Relationships between informatics and culture can be seen as taking various directions. These include:
・Currents in preservation of historical culture, using yields of informatics research <Digital Archiving>
・Directions in promoting humanities research, using information technology <Digital Humanities>
・Application of information technology in cultural and artistic activities <Media Art>
・Steps toward building a multilingual environment and contributing to multicultural coexistence <Intercultural Collaboration>.
Additionally, new forms of culture (Net Culture) are emerging on the internet and the World Wide Web (both of which are yields of informatics research).
International society will continue to be faced with many problems, concerning population, energy, environment, food supplies and other issues. Overcoming such difficulties requires consensus-building on a global scale. Informatics is now being called on to contribute to understanding cultures of other countries, and to rising above differences through dialogue. Furthermore, the coexistence of diverse cultures will become vital for industries in different countries to sustain important positions in the world, far into the future.
This international conference is being held to raise awareness of problems relating to culture and computing, and to share the yields of research. The conference stands apart in featuring presentation of papers that have already undergone peer review, alongside a series of diverse events substantiated by real-world activities.