About the book
Culture and Natural Heritage are the most valued treasures that humanity possesses. They are carefully entrusted from one generation to another as an invaluable treasure that kaleidoscopically shows the identity of every culture in the world in all its diversity and unity, like a diamond with many shining facets. What is important is the light in which this diamond is seen, to express itself in all its dazzling brilliance.
The aims of this volume is to bring beneficent light from all parts of the world in order to give Culture and Natural Heritage their valued right. We aim to gather testimonies and proofs for creativity from all times of history: movable and immovable property, traditions, intangible cultural expressions with reference to habits, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions, values, natural monuments consisting of physical and biological formations, geological and physiographic formations and strictly delimited areas constituting the habitat of endangered animal and plant species, natural sites or strictly delimited natural areas, which have an exceptional universal value from a scientific, conservation or natural beauty point of view.
Given today's times when health and life are at the heart of the world's concerns, it is time to focus our efforts on Cultural Heritage and on the concept of HEALTH for a sustainable life. This is the main purpose of the new HERITAGE volume, around which the researchers most dedicated to saving humanity have set to work.
In this New World, after 2020, in which life is threatened, in which we have awakened and to which we strive to adapt quickly, crossing the pandemic period caused by the spread of syndrome coronavirus 2 ( SARS COV2 /COVID 19), characterized by isolation, distance, protection and use of virtual environments, the use of digital images for the presentation of heritage has become mandatory and possible today due to increasing the resolution of optical objectives, on the one hand and developing data processing capacity. In general, digital heritage is the field of use of digital media for the conservation of intangible cultural heritage, including physical artifacts. The most popular applications are found in the field of virtual reality by virtualizing museums, archaeological sites or natural heritage. Virtual reality and augmented reality are advanced techniques used in the reconstruction of digital artifacts. As a distinct technique, image analysis provides effective tools for investigating cultural heritage, for a better understanding of them, for making the right decisions for conservation and restoration. There is considerable potential for the use of image analysis elements in combination with artificial intelligence models for various applications in the field of cultural and natural heritage conservation. The diplomacy dimension of culture calls also for concern and need for study, together with different socio-economic perceptions that face the conservation of heritage with the challenges of the vision for sustainability. The need for support in the context of Coronavirus calls for the involvement of governance and the private sector to address today's economic issues and to prepare for tomorrow.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of current trends in addressing cultural heritage, which are expected to be needed, starting with 2020, as follows: development of an integrated system for the acquisition, processing and storage of high-resolution images based on the use of drones, development of software applications for combined use of image model analysis to extract features of interest for conservation, the development of tools for converting data into knowledge using artificial intelligence models.