VSMM 2008 Call for Papers

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VSMM 2008 Call for Papers

Digital Heritage: Our Hi-tech-STORY for the Future

Technologies to Document, Preserve, Communicate,
and Prevent the Destruction of our Fragile Cultural Heritage
October 20. - 26th, 2008


You are kindly invited to submit a paper to the VSMM 2008 joint
conference which will provide an opportunity to exchange research
results, opinions, experiences and proposals on the best practice and
hi-tech tools from Information and Communications Technology to
document, preserve, manage and communicate Cultural Heritage (CH). The
main goal of the event is not only to illustrate the programs underway
but also excellent work wherever it is located and however it is
supported, in order to promote a common approach to the tasks of e-
documentation of World Cultural Heritage. Furthermore, regional
capacities in the area of Cultural Heritage and IT will be facilitated
in advancing their know-how through the exchange of information and
generation of new ideas and cooperation's, where the world meets the
finger prints of several ancient civilizations on earth.

To reach this ambitious goal the topics covered will include
experiences in the use of innovative recording technologies & methods
and how to take best advantage to integrate the results obtained to
build up new tools and/or experiences as well as improved
methodologies for documenting, managing and communicating CH.

The VSMM 2008 joint event will focus on interdisciplinary and multi-
disciplinary research concerning both cutting edge Cultural Heritage
Informatics and use of technology for the representation,
documentation, preservation, archiving and communication of CH
knowledge. The scope includes every phase of CH information
technology: initial data capture/digitization, information/data
processing, reconstruction, visualization and documentation as well as
dissemination of results to the scientific and cultural heritage
communities and to the general public (Multilingua, Multimedia Digital
Library). We are also interested in aspects of the wider legal and
ethical responsibilities of Cultural Heritage Informatics. Research
subjects parallel the interests of VSMM, CIPA, ISPRS and EuroMed
including culturally significant monuments, artefacts and sites as
well as the activities of museums, libraries, archives, and
organizations involved with their care.

Those researchers who wish to participate in this event are invited to
submit papers on original and unpublished work addressing the
following subjects:
. Data Acquisition Technologies focusing on Photogrammetry and Laser
. 3D Data Capture and Processing in CH
. On-site and remotely sensed data collection
. 2D and 3D GIS in Cultural Heritage
. CAD and FEM based Digital Reconstructions and 3D Modelling
. Reproduction Techniques and Rapid Prototyping in CH
. Visualisation Techniques (desktop, Virtual and Augmented Reality)
. Virtual Reality in Archaeology and Historical Research
. Multimedia, Multilingua, Data Management and Archiving
. Construction and indexing of large scale Multimedia/Multilingua
Encyclopaedias in Cultural Heritage
. Computer Animation for CH Applications and Virtual Heritage
. Game Technologies in Cultural Heritage
. Non-Photorealistic Rendering of CH Data
. Virtual Museum Applications (e-Museums and e-Exhibitions)
. Digital/Virtual Documentation of Archaeological Excavations
. Novel Internet-based Cultural Heritage Applications
. Portals of Culture
. Usability, Effectiveness and Interface Design for CH Applications
. Innovative Graphics Applications and Techniques
. Interactive Environments and Applications
. e-Libraries and e-Archives in Cultural Heritage
. National Digital Libraries as cross-domain systems
. Long term availability of content and its long term accessibility
. Effective IC-Technologies for the creation, management and reuse of
content and knowledge
. Storytelling and authoring tools
. e-Learning in Cultural Heritage
. Tools for Education, Documentation and Training in CH
. Archaeological Analysis and Interpretive Design
. Standards, Metadata, Ontologies and Semantic Processing in Cultural
. Authentication, Accreditation and Digital Rights Management
. Legal issues: Water-Marking, Orphan Works, Copyrights and IPR
. Professional and Ethical Guidelines
. The Economics of Cultural Informatics and Tourism
. Natural and Man initiated deconstruction of Cultural Heritage and
prevention techniques.
. ICT assistance in monitoring and restoration.

Submission of Papers:
Submissions for the joint event are completely electronic, and both
the paper and all supplementary material must be submitted through the
on-line submission website. The conference accepts only original,
unpublished work written in English. We are soliciting three types of
. Full research papers presenting new innovative results. These papers
will have a full-length oral presentation and will be published in a
high-quality proceedings volume. Each submitted paper must not exceed
8 pages in total.
. Project papers focusing on the description of project organization,
use of technology, and lesson learned. These papers will have a short
oral presentation and will be included in a "Projects & Short Papers"
proceedings volume. Each submitted paper must not exceed 8 pages in
. Short papers presenting preliminary ideas and works-in-progress.
These papers will have a short oral presentation and will be available
as posters in conference breaks. They will be published in the
"Projects & Short Papers" proceedings volume. Each submitted paper
must not exceed 6 pages in total.

For information concerning style and format of all submissions, please
refer to:

http://www.vsmm2008.org and then choose Paper Submissions.

Important Dates:
. Abstract (full-/project-/short papers): June 2nd, 2008
. Paper submission full papers June 16th, 2008
. Paper submission project/short papers June 30th, 2008
. Notification of Refereeing results July 31st, 2008
. Camera ready FULL papers to printer August 24th, 2008
. Camera ready PROJECT/SHORT papers to printer August 29th, 2008
Proposals for showcases/ demo's June 30th, 2008

For more information about the joint conference please visit the
or directly contact the chair of the event at:

The event is in cooperation with the European Commission Projects:
. MINERVA+ (http://www.minervaeurope.org/whatis/minervaplus.htm)
. MICHAEL+ (http://www.michael-culture.org/en/hom)
. The Member States' Expert Group on Digitisation and Digital