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Strategic Research Agenda


The SRA has been developed purposely with the aim to present Cultural Heritage as a holistic, integrated research area. Using the JPI CH Vision Document as a starting point, a further input was requested from a wide range of stakeholders across Europe reflecting the three key facets of cultural heritage: the tangible, intangible and digital.

Developing a reflective society

This research priority is broadly based on recognition that the world is changing and that research questions, approaches, methods and reporting need to reflect this countinous change. What are the consequences for cultural heritage in light of demographic changes as well as changes due to conflicts or rapid development? What represents ‘our heritage’? How might this change over time? Who is capturing the cultural heritage that is being created today?

The main research areas are: Identity and Perception, Values, Ethics.

Connecting people with heritage

This concentrates on exploring access by addressing themes and issues that enable people and communities to connect with heritage, underpinned by sustainable management plans. This research priority concentrates on access by addressing themes and issues that enable people and communities to connect with heritage. There will be implications for the broader tourism and transport industry as well as the social and cultural capital (for example through volunteering) it provides, as well as issues around sustainability. This also applies to developments in technology and their impact on cultural heritage in an increasingly digital age. Who owns the digital forms of cultural heritage and who decides who can create it, access and use it, how can it be protected from copyright infringement and how is Intellectual Property assigned in a digital world?

The main research areas are: Protection through Use, Sustainability, Security, Heritage Information.

Creating knowledge

This involves deepening our understanding of the context in which cultural heritage exists and is formed, and developing innovative approaches, applications and tools that will create added value for society from cultural heritage. This theme is about deepening our understanding of the context in which cultural heritage exists and develops, as well as developing innovative approaches, applications and tools that will create added value for the whole society.

The main research areas are: Linking Information, Change, Methods and Measurements, Integrating risks.

Safeguarding our cultural heritage resource

This explores how we can protect our heritage and the research that is required to support protection. This theme is about how we can protect our heritage and the related research that is required to support it. What measures are needed to safeguard the tangible, intangible and digital cultural heritage as a whole? Environmental and anthropogenic effects including climate change will have an impact on cultural heritage in the 21st Century, and research is required to identify and manage the vulnerability of cultural heritage to environmental and other changes.

The main research areas are: Conservation, Adaptation, Mitigation.

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