Heraklion, situated about 5 klm north of Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete and one of the exceptional monuments of the Bronze Age, welcomes you to enjoy its rich heritage and the 26th annual CIDOC Conference of the International Council of Museums in 2018, which focuses on the topic of provenance of knowledge! 
Attendees in this important event, which will take place from September 29th to October 4th, are invited to participate in a series of workshops, parallel sessions and discussions with experts from around the world who try to explore the origins of knowledge, while at the same time they will have the opportunity to “travel back to time” and visit the unique monuments of the Minoan Civilization by taking part in the daily excursions and guided tours.

Conference theme

The ‘Provenance of Knowledge’ is a core element of good practice in documentation and so is the theme of the next annual CIDOC conference, in Heraklion from 29 September to 4 October 2018.
As an essential aspect of documentation, Provenance of Knowledge refers to the attempt to trace the origins of the information and knowledge about an object, an entity or an idea in order to reconstruct the whole chain of creation, use, interpretation and dissemination of relevant information and knowledge. The ultimate purpose of this reconstruction is to confirm, illustrate, and validate the information and knowledge contained in the documentation in order to facilitate understanding across times and cultures. In this way, it contributes to scholarly citation in information handling while connecting all the material evidence kept in museums and other memory institutions.
The validation of information and knowledge has been greatly helped by the increasing use of digital technologies in documentation. However, this advancement in documentation has created new difficulties as the abundance of the available information makes it difficult to introduce standards and processes to model and maintain the development and validity of documented information.
The 2018 annual CIDOC conference aims at supporting museums by deepening the understanding of documentation as a means of knowledge preservation, dissemination and exchange.
We invite you to participate in the conference and to advance relevant scientific inquiry. You can enhance our discussions on the harmonization of the processes to trace back information by presenting:

  • Theoretical aspects;
  • User experience;
  • Innovative implementations for the analysis and documentation of information and knowledge.

The aim is to give us with new insights into the Provenance of Knowledge. More analytically, the conference topics are the below.

Conference topics

  • Object information as historical source
  • Object documentation and archival resources
  • Field research and object documentation
  • Oral tradition and witnessing information in connection with objects
  • Documentation and interdisciplinarity
  • Object documentation and analytical resources
  • Provenance of materials and techniques
  • Documentation for target groups (e.g. special needs)
  • Methods of knowledge verification and documentation of knowledge revision
  • Ethics of provenance of information
  • Provenance of knowledge and preservation of referred sources

Recent News

Extension of abstract submission
Announcement Date : 23 February 2018

The deadline for paper/poster abstract submission for CIDOC 2018 in Heraklion, Crete has been extended till March 14th, 23:59 Greek Time.
Please submit your abstract here.

The registration and conference fees were announced
Announcement Date : 12 February 2018
Abstract Submission FORM is open!
Announcement Date : 12 February 2018
The Social program was announced
Announcement Date : 09 February 2018
Local Information announced
Announcement Date : 05 February 2018

Local information about the host city of the conference were announced