Call for Participation and News Update: VAST 2008, Braga Portugal December 2-5

Alberto Proenca
Thu Jun 12 12:15:34 CEST 2008

The international support committees for VAST 2008 are working hard to make
the 9th annual event and scientific program your first priority. We welcome
your contributions and participation in what is shaping up to be a
remarkable week in Braga this December.

Please visit the website ( <> and
find attached a PDF file with more detailed information. 

Deadline for submission of paper abstracts is July 7th.


News: website is launched. The website will continue to unfold and is
being updated constantly. Visit it often for the latest news on speakers,
paper and workshop submissions, sponsorship and excursions.

Invited Speakers:  we are pleased to announce keynote speakers Roberto
Scopigno and Ruth Tringham, leaders in computer technologies and
archaeology. Please read their bios on the VAST 2008 site.

Submission system online: through cooperation with Eurographics, the 2008
submission system is online and OPEN. Please submit your abstracts as soon
as possible to help us shape the scientific program.

Scientific Committee: the VAST 2008 Scientific Committee is comprised of a
diversified, international group of specialists, researchers and leaders. We
will soon announce the committee on the symposium website.

Registration fees: besides the usual promotions for Eurographics and EPOCH
members, those that will help us to better plan the event will have a
reduced fee ("Early Registration"), and a special "All-in-One" pass is also
offered. See the details on the website.

2nd Call for Papers

We are at a unique point in history, where cultural heritage professionals
must work to care for the physical past while assuring that there will be a
digital record for the future. 

The challenge we propose is to bring to bear the knowledge and expertise of
the VAST network of researchers and professionals that will lead to
sustainable practices of stewardship for the long term, for tangible,
intangible and virtual heritage alike. 

We see this symposium as a dialogue on the present and future of archaeology
in the 21st century. The sessions, papers, tutorials and workshops will
explore the wealth of opinions and expertise on this vast topic, ranging
from nuts-and-bolts practical information on geographical information
systems to producing non-linear narratives and multi-vocal visualizations of
the past. 

We are seeking contributions that advance the state of the art in the
technologies available to support sustainability of human heritage. 

The following topics are particularly encouraged: 

.         2/3/4D Data Capture and Processing in CH

.         Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations

.         Data Acquisition Technologies

.         Digital capture & annotation of intangible heritage (performance,
audio, dance, oral)

.         Interactive Environments and Applications for CH

.         Long term preservation of digital artefacts

.         Metadata, classification schema, ontologies and semantic

.         Multilingual applications, tools and systems for CH

.         Multimedia Data Acquisition, Management and Archiving

.         On-site and remotely sensed data collection

.         Professional and Ethical Guidelines

.         Standards and Documentation

.         Storytelling and Design of Heritage Communications

.         Tools for Education and Training in CH

.         Usability, Effectiveness and Interface Design for CH Applications

.         Visualization



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