Digital Presentation and Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Project No: KA2-02-VET: 2019-1-BG01-KA202-062231
About the Project
The term “Intangible Cultural Heritage” (ICH) has introduced in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. ICH refers to traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. The process of digitization of the intangible heritage poses a number of challenges with regard to the standardized documenting of ICH objects with appropriate descriptors and digital formats, management of digitized ICH assets’ collections, access and delivery of complex ICH objects.
Today, there are e-platforms like Europeana, a European digital platform for cultural heritage. These tools collect a big number of cultural materials in order to make them available to citizens and the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) for a variety of purposes. In fact, the digitalized materials can be re-used to develop learning and educational content; documentaries, tourism applications, games, animations and design tools. However, they are, mainly, digitalized images.
The DigitCult project intends to overcome this limit and to provide a standardized guideline and procedure to digitalize, present and safeguard ICH assets such as folklore events, music, traditions etc.
The provision of a unified methodology for ICH objects digitization is a maintenance act that helps to ensure that these intangible cultural materials will be more long-lasting as they are transferred to an additional format which is easily accessible to the broader audience (people from different generations, cultures, locations), which is the main manifestation of the innovative nature of the project.
The internal beneficiaries are:
- professionals from partner cultural organizations who are not involved in the direct implementation of the project's activities and outputs.
- students from the educational organisations participating in the partnership who are trained in the field of presentation, preservation and dissemination of intangible cultural heritage.
The external beneficiaries are:
- staff of the institutions from the cultural sector
- professional networks;
- employers' unions and associations which are not involved in the partnership
DigiCult aim and objectives
The DigiCult aim and objectives will be achieved by the following activities:
- designing a technological educational model and setting up DigiCult virtual learning environment based on the contemporary ICT-based educational approaches and contents;
- development of e-learning courses addressed to ICH digitization and practical knowledge about the standards for digital presentation, storage, and promotion aiming at the improvement of their domain-related digital skills;
- piloting the developed course in DigiCult virtual learning environment and collecting user feedback, given the future improvement of the methodology proposed
IO1 – Framework for common standards and models for digitization, presentation and preservation of intangible cultural heritage
The framework will define the standards and methods for describing the connections, details, hierarchies, and levels of complexity of the intangible cultural heritage objects.
The development of such a common standardized framework to use for the digitization, presentation, and preservation of the intangible cultural heritage is an innovative element of key importance that does not currently exist.
IO2 - Training course Digitization, presentation, and preservation of intangible cultural heritage
An e-learning course based on the O1 framework will be developed. The training course on digitization, presentation, and protection of the intangible cultural heritage shall be developed in accordance with the EQF level 5 enabling further learning and progression to and within higher education.
The partnership will develop the course in line with ECVET principles expressed into the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary for the digital shift in the culture sector.
IO3 – Guide and recommendations for implementation of a system for digitization, presentation, and preservation in intangible cultural heritage
Actual examples and best practices, identified during the piloting phase of the project, on how the intangible cultural heritage to be presented and preserved digitally will be systematized in a report where will be also presented some recommendations for other users who intend to replicate the experience using the DigiCult Framework.
Burgas Free University /BFU/ is one of the first non-state universities in Bulgaria, established in the biggest industrial and cultural centre in the south-eastern region of Bulgaria. Burgas Free University is a system of centers and departments. The students receive training in the following Faculties: Faculty of Law; Faculty of Business Studies; Faculty of Informatics and Technical Sciences and Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences.
The University provides both staff and students with a stimulating and demanding academic environment and offers high quality training and solid foundation for future career development. It enjoys a reputation for its achievements in implementing modern curricula, as well as being an innovator in the modern academic history of Bulgaria. One of the priorities of BFU is to improve the quality of the training systems through development of innovative contents, methods and procedures taking into account the feedback and demand of the labor market and business organizations.
BFU is a pioneer in introducing new forms of training and this is a main priority for our academic community to be further developed and improved in the future. An emphasis is made on the alternative ways of education connected with new information technologies. Another aspect of our efforts is directed to the vocational training, continuous education and life-long learning
DIMITRA Education & Consulting is one of the largest and most distinguished Vocational Education & Training (VET) Organizations with Training Centers in five (5) cities in Greece. Since 1989, DIMITRA holds extensive experience and unique competencies in producing innovative and participative tools and methodologies for Human Resources development in a constantly changing world of work.
Through our activities such as training, consulting, research, innovation transfer and development of international collaborations we work towards the promotion of social inclusion, educational, cultural, scientific and economic growth. More than 30000 people, of all educational levels, have been trained by DIMITRA. DIMITRA’s permanent staff is approximately 50 employees and the organization also cooperates with more than 500 external trainers. IVET & CVET:
DIMITRA is accredited for offering both Initial and Continuing VET courses and Consulting Services by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) and the Greek Ministry of Education while it has been distinguished for its excellence many times.
Burgas Regional Historical Museum (RHM) is the biggest one in Southeast Bulgaria. As a cultural and scientific organization it studies, preserves and presents the overall history, culture and natural heritage of Burgas Region. It was established in 1912. Burgas RHM has 4 big exhibitions, Archaeological, Ethnographical, Natural History and the Newest History, in separate buildings, heritage sites in Burgas.
There are exhibited collections and exhibitions of regional and national heritage. It manages methodically all the municipal museums and collections in Burgas Region and sees to the preservation of archaeological and architectural monuments and reservations. Museum specialists organize and manage archaeological researches, conservation and restoration of cultural valuables, investigate intangible cultural heritage, customs, traditional culture, folklore, collect natural specimens, implement education programs, organize tourist routes and visits.
Larissa is the largest municipality of the Region of Thessaly, having a population of over 160.000 inhabitants (2011 census). The Municipality's urban agenda is extremely wide and spans from long-term project planning and urban development, to citizens' everyday needs.
The cultural sector is a major focus of the city, managed by the Mayoralty of Culture, including, among others, the administration of four museums. One of them, the Historic and Ethnographical Museum of Larissa, was founded in 1973 and emphasises on collecting, researching, exhibiting and promoting the regional tangible and intangible cultural heritage. HEML has quickly became one of the three largest Ethnographical museums in Greece. It holds a permanent collection of more than 20.000 objects, with a great intangible cultural value, dating from the 19th to the mid- 20th century. Building upon its rich collection and expertise, HEML organizes numerous exhibitions, research projects and educational programs.
European Training and Research Association for a Cooperation Key to Business
Contact Person: Michela Tramonti
EU-Track is a Multidisciplinary Research and Development Center composed of researchers with different backgrounds, mainly geotechnical engineering, nanotechnology and robotics, education-pedagogy, sociology, science education in STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
The strength of our Scientific Committee stands in the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach combining the academic-scientific and entrepreneurial aspects aimed to the implementation of research activities.
Thanks to our international network including universities, research institutes, business companies, public authorities, training centers both in Europe and in Asia, we strongly promote research and training activities for teachers, young people and professionals focused on innovation and labor market needs.
The association was created with the aim of promoting musical culture, formed by musicians in possession of appropriate educational and professional qualifications and promotes various musical initiatives, including concert festivals, in collaboration with Institutional Bodies and Cultural and Environmental Associations at a national level, concert lessons for schools and the organization of concerts involving young students.
Among the reviews we mention the Incontri Musicali, an event held since 2003 in the Lazio region that hosts talented musicians from the national and international scene who perform in sought-after and innovative programs.
From the 2011, the Association was the promoter and organizer of Ecosuoni, the meeting between musical culture, environmental awareness and eco-sustainability. The association since 2016 is organizer of the Pandataria National Music Competition in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Formia-Ventotene school Lt - Italy
Latvia Culture college (LCC), is one of the most experienced and rich in traditions colleges in Latvia. LCC offers modern cultural education according to the demands of labour market. Currently LCC provides three professional higher education programs accredited by the State: Culture Manager with specialization in stage arts (theatre and event production), fashion and design management, photo and video production, media production and PR, technical production (light and sound design) and music management ; Dance Group Leader with specialization in contemporary dance, modern dance or Latvian folk dance and Library Information Specialist programme.
LCC has coordinated a number of mobility projects and large scale projects under ERASMUS + and other programmes mainly focusing on researching and development of new educational programmes, training materials and methodological recommendations also for vocational training and lifelong learning, development of transational educational and social networks, interactive websites etc.
LCC also have experience with tripartite co-operation and various researches regarding digitalization and technological innovations in creative industries sector.
Just a half hour’s drive from Riga’s center, nestled in a pine forest, one of Europe’s oldest and largest outdoor museums can be found alongside the shore of Lake Jugla. It is called the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia.
Since its establishment in 1924, the museum has collected 118 historical buildings from all over Latvia. Riga and all of Latvia’s regions, Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, and Latgale, are represented here. The buildings have been set up to give visitors a sense of Latvia’s rural landscape.
At the Open-Air Museum you can find farmsteads of Latvian farmers, craftsmen, and fishermen. They all contain permanent exhibitions – household and working tools, interior furnishings – which characterize the time period, the district, and the owner’s vocation. The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia also has two sister sites, which are located in their original regions. Vēveri is located in the hilly district of Vecpiebalga, and the fisherman’s homestead Vītolnieki is located on the picturesque coast of Rucava
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