.
The Congress is structured around a scientific core, made by keynote presentations and scientific contributions in different tracks developed in parallel sessions. Connected to this central core are organized an exhibition of scientific and commercial application in the field (the DigitalHeritage Expo), tutorials and workshops, that aim to stimulate the exchange and networking between scholars and professionals.
In the first two editions the Congress has been organized in cities of great cultural significance and has been supported by UNESCO, the European Commission, the French Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competition, the Italian and French National Research Councils (CNR and CNRS).
The main federated events in these years have been: “International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia” (VSMM), “Eurographics Symposium on Graphics and Cultural Heritage” (GCH), UNESCO’s “Memory of the World”, “ArcheoVirtual Exhibition on Virtual Archaeology and Museums”, “Digital Art Week” (DAW), “Int'l Mtg on Archaeology, Graphic Informatics, Heritage & Innovation” (ARQUEOLOGICA 2.0).
In addition there have been special sessions of “Computers Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology” (CAA), CIPA Heritage Documentation, “International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology (Space2Place) and the ICOMOS “Digital Interpretation Panel”.
Finally, the conference was a common stage for all major European projects in the field who organized here their workshops, tutorials and meetings.
The first edition of Digital Heritage was held in 2013 in the museum area of Marseille (Mucem, Villa Mediterranee, Fort Saint Jean) and was attended by 650 registered participants from 40 different countries (www.digitalheritage2013.org). The scientific session where animated by 101 full papers, 200 short papers and poster papers, organized in 6 tracks (Digitization; Visualization and Interaction; Analysis and Interpretation; Policy and standards; Preservation; Theory, methodologies and applications). The 1600 pages proceedings were jointly published by IEEE and Eurographics in two volumes. In addition 5000 guests visited the 600 square meters of the exhibition "DigitalHeritage Expo", open to the public at Villa Mediterranee throughout the 5 days of the event.
The second edition of Digital Heritage was organized in 2015 at the Science Park of Granada in collaboration with the Alhambra (www.digitalheritage2015.org). The conventioneers were again around 600, providing scientific contributions grouped in five themes (Digitization and Acquisition, Computer Graphics and Interaction, Analysis and Interpretation, Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards, Digital Heritage Projects and Applications). In the scientific sessions 52 full papers and 218 short and poster papers were presented, originating a two volumes proceeding jointly published by IEEE and Eurographics. The Expo, open to the common museum public, covered nearly 1000 square meters.