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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

Project duration

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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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TENDER RELAUNCH for the Delivery of Equipment and Software for ICT and Digital Holography in Jordan

iHERITAGE partner in Jordan requests proposals for the delivery of ICT and digital holography equipment and software. New Deadline: 31st of …

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iHERITAGE Portugal develops a digital platforms to enhance the cultural experience of the Town of Tavira

Join the 2nd training session introducing the iHERITAGE Mediterranean Diet App and virtual routes on the 29th of November in Faro, Portugal

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Fostering cooperation in the Mediterranean through the enhancement of the eno-gastronomic industry of six countries

Join the cross-border living lab session aimed at SMEs and industries producing Mediterranean Diet elements for the promotion of a sustainab…

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iHERITAGE AR/VR Products for Cultural Heritage presented to over 250 People at the European Researchers Night

Mr. Tachelet, Director of the European Research Executive Agency, commented on the SHARPER Night event and the iHERITAGE AR/VR products on d…

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Register NOW and join us for the iHERITAGE Living Labs Program from Spain!

iHERITAGE partner, ASCAME is organizing its “Living Lab” training addressed to SMEs, Researchers, and IT experts, working in projects and activities related to the management …

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iHERITAGE Portugal introduces Virtual Routes in Mobile App

Download the iHERITAGE Portugal Mobile App today: introducing the digital routes of intangible heritage of the Algarve!

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iHERITAGE Spain to build an Innovative Holographic Exhibition on UNESCO World Heritage Gardens

The exhibition will immerse visitors in an immersive experience, allowing them to observe their historical progress inside the city of Grana…

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EXTENSION: iHERITAGE - Holography Equipment and Software Tender Opportunity in Jordan

iHERITAGE partner in Jordan calls for offers the delivery of equipment and software for ICT and digital holography. Deadline extended: 15th of November.

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University of Palermo to represent iHERITAGE at the "Sharing Researchers' Passion for Engaging Responsiveness" Night 2022

University of Palermo team introduced Immersive Virtual Reality for the protection of the cultural herita…

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iHERITAGE Portugal fieldwork highlights the importance of the Mediterranean Diet

iHERITAGE Portugal conducts a series of interviews in Tavira focused on the olive oil activity

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OPPORTUNITY: iHERITAGE partner in Egypt is seeking the services of a Marketing & Design Agency

Marketing & Design Agency needed for the production of an Augmented Brochure for the iHERITAGE project in Egypt. Deadline: 20/08

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iHERTIAGE explores the future of digital technologies in the Mediterranean!

Presenting iHERTIAGE project development efforts during the 16th edition of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders (MedaWeek Barcelona) under the topic "The Time is N…

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iHERTIAGE discovering the Mediterranean Diet through innovative marketing and digital tools

Industry-academia collaboration conferring advantages both to producers and consumers thanks to the activation of iHERITAGE research agreements

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: iHERITAGE partner in Spain seeks technical assistance for project implementation!

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry is launching a call of interest for contracting technical assistance …

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iHERITAGE gets closer than ever to enhancing access to Mediterranean UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

The iHERITAGE team holds its third Steering Committee Meeting in Alexandria, Egypt bringing together all partners to discuss project progres…

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Partnership between iHERITAGE Portugal and Tavira raises awareness about the Mediterranean Diet

iHERITAGE Portugal joins local initiative that uses video productions to highlight the value and importance of the Mediterranean diet.

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OPPORTUNITY: iHERITAGE partner in Egypt is seeking the services of a Video Production Agency

Video Production Agency needed for the production of a 360° Video Trailer of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Egypt. New Deadline: 23/07

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Call for Applications: iHERITAGE Italy launches 2 Scholarships for Graduates of Building-Engineering or Architecture

iHERITAGE partner in Italy announces the launch of a call for applications for 2 scholarships, the results of which will be used to deploy t…

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iHERITAGE: Holography Equipment and Software Tender Opportunity in Jordan

iHERTIAGE partner in Jordan calls for offers the delivery of equipment and software for ICT and digital holography. Deadline for submission: 30th of June

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iHERITAGE Portugal: Mediterranean Diet as a Multidisciplinary Concept

iHERITAGE team in Portugal represents the project during the presentation of "The Mediterranean Diet: Fostering a Common Vision Through a Multidisciplinary Approach,"…

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JOIN US: iHERITAGE introduces Virtual Walks through Cultural Heritage Monuments in Andalusia!

iHERITAGE Living Labs Program in Spain is making remarkable strides in the interpretation of World Heritage of Andalusia in the 21st Century going on its 4th Module

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iHERITAGE highlights the Importance of Education to Bridge Cultural Legacy and Innovation

iHERITAGE sheds light on its focus on Mediterranean socioeconomic challenges by offering a platform to demonstrate new economic growth trends for SMEs in the cultural sector

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iHERITAGE Portugal Creates Intangible Cultural Heritage List to Improve Socio-cultural Experiences

iHERITAGE Portugal compiles a list of Intangible Heritage artifacts for the enhancement of a socio-cultural experience via a digital environ…

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iHERITAGE: The first Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Euro-Mediterranean Countries is taking shape!

iHERITAGE partners are building up the digital register dedicated to intangible heritage: the first 100 entries are ready!

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EXTENDED: 6 Senior Technical Experts Positions for the iHERITAGE Project in Egypt Are Now Open!

Project Partner in Egypt is looking for senior technical experts that will support the team in reaching the objectives of the iHERITAGE proj…

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RELAUNCH: Research Institutions needed to develop iHERITAGE Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Products in Egypt

Calling for academic institutions to contribute in the delivery of research results in collaboration with SMEs to produce prototypes for ICT…

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Join as the iHERITAGE Living Labs unravel the World Heritage Sites in southern Portugal!

Join the iHERITAGE Living Labs course exploring the uses of innovative techniques as part of the technological approach to the intangible cultural heritage in the Algarve.

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iHERITAGE partner in Portugal establishes a new partnership and strengthens local ties!

The collaboration between the University of Algarve and Museu Zer0 is set on bringing the digital world and the concepts that drive virtual experience research closer together…

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iHERITAGE Living Labs in Spain: Advanced technological solutions in the world of today!

The course will explore the uses of innovative techniques such as immersive reality, mathematical walks, 3D printing, and many other themes applied to World Heritage in Andalu…

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Register NOW and join us for the iHERITAGE Living Labs Program from Portugal!

iHERITAGE Living Labs offers an opportunity to dig deep into the the creative, social and historic background of the intangible cultural heritage of the Mediterranean Diet in …

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iHERITAGE Welcomes 3 New Team Members in Italy!

iHERITAGE partners are always on the lookout for ways to involve their local communities, through trainings, job opportunities and more! See the full ranking of candidates for 3 positions here.

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Brilliant Minds and Prominent Policymakers Come Together to launch the iHERITAGE Living Labs Program In Egypt

The iHERITAGE project debuted its Living Labs Program in Egypt on January 31st, with government and EU delegation representatives laying the…

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iHERITAGE Project showcased at the world's biggest cultural gathering!

On January 9th and 10th, 2022, iHERITAGE was presented in the Italian Pavilion of EXPO 2020 DUBAI, with a focus on the new immersive technologies adopted by the project.

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Research Institutions needed to develop iHERITAGE Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Products in Egypt

iHERITAGE is calling for academic institutes to deliver research results in collaboration with SMEs as input for the creation and prototype …

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How does iHERITAGE intend to address the environmental effects of mass tourism in the Mediterranean?

Discover how ASCAME is working to achieve long-term development and spread awareness of the necessity to build greener and more sustainable …

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iHERITAGE Portugal sheds light on the world's best diet for 2022

Mediterranean Diet, which is classified as a cultural heritage by the UNESCO, ranks best diet by the U.S. News & World Report.

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iHERITAGE enters the scientific world for the first time in Portugal!

iHERITAGE partner in Portugal is developing a technological product focused on the digitalization of cultural routes and virtual storytelling, to be featured in a scientific p…

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Contribute to the virtual reconstruction of 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites with iHERITAGE project

As the project approaches its one-year anniversary, partners held their first in-person steering committee meeting to discuss and plan next …

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iHERITAGE Italy launches new webpage to showcase Sicilian heritage through interactive media

Italian iHERITAGE partner, the Network of Castles and Medieval Towns, activates its landing page showcasing innovative interactive media of the region of Sicily and project ac…

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REGISTER NOW and join the free iHERITAGE Living Labs Program in Jordan led by experts in the field of ICT

iHERITAGE in Jordan invites you to join its Living Labs Program on intangible cultural heritage, AR/VR, and Holography.

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iHERITAGE promotes the integration of ICT in Tourism at leading International Conference in Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian partners host the "ICT Powering Med Tourism" introducing ENI iHERITAGE and Med Pearls projects at the CairoICT Exhibition

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APPLY NOW for the position of Senior Technical Expert of the iHERITAGE project in Egypt

The Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations, is looking to hire a Senior Technical Expert to support the project team in reaching the objectives of the projec…

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iHERITAGE brings together UNESCO, Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, and ICT start-ups at Techne Summit

Egyptian project partner participates in high-profile roundtable discussion and exhibition at the largest investment and entrepreneurship co…

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El legado andalusí launches immersive landing page under the auspices of the international project, iHERITAGE

Check out all contents, contributions and progresses made towards the achievements and activities foreseen by the iHERITAGE project on www.l…

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iHERITAGE meets the world at the World Tourism Event 2021

The project was presented by iHERITAGE Italian partner at the World Tourism Event, emphasizing the synergies that may be formed with other initiatives for the enhancement of UNESCO heritage in the Mediterranean

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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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