In the Council of 26th November 2009, the EU Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the States, emphasized the need to bridge the cultural gap between education- in the sense of teaching, learning and the transmission of socio-cultural values and research and innovation in the business. There is also a need to improve communication and mobility between the world of teaching and research and the world of business and the general economy, promoting mobility and exchange of ideas between the different academic and research disciplines.
In the 3rd International Forum of Virtual Archaeology, ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0, held in 2011 in Seville, was presented the international subsidiary society of the Spanish Society of Virtual Archaeology, SEAV, Virtual Archaeology International Network, INNOVA.
This technology network was born with the intention to integrate all university research groups, research centers, institutions, companies and professionals, who want to join a community of excellence, that ratifies and pursues the precepts of the International Principles of Virtual Archaeology, Principles of Seville, specification of The London Charter and distinguished by its good practices.
The main objective of the Network is to promote coordinated research, innovation and training among all researchers around the world,working in the field of Virtual Archeology,forging closer links between those who developtheir work in public institutions and those who do sofrom the private sector.
For its creation we have started from a renowned hard core that formed the initial international network of INNOVA Center. These founding members were:
CULTNAT, Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Cairo. Egypt.
ENAME CENTER, Ename Center For Public Archaeology And Heritage Presentation, Ename. Belgium.
VWHL, Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, University of Virginia. USA.
INNOVA Center, European Center for Innovation in Virtual Archaeology, Seville. Spain.
Four years later, we are an international network of 75 Virtual Heritage Centres established in more than twelve countries.