Competence Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage


The 4CH project will design and prepare for a European Competence Centre on Cultural Heritage (CC) which will work proactively for the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage (CH). The project aims to start implementing the structure, organization and services of the CC which will operate as a virtual infrastructure providing expertise, advice and services using state-of-the-art ICT with a special focus on 3D technology. A Strategic Advisory Board, including representatives of major national and international CH bodies, will be established to advise on cultural, scientific, technological, financial, strategy and policy areas. 4CH will design and implement the ICT infrastructure of the CC, based on a Cultural Heritage Cloud, compliant with the EOSC vision, to provide an open collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation giving access to repositories of data, metadata, standards and guidelines. Access to High Performance Computing service providers will be supported. The core results of 4CH work will comprise of: • a holistic interdisciplinary approach to state-of-the-art 3D documentation of monuments and sites for conservation, preservation, access and exploitation • guidance on policies and strategies • a catalogue of well-documented standards • an inventory of software and tools • guidelines for data acquisition, management and storage • a set of success stories on advanced digitization • advice on funding opportunities • training and education plans for professionals and managers • communication and dissemination of 4CH results • a complete business model and a sustainability plan for the Competence Centre. 4CH will foster the implementation of actions to substantially increase the number and the quality of digitized sites, documents and monuments.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Danila Longo

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Architettura

I.N.F.N. - Ist.Naz.Fisica Nucleare(Italy)

Other Participants:
Leica Geosystems Ag (Switzerland)
Pin Soc.Cons. A R.L. - Servizi Didattici E Scientifici Per L Universita Di Firenze (Italy)
Rdf Ood Ar Di Ef (Bulgaria)
Connecting Archaeology And Architecture In Europe (Ireland)
Istituto Centrale Per Il Catalogo Unico Delle Biblioteche Italiane E Per Le Informazioni Bibliografiche (Italy)
Michael Culture (Belgium)
Foundation for Research and Technology - HELLAS (Greece)
Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Plirofoforias, Ton Epikolnonion Kai Tis Gnosis-Imis Athena Research And Innovation (Greece)
INCEPTION s.r.l. (Italy)
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) (Portugal)
Institutul National Al Patrimoniului (Romania)
Visual Dimension bvba (Belgium)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (Netherlands)
Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)
Iron Will Llc (Moldova)
The Cyprus Institute Limited (Cyprus)
Université de Tours (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.998.208,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2023

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Sustainable cities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.