The management and conservation of natural and cultural resources are two of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Global warming, natural and man-made disasters, geopolitical instability in history-rich areas across the planet and the related destructions, looting, and illicit antiquities trade urge the international community to develop new strategies for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.
Digital technologies and interactive media are radically changing the cultural landscape of today’s societies. These historical shifts are transforming the way individuals, private organizations, museums and other cultural institutions cope with the natural environments where we live and with the cultural legacy we inherit from the past. As a consequence, the interpretation, preservation, and communication process of cultural heritage continues to take new forms, in various social and technological dimensions.