Over the years, the CIPA Symposium has been an important international crossroad for a wide community of researchers, professionals, and site managers interested in documenting, understanding, and preserving cultural heritage. CIPA was jointly founded in 1968 by ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) and ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) to facilitate the transfer of technology from the measurement sciences into the heritage documentation and recording disciplines. Since then, the biennial symposia have enabled an ever-growing community to meet, debate, network, and get up-to-date. After the very sad and long period that forced us to stay separated, we will meet again in person during CIPA 2023 in Florence, from 25-30 June 2023.
The CIPA 2023 Symposium “Documenting, Understanding, Preserving Cultural Heritage: Humanities and Digital technologies for Shaping the Future” intends to combine scientific, technological and humanistic skills and promote interactions with the institutions responsible for conservation and restoration, with the aim of defining documentation systems that address the entire life cycle of artefacts, archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes, using new digital technologies. There is a need to develop risk reduction and preventive and sustainable conservation models that support cultural participation, accessibility and enhancement of cultural diversity and expression.
CIPA is one of the oldest International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), jointly founded in 1968 with ISPRS (International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) to facilitate the transfer of technology from the measurements sciences into the heritage documentation and recording disciplines.
CIPA originally stood for Comité International de la Photogrammétrie Architecturale (English: “International Committee of Architectural Photogrammetry”)
Being the ICOMOS / ISPRS Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage, CIPA Heritage Documentation is now an international non-profit organisation that endeavours to transfer technology from the measurement and visualisation sciences to the disciplines of cultural heritage recording, conservation and documentation. CIPA thus acts as a bridge between the producers of heritage documentation and the users of this information.
CIPA’s mission is twofold:
- to encourage the development of principles and practices for the recording, documentation and information management for all aspects of cultural heritage;
- to support and encourage the development of specialised tools and techniques in support of these activities