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iHERITAGE: ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage

About the project

The Mediterranean UNESCO cultural heritage needs new techniques to improve its level of interpretation, taking advantage of new technologies and commercialising the latest research results. In this regard, iHERITAGE will provide new solutions through an innovation-driven growth process to promote cross-border technological transfer, Living Labs, industry-academia collaboration and the creation of spin-offs and new products, using the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR).
The project will address socio-economic challenges at cross-border level through the active involvement of young people, women and NEETs who will take part in the Living Labs, training courses, and the creation of spin-offs, thus contributing to increase employment opportunities and foster innovation. The project will support collaborations among universities, SMEs, start-ups and spin-offs devoted to the creation of AR/VR/MR products. Eventually, iHERITAGE will improve access to UNESCO cultural heritage, on site and off site, and will contribute to the establishment of the Regional Centre for Safeguarding and Valorisation of Mediterranean Intangible Cultural Heritage, to be recognized under Category 2 of UNESCO.

Key information

iHERITAGE
iHERITAGE: ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Italy, Egypt, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, Portugal

Financial data

3.8 million
Total budget
3.4 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

10
Partners
6
Countries
16
Technical outputs

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Objective

To support technological transfer and commercialisation of new AR/VR tools aimed at enhancing the access to Mediterranean UNESCO cultural heritage through augmented and immersive experiences, by creating cross-border living labs for research and innovation

What will be improved?

iHERITAGE will foster the creation of innovative AR/VR/MR contents related to some of the world’s most outstanding tangible and intangible cultural heritage, namely 9 involved UNESCO World Heritage List sites: 6 in Italy, 1 in Spain, 1 in Egypt and 1 in Jordan. It will also increase entrepreneurial capacities of young people, public institution staff and researchers through training courses. In the long term, iHERITAGE will lead to the creation of a regional centre dedicated to Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean region and of the first ICT Cluster of Mediterranean UNESCO cultural heritage. The project strongly addresses cross-border issues such as the digital gap and uneven level of innovation culture across the ENI CBC Med Programme countries
 

Who will benefit?

  • 300 researchers and ICT specialized staff operating on the commercial development of their research ideas
  • 300 employees from public authorities who will benefit from special training courses, aimed to new hard and soft skills enabling them to work in an international environment
  • 6,000 NEETS, young people and women
  • 10 million tourists visiting UNESCO cultural sites involved in the project
  • 2 million general end users, who will be able to access UNESCO cultural heritage’s AR/VR multimedia contents online and off site
  • Managers and staff of UNESCO sites
  • Universities, researchers, SMEs and spin-offs
     

Expected achievements

  • 18 research agreements among universities, researchers and SMEs
  • 6 new training programs created
  • 76 new innovative products/services to boost the valorisation of the intangible cultural heritage
  • Creation of the Regional Centre for Safeguarding and Valorisation of Mediterranean Intangible Cultural Heritage (CRESPIEM)

Contribution to policy-making

iHERITAGE’s activities such as the creation of the first ICT Cluster of Mediterranean UNESCO cultural heritage and the “CRESPIEM” will contribute to partners’ national and regional strategies. Italy, Spain and Portugal, are among the 25 European countries that signed a declaration of cooperation on advancing the digitalisation of cultural heritage. As far as Mediterranean Partner Countries are concerned, it is in Egypt that the national strategy on culture is more developed with a Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage treating cultural heritage in a holistic approach and marking a unique experience in the application of the latest ICT innovation on heritage issues. In Jordan, the development of a national strategy has begun thanks to the Med Culture programme and to the active involvement of private and public institutions. In Lebanon “Lebanon 2020” aims to review the current state of Lebanese culture by fostering the use of ICT. On the Intangible Cultural Heritage side, partner territories have national and regional registers adopted in coherence with UNESCO 2003 Convention, but they are scarcely populated with text information and audio-visual materials on intangible assets and lack of a standard ICT system.

 

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Job Vacancies: iHERITAGE in Italy is looking to hire 3 new team members (extended deadline)

The Sicilian Tourism Department is offering a new chance for qualified candidates to fill the roles of a project manager, financial manager and project management assistant.

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iHERITAGE partner in Portugal celebrates World Food Day at Tavira Agricultural Experimentation Center

The University of Algarve, joined a guided thematic visit to help elevate the importance of the cultural heritage including Mediterranean Di…

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Italy: Join iHERITAGE on a journey to discover new innovational technologies in cultural tourism

The 2nd training module will foster a shared approach to the exploitation of Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies for the valorization…

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iHERITAGE sheds light on the Mediterranean Islands as a basin of historical culture identity

iHERITAGE sheds light on project initiatives making a significant contribution to the growth and expansion of the Mediterranean cultural tourist industry.

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Italy: iHERITAGE @ the "Sharing Researchers' Passion for Engaging Responsiveness" Night 2021

iHERITAGE partner, the University of Palermo in Italy, represented the project and it's innovative solutions at the SHARPER Night on th…

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iHERITAGE Portugal: What is Mediterranean Diet and how does its safeguarding impact the region?

iHERITAGE project partner, the University of Algarve, explores the value of Mediterranean Diet and the large impact it has had on the Portug…

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iHERITAGE: new webpage to showcase Jordanian heritage in an innovative way

The project's first landing page includes fascinating integrated Augmented and Virtual Reality elements from Jordan.

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Spain: iHERITAGE launches the first 3 contributions to the 1st Mediterranean Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage (REIM)

The final goal of the REIM is promoting and safeguarding intangible elements of Andalusia and of other regions' heritage across the Me…

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Jordan: iHERITAGE launches a tender for Ground Control Points Survey in the Petra Region

The Jordanian Society for Scientific Research Entrepreneurship and Creativity is launching a tender for Ground Control Points surveying of the Petra Region within the framewor…

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iHERITAGE: Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage aids Portugal's culinary and tourist development

Portuguese team to promote the Mediterranean Diet and its importance for the cultural identity of the Mediterranean within the framework of …

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University of Palermo, Italian partner of iHERITAGE, is looking for an External Auditor

Project partner, University of Palermo, requests the services of an external auditor for the verification of its revenues and expenditures connected to the iHERITAGE project.

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iHERITAGE will enhance access to UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean region

The further activation of Living Labs, training activities, and the establishment of spin-offs were among the many project activities discussed during the fruitful project mee…

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Job Vacancies: iHERITAGE looking to hire new project team members

The Sicilian Tourism Department is looking for qualified candidates to fill the roles of a project manager, financial manager and project management assistant. Deadline for su…

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Italy: iHERITAGE invites you to join its Living Labs Program on innovative interpretation of UNESCO sites

Researchers, start-uppers, and young talents needed to help create innovative products in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

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Spain: iHERITAGE establishes support group on intangible cultural heritage

Locals of the region of Andalusia will be associated to the creation of the first-ever database of intangible cultural heritage in the Mediterranean.

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Spain: iHERITAGE project is looking for an external auditor

Project partner, The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) requests the services of an external auditor for the verification of its revenues and expenditures connected to t…

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iHERITAGE project to create first-ever register of the Mediterranean intangible heritage

The register will include among others food, folklore dances, literature, dialects, crafts, knowledge from Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal and Spain.

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Meet the iHERITAGE team and take part in the project

Meet out team Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Egypt, Portugal, and Jordan and join us through living labs to enhance the experience of Intangible Cultural Heritage via ICT techniques.

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iHERITAGE explores use of augmented/virtual reality on heritage sites in Byblos, Lebanon

Experts from the Ministry of Culture, Louvre Museum, and the Lebanese American University recently conducted an on-site visit to the pilot area in Lebanon.

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Jordan: iHERITAGE living labs on innovation and technologies for cultural heritage

Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality, Holograms: learn everything about the latest technologies for the enhancement of cultural heritage during iHERITAGE weekly webinars.

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Experts needed for the iHERITAGE Living Labs programme in Jordan

The Jordan Society for Scientific Research is looking for 6 experts in different fields to participate in the activation of the Living Labs programme on innovative tourism.

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Sign up for the iHERITAGE Italian Living Labs programme

The iHERITAGE prfoject is inviting you to join experts in discovering ways to transform the cultural and tourism industries with the help of innovative ICT solutions.

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iHERITAGE Egyptian partner is looking for ICT experts

CEEBA is launching a call for expression of interest to hire an ICT expert with a deadline on the 15th of March 2021.

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Jordan: Equipment and Software Tender Opportunity under the iHERITAGE project

JSSREC calls for offers for the following services: delivery of equipment and software for ICT and digital holography. Deadline for submission of bids: 5th of March 2021.

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iHERITAGE in Jordan: Arabic Call for Tenders for Photography by Drones in Petra

The iHERITAGE Jordanian partners have extended the deadline for submission of offers until the 5th of March 2021.

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Jordan: Tender Opportunity under the iHERITAGE project

iHERITAGE partner extends deadline for the tender opportunity: Provision of Satellite Imagery and Various Digital Elevation Models.

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iHERITAGE Jordan is looking for an accountant

Deadline for the submission of offers is: 4th of March 2021, 4 PM CET.

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iHERITAGE project: experience UNESCO cultural heritage like never before

iHERITAGE utilizes AR, VR and MR to create innovation-driven growth process in Mediterranean UNESCO cultural heritage sites.

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