The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLVI-M-1-2021
10 Sep 2021
 | 10 Sep 2021


A. Dang

Keywords: CIPA 2021, 28th CIPA Symposium, Preface

Abstract. Co-hosted by Tsinghua University, ICOMOS China, Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization, and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, the CIPA2021 symposium (28th biennial symposium of the international scientific committee for documentation of cultural heritage) was held online successfully at Tsinghua University during August 28th to September 1st, 2021. This is the first time CIPA held a biennial symposium in mainland of China and in online format since its establishment in 1968. The theme of the symposium is “Great Learning & Digital Emotion”. During the 5-day online symposium, opening ceremony & keynote-speech session-1, education session, outstanding youth forum, 12 sub-theme forums, and keynote-speech session-2 & closing ceremony were organized, which included 130 more presentations and attracted more than 1,000 online participants from more than 30 countries on five continents to conduct academic exchanges and seminars.

Among all the presentations, four of them are keynote speeches. These include: 1) “deep learning for cultural heritage” by Professor Christian Heipke (President of ISPRS), 2) “space technology in support of world heritage” by Professor Huadong Guo (Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences), 3) “digital culture heritage and territorial spatial planning — China's practice and perspective” by Professor Jun Chen (Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering), and 4) “documentation — foundation of any heritage policy” by Professor Teresa Patrício (President of ICOMOS). Besides these keynotes, all other 120 more presentations are selected from the publication papers of ISPRS Annals and Archives.

The progress and prospects of research and practice of digital cultural heritage all over the world can be summarized as theory, technology, and method of CHIM that will be described as follows. Basically, CHIM refers of Cultural Heritage Information Modelling. However, based on CIPA2021 symposium and the paper publications, CHIM is not just Modelling and Model, but the current progress and future prospects of digital cultural heritage research and practice, such as “C” represents Collection, Collaboration, Coordination, and Conference; “H” represents High-Speed, High-Quality, High-Tech. and High-Education; “I” represents Integration, Interpret, International, and Intelligent; and “M” represents Multi-Classes, Methodology, Multidisciplinary, and Management. And all of the aspects are included into the following table (see Table 1) and it is clear that CHIM is not only a Model for documentation but also a platform for future intelligent conservation.