Interpretation Standards at World Heritage Sites:
Is There a Need for Assessment Criteria for On-Site Interpretation
Programmes and Emerging Interpretive Technologies?
A One-Day Roundtable Discussion
Organized by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee
on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP)
UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris
27 September 2006
In response to a recent request from ICOMOS International that ICIP analyze the need for additional
assessment criteria relating to Interpretation at World Heritage sites, this workshop has been organized
to discuss the current role of Interpretation in the inscription and monitoring process and examine
possible assessment methodologies. Participants from the WHC, ICIP, the EU EPOCH Network, and
other affinity organizations will share their varying experiences to analyze the relevance and
applicability of existing professional standards and codes of “best practice” in Interpretation in a World
The goal of this workshop will be to analyze the potential benefit of interpretive standards at World
Heritage sites. If deemed feasible, the participants will discuss possible procedural frameworks and
work plans for collaboration between the WHC, ICIP, and the EPOCH Network in developing a set of
clear and concrete evaluation criteria for public interpretation programmes and for the use of
Interpretive Technologies at inscribed properties and for sites nominated for inscription in the World
If you would like to attend this meeting, please respond to the ICIP Secretariat at
firstname.lastname@example.org so that an entrance pass to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
can be arranged.
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|9:30am - 12:00pm
Session 1: Interpretive Policy at World Heritage Sites
Questions to be discussed:
- Where does Interpretation currently fit in to the World Heritage Site
- Is Interpretation taken into account in continuing monitoring of World
- What are some of the best examples of public interpretation programmes at
World Heritage sites?
- What are some of the less successful? What lessons have been learned?
- Can assessment standards, best-practice case studies or general guidelines be
- Could they enhance the nomination and inscription process?
- Would it be worthwhile to add them to the Periodic Reporting Criteria?
- What role can the ICOMOS Ename Charter play?
Session 2: New Technologies and the World Heritage List
Questions to be discussed:
- How are Digital Documentation and Presentation Technologies represented and
distributed throughout the World Heritage List?
- What are the economic/technical factors in this distribution?
- What are the main practical issues encountered in the use of technology by WH
- What are the main scientific/content issues?
- Is there a need to formulate scientific, technological, and sustainability standards?
- What existing or developing standards could be used?
- Is the formulation of Interpretive Standards for WH sites desirable and feasible?
- If so, what are the practical and procedural steps that must be taken to begin the