The Proceedings of the 2nd issue of the JIAP (Journées Informatique et Archéologie de Paris) are published in the third Supplement of
«Archeologia e Calcolatori». The Conference was held in June 2010 at the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie (Centre Michelet) in Paris, and more
than one hundred people attended the meeting, which is planned to promote the research works of French archaeologists in the field of
Three main subjects were dealt with: Standards and rules in archaeology, GIS, and Virtual Reality. French researchers from Inrap, Ministry of
Culture, CNRS and several Universities, together with foreign scholars, presented their archaeological projects, where computer science has
played a central role.
The second Supplement to Archeologia e Calcolatori is dedicated to the publication of the Proceedings of the 4th Workshop ARCHEOFOSS Open Source, Free
Software e Open Format nei processi di ricerca archeologica, which was organised in April 2009 in Rome, at the Italian National Research Council, under
the auspices of the Cultural Heritage Department.
This is an annual meeting, unique both in the national and in the international panorama, which deals with a specific theme of current interest in the field
of archaeological computing: promote the use of open source software and open standards in order to facilitate data sharing in archaeology. The volume is
subdivided in four main thematic sections: Open Process, Open Data, Open Software and Open Learning, which constitute the basic concepts of the Open
This is the first time, in the twenty-year history of Archeologia e Calcolatori, that a thematic issue is published as a Supplement to the journal.
However, the idea for this issue is not a new one, but it recalls other initiatives in which Archeologia e Calcolatori has operated in close collaboration
with the Italian National Research Council to promote the sector of computing and archaeology and its innovative applications.
The "virtual experience", with all its implications of knowledge enhancement and sharing, has involved numerous CNR researchers, through an interdisciplinary
approach, which has characterised and given consistency to the applications also from a theoretical and methodological point of view. In addition to the
projects which are specifically dedicated to archaeology (virtual museums and 3D visualisation of ancient landscapes, towns, grave goods and objects),
the contributions describe sophisticated computer tools designed and implemented in CNR laboratories and show how ICT can support the realisation of virtual
museums, solving problems related to usability, accessibility and enjoyment aspects.
This special issue is dedicated to the memory of Mauro Cristofani, ten years after his untimely passing.