Digital Heritage 2013: International Congress in Marseilles


A large international congress on digital heritage will take place under the patronage of UNESCO, in Marseilles (France) from 28 October to 1 November 2013. Digital Heritage 2013 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss digital technology and how it relates to the protection, documentation and understanding of the shared heritage of humanity. The congress is open to all, and researchers, professionals in the cultural and digital heritage field, students and policy makers are especially welcome.

The Congress will examine all forms of heritage, from the built (World Heritage), to cultural traditions and expressions (Intangible), museums and objects, and documentary heritage (Memory of the World).

Archaeologists, architects, artists, historians, museologists, planners, conservationists, anthropologists, engineers, environmentalists, computer scientists, new media experts, film makers, and more will jointly explore the best of digital heritage. Over four days, parallel tracks will see presentations of best practices and innovative solutions, as well as panels, educational workshops, and policy debates. A public exhibition and video screening will also be organized.

This congress represents a follow-up to the key initiative which UNESCO, and particularly the Communication and Information Sector, launched a year ago in Vancouver, Canada, in order to find solutions to the challenges affecting long-term and reliable access to digital heritage. In his remarks during the opening ceremony, Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, spoke of his expectations from the Congress and of the need to ensure that digital heritage issues are placed on the global development agenda.

Throughout the week, panelists and other speakers will propose their findings concerning knowledge management and preservation in order to obtain a better understanding of legal and technical issues relating to digital objects. The results of the Congress will provide the basis for the development of policy advice that can be made available to the governments of UNESCO Member States.

Full details on the programme, the panel discussions, the exhibition as well as organizational details can be found on the Congress website. For further information please contact: info(at)