Thematic side event “Digital Empowerment of Cultural Heritage”

2023-09-19 18:19:45

Successfully held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia (PHOTO)

Beijing, China (ots) International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, People’s Government of Beijing Municipality co-organized a themed side event on “Digital Empowerment of Cultural Heritage” at Extended 45th. session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Lazare Elondou Assomo, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, Li Qun, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, and Tan Xuxiang, Beijing Deputy Mayor, attended the event and gave speeches.

China’s innovative practice in “Digital Empowerment of Cultural Heritage” was highly appreciated by participants and international organizations. “From virtual tours to monument lists to 3D models of archaeological sites, the digitization of cultural heritage is flourishing,” commented Lazare Elondou Assomo, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center. “China’s cultural heritage managers share their best practices through regular reports, such as virtual 3D digital scanning, real-time monitoring of visitor numbers, etc., which are crucial to the preservation and management of cultural heritage.” He believes that China has considerable experience and expertise in the field of heritage protection and could share a number of best practices in using digital technologies to protect cultural heritage with other countries.

Led by the establishment of a large national database of cultural relics resources, China has done a lot of work in digital protection of cultural relics, digitalization of business management, digitalization of public services and digitalization of exhibitions. A number of digital practices such as the Digital Forbidden City, Digital Dunhuang, Digital Great Wall and Digital Beijing Central Axis provide countries with useful references for using digital technologies to improve the protection and management of world cultural heritage.

As one of the organizers of this event, Beijing, the capital of China, has a city building history of more than 3,000 years and a capital building history of more than 800 years. In the full implementation of the overall protection of the old town, many attempts have been made to digitally strengthen the cultural heritage. Through the “Digital Time-teller at night” project, Beijing encourages the public to take photos to participate in cultural heritage monitoring; It has introduced the “Tanyuan platform” through cooperation with Tencent, and successively launched Beijing Central Axis, the Capital Museum, the Sanxingdui Museum and inscriptions on bones or turtle shells of the Shang Dynasty, and more than 50 cultural heritage units as well as more than Accumulated 1,000 digital cultural heritage resources.

Beijing Cultural Heritage Photography Exhibition, International Youth Painting Exhibition and Digital Beijing Cultural Experience Activities were held simultaneously at the side event, attracting guests from all over the world to attend the event and interact with each other.

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