Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I have the honour to very warmly invite you to Limassol/Cyprus for the 14th International VSMM Conference. This will be the first time the International Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM) will be held in Cyprus.

The venue of this event is at the entrance of the ancient city of Amathus located in Limassol. From October 20th to 25th in 2008 we will have the opportunity to come together, share, exchange our know-how and experiences about the e-Documentation of the Past, how to preserve and manage Cultural Heritage, whether architectural, archaeological and/or natural and discuss future methologies and plans for the local and global cooperation in this area.

The main goal of the event is to illustrate the programs underway, whether organised by public bodies (e.g. UNESCO, European Union, National States, etc.) or by private foundations (e.g. Getty Foundation, World Heritage Foundation, etc.) in order to promote a common approach to the tasks of recording, documenting, protecting and managing World Cultural Heritage. The 14th VSMM Conference will definitely be a forum for sharing views and experiences ,discussing proposals for the optimum attitude as well as the best practice and the ideal technical tools to preserve, document, manage, present/visualise and disseminate the rich and diverse Cultural Heritage of Mankind.

The ultimate aim of the 14th VSMM 2008 Conference will be to bring together as many interested institutions/parties as possible from as many different backgrounds as possible, in order to achieve a high level of mutual understanding of the needs, the requirements and the technical means of meeting them. Ultimately our common goal will be the multidisciplinary and inderdisciplinary approach to the tasks of recording, documenting, archiving, presenting, protecting and managing the World Cultural Heritage.Our ambition is to host a somewhat different VSMM conference by mobilising participants from all over the world and from quite different scientific backgrounds.

Technological advances are very often reported in detail in specialised fora. What this event will strive for, is the establishment of bridges of communication and channels of cooperation between the various disciplines involved in Cultural Heritage. Furthermore, the contributions in this conference can assist all experts involved in the Cultural Heritage area in restoring, renovating, protecting, documenting, archiving, monitoring of the history of humanity in order to secure this information for the years to come. It is evident and clear that a worldwide collaboration in this area will help make our "Hi-tech-Story" accessible to the present and the future.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 14th International VSMM 2008 Conference in order to share views, knowledge and experience with other colleagues. We are confident that everyone will greatly benefit from this participation.

Marinos Ioannides
Conference Chair