The Proceedings of the 7th Workshop “ARCHEOFOSS Free, Libre and Open Source Software e Open Format nei processi di ricerca archeologica”
are hosted in the 4th Supplement to «Archeologia e Calcolatori». The Workshop was held at the Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo
alle Terme in Rome in June 2012. A prestigious venue, chosen by the Special Superintendency for Archaeology in Rome and by ArcheoFOSS
Scientific and Promoting Committees, to mark the renewed attention paid by the territorial Institutes of the Italian Ministry for Cultural
Heritage to the current theme of Free and Open Source Software and its technological implementation.
The primary outcome of the 7th Workshop was to facilitate a multi-faceted approach and a more advanced sharing of FOSS-based applications,
and to promote new collaborative action plans for the development of knowledge management and representation systems in public archaeology.
The key subjects under investigation were: Open Source, Open Data, Open Archaeology, Open Science, knowledge sharing, Archaeological
Heritage legislation, standards and rules, training and education, GIS and RDBMS, and Virtual Reality. Representatives from many Institutes
of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, government agencies, the National Research Council, Universities, Foundations, together with scholars,
experts and professionals presented their projects, experiences and reflections, with a special focus on the relationships between
archaeology, knowledge society, ICT and computer science.
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 was 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.