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PROJECTS ON ACTION – A collection of news from the research projects granted within the JPI CH joint calls.


ArCo: Project closure and participation to WOAM Conference

In April, the JPI Pilot project Ageing Study of Treated Composite Archaeological Waterlogged Artefacts (ArCo) finished. For two years, scientists and conservators from Denmark, France, Italy and Norway worked together to improve the conservation of wooden objects containing unstable salts, especially iron compounds and alum. Such inorganic compounds decompose and contribute significantly to the degradation of archaeological wood. The project and its achievements were presented at the ICOM-CC Conference on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM) in its own session, together with its sister-project “Saving Oseberg”. The conference took place in Florence, Italy, May 16-21.
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CHT2: State of play of the Project for time-varying 3D products

The project will shortly publish its methodology for 4D cultural heritage reconstruction and visualization, the primary responsibility for which lies with the USAL unit. The same unit has also clearly defined its case study that will focus on the “Puerta del Alcázar” of the Medieval Walls of Ávila. USAL is currently gathering historical information and capturing 2D and 3D data of the current state of this interesting monument.
The NCL unit’s case study is focused on landscape change due to anthropogenic effects and fluvial/coastal erosion along Hadrian’s Wall in the UK. Three particular locations have been selected (Beckfoot, Birdoswald and Corbridge), for which Historic England and English Heritage have agreed to provide existing data. Archive searches of aerial photography have been conducted for all three sites.
The SSSA unit in Krakow met with the City Monuments Conservator, Main Conservator of the Malopolska Region, Historical Museum and partners from Krakow Polytechnic, to plan a workshop to summarize the test objects and available documents. The workshop is planned for the middle of July.
The POLIMI unit is focused on the old Roman Circus lying below the city of Milan. An agreement with the local superintendence was signed in May that grants full access to survey the private spaces of the Circus in September. A massive archive search has provided material to begin the hypothetical 3D reconstruction of the monument.
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CHANGES:  the Project at the International Conference “Cultural heritage management: conservation and valorisation in an integrated perspective »

CHANGES project entered the most active phase, after an introductory work package, whose aim was to exchange previous knowledge and views coming from the partners’ experiences.
The outcomes have been discussed in Visby and Delft, and are now under revision in order to be published soon. Ongoing activities are carried on in Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands, involving associated partners as well. The first event has been the International Conference “Cultural heritage management: conservation and valorisation in an integrated perspective“, held at Villa Reale in Monza on May 26th, which represented a relevant occasion in terms of knowledge related to conservation and management of Built Cultural Heritage.
During the morning session, dedicated to the topic “Preventive and planned conservation: tools for heritage conservation“, partners of CHANGES Project presented the first results of the activities. In the afternoon, academics and directors from some important European Residences, such as Schloss Schönbrunn, Chateau de Versailles, Reggia di Caserta, Reggia di Venaria Reale, Palazzo Reale di Genova, discussed in a Round Table the theme “Preventive and planned conservation: management strategies”. The event was effective in building new relationships and a more comprehensive vision for local stakeholders; many site visits and meetings were organized besides the public conference, introducing ongoing best practices to CHANGES Partners.

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CheriScape: Five Conferences as laboratories for the Project

In June the last of five successful ‘Landscape&Heritage’ conferences took place in Newcastle (UK) on the theme ‘Landscape in Imagination and the Virtual Future’ (in succession to the previous four conferences on Policy, Research, Community and Global Change). The conference was attended by almost 70 practitioners and researchers from many disciplines and several countries, including countries beyond those of our core project team (UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Spain). CHeriScape conferences offer a mixture of invited presentations, open-call posters, structured discussion and interactive debate, art and performance.
The conferences (and sessions we have organised at other conferences, including LAC 4 and PESCRL 2016 to be held this summer) provide a rich vein of material to inspire the project’s conclusions and inform the written outputs such as policy briefings, research strategies and academic papers which we will prepare in the coming month in the run-up to a high level event to mark the close of the current JPI ‘pilot call’ project. But the network we have built up through the conferences has clearly told us there is demand for CHeriScape to continue constructively beyond this.

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EnDOW: Workshop “Making sense of diligent search”,  Amsterdam, 30 June 2016

The International Workshop “Making sense of diligent search” is organised by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam as part of the EnDOW project.
The EnDOW project aims to facilitate the rights clearing process for European Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHIs) seeking to digitize their collections. As part of such rights clearing process, CHIs must carry out a “diligent search” of copyright holders by consulting a large number of sources and databases. EnDOW is currently preparing a crowd-sourcing platform to facilitate this process, reduce labour costs and enable wider on line dissemination of works contained in European CHIs’ collections. The Amsterdam Workshop focuses on the diligent search requirement laid down by the Orphan Works Directive 2012. The requirement imposes significant costs on CHIs wishing to make suspected orphan works available online. The workshop supports the design of the EnDOW crowd-sourcing platform by providing a clearer view of not just the legal requirements in the member states, but also how rights clearance is currently managed by CHIs across Europe. A selected number of participants from CHIs, EU Institutions and academia are invited to present and discuss the challenges posed by diligent search, and how these relate to the possibility of crowd-sourcing at least parts of the process.

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EUROMAGIC: “Defining guidelines for description and cataloging – discussing first results”, Girona 14-16 April 2016

From 14 to 16 April 2016, the second project workshop took place in Girona on the following topic: “Defining guidelines for description and cataloguing – discussing first results”. It consisted of presentations and discussions about cataloguing and digitising lantern slides – from hand-on demonstrations of digitisation methods to technical details for the mapping of metadata standards. On the third day, researchers and the Associated Partners discussed practical matters in the Research Team Assembly. Detailed notes of presentations and discussions are available for download on the A Million Pictures project website:
An integral part of every project workshop is a public creative re-use activity to connect people with their cultural heritage. The public activity of this workshop was the live performance “A taste of Nature” by cello player Björt Rúnarsdöttir and visual artist Alba G. Corral (performed on Thursday 14 April 2016).
They used digital images of lantern slides from the collection Thomas Mallol at the Cinema Museum Girona, one of the Associated Partners. The performance is documented in a video:
A Million Pictures researches magic lantern slides as relevant artefacts in the common European history of learning. It is a collaborative research project between researchers from Utrecht University (NL), University of Exeter (UK), University of Antwerp (BE), University of Girona (ES), University of Salamanca (ES) as well as twenty Associated Partners.

HEURIGHT14: Current developments and events

In the first half of 2016, the team of the Project has continued its research in five interlinked areas: i) EU constitutional law and cultural heritage; ii) EU cultural heritage cooperation with other international organizations; iii) the case law of the CJEU in relation to cultural heritage and the rights attached to it; iv) cultural heritage and EU investment agreements; v) cultural heritage within the EU’s External Action.
In addition, the scope of the research agenda has been broadened to the legal aspects of intangible heritage and internal market in the EU. The team has already prepared five research papers to be published by the end of the year. Moreover, the entire Fall issue of the Santander Art & Culture Law Review (a partner) will be dedicated to the Directive 2014/60/EU on the return of cultural goods, and to the legal framework for the protection of national treasures, including the relation between the evolving EU legal devices and other instruments regulating the circulation of cultural objects in Europe – being both the subject and the outcome of the Project’s conference held in Warsaw (March 2016). The team has also presented at other conferences (Geneva, Montreal, Warsaw, Washington), and participated in intergovernmental and international meetings (UNESCO, Paris and Belgrade; UN Human Rights Council, Geneva) and expert workshops (Kadir Has University, Istanbul).

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EU.WAT.HER: Past and future Project meetings 

The Project aims to promote a knowledge of the unique cultural heritage of minor waterways and historical canals in 4 European pilot regions located in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The project is aimed at generating a body of data that can reveal the cultural and artistic heritage of minor waterways, in order to make interactive maps and promote associated ways of communicating this heritage to a range of audiences through dedicated apps. The overall objective is to develop new opportunities for eco-tourism and outdoor recreation.
The first internal meeting held in Manchester (October 2015) was very fruitful to define the time schedule and perform the forecast objectives of the work plan.
Last April in Venice a specific digital tool was developed for cataloguing a first series of sites and artefacts related to waterways. Just before the Italian meeting, a workshop was held in order to maximize networking between local stakeholders and the European project partners.
Upcoming Project meeting will be held in Leiden (September 2016), while further implementation of activities will take advantage of the participation to the World Canals Conference in Scotland (September 2016) and to the X International Congress for Rural Tourism and Sustainable Development in Santiago de Compostela (October 2016).

PICH: Trondheim Workshop

How do we consider the concept “Sense of Place” in heritage management? That was one of the main questions during the JPI-PICH workshop in Trondheim 8-10 June 2016. The aim is to connect this idea of “sense of place” to issues of heritage and management of the historic environment in the wider context of governance reform in urban planning.
The first series of case studies are all located within a historic urban core in Europe. In addition to productively discussing this in a meeting room at NTNU we went on site to visit the warehouses in Trondheim. We discussed with local government and the renovation architect how issues of sense of place were taken into consideration. One of the main issues we discussed was to do with use. While over 80% of the warehouses are in use, a concentrated vacancy and related lack of maintenance, in a few of the warehouses has a huge impact on perception and sense of place. Our research showed that perception of vacancy is much higher than the actual vacancy. On the other hand, most locals are surprised to hear the buildings are not nationally listed, as generally expected. We also visited the harbor area in preparation of the second series of case studies (on industrial heritage) and the historic urban landscape of former copper-mining town Røros listed as World Heritage since 1980.

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PROTHEGO: recent dissemination activities

The Project is applying a new space technology based on radar interferometry, for the monitoring of vertical deformation of monuments and sites settled on natural hazards prone areas. The technique, showing mm accuracy with available information since 1992, is applied to more than 400 UNESCO sites located in geographical Europe. The first User Consultation workshop was organized on 4 December 2015 in Rome, Italy. The consortium presented objectives and methodologies to MiBACT, European Space Agency, EO Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys, Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Superintendence Capitolina, Cyprus Remote Sensing Society, Italian Space Agency, Videor and JPI-CH CLIMA projects. The second project meeting took place on 4–8 April 2016 in Paphos, Cyprus, during the RSCy Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment. PROTHEGO was recently presented at the ‘Eight Annual Conference of the Italian Remote sensing Association (AIT)’ on 22-24 June 2016 in Palermo, Italy.
In May 2016, BBC News published an article on PROTHEGO: ‘Space radar to assess Europe’s historic sites’, based on Dr Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS)’s interview with Jonathan Amos, BBC Science Correspondent (

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REFIT: Assessing the Management Strategies of Cultural Landscapes 

After hosting its first international workshop, “Exploring integrated approaches to cultural landscapes. Current strategies, problems and potential – Iron Age oppida as a case study”, at Bibracte (Burgundy, France) in March 2016, the REFIT team has been busy conducting interviews with heritage professionals and others responsible for the conservation and management of the project’s case study sites in the three partner countries (UK, France and Spain). Following experience questioning stakeholders at the two UK sites, Bagendon and Salmonsbury (Gloucestershire), the focus is now on stakeholders in France and Spain in order to assess the current management strategies that have developed in the Bibracte and Ulaca cultural landscapes.
Interviews are helping us achieve a better understanding of the nature, problems and effectiveness of present approaches for integrating stakeholders’ interests into the management policies surrounding these landscapes. The interviews are also an opportunity to gather ideas for activities and resources that could help spread awareness to a wider audience about the different facets that make up these landscapes. Through these interviews we will obtain a better picture of different national perspectives. This will allow us to make comparisons and identify areas of conflict and best practices within current approaches to landscape management. From this data, the REFIT project aims to create a range of sustainable management strategies which will be transferable to other cultural landscapes across Europe.

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