PLENARY SESSIONS

13 Maggio 2020  | AUDITORIUM VILLA VITTORIA h.10:00

Innovation Plenary

10.00-10:30:  Project Aerariumchain, Giorgio Rea, Aerariumchain Team Leader. PhD in Archaeology at Université Paris-Sorbonne and Università degli Studi di Milano. Experienced archaeologist specialized in research of Roman urban contexts and Roman wall painting. Daniele Buesich, Archaeologist specialized in Roman Provinces, expert in new technologies  applied to the investigation and dissemination of Cultural Heritage. For  several years he has been adjunct professor at the Brera Academy of Fine  Arts (Milan) and at the University of Milan. Collaborates since 2006  with the chair of Archeology of Roman Provinces - prof. M. T. Grassi  (Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage of the University of  Milan).

Aerariumchain.com is a project for the protection of cultural heritage. It is developed by the WEREA startup and incubated inside the Polihub; the project won in Italy the contest "Idee Vincenti 2018" sponsored by Lottomatica. Our solution is focused on preserving and enhancing cultural heritage (above all the artistic and archaeological mobile goods), adopting digital technologies such as 3D Scan, blockchain and artificial intelligence. In particular, we allow digitization (with advanced methodologies), the fast return of the asset in case of theft, the recognition of the falsified works and the use of models to allow a more probable restoration. The project foresees that in future the owner of a work of art can register it on our platform: he will have to create a 3D image of the object and insert all the certificates concerning the object. Our platform will create an Unique Virtual Image (UVI) from the 3D scan and the certificates, and will insert the Unique Virtual Image in a blockchain. Our algorithm will normalize all UVIs through a quality score, that will depend on a rating of the 3D image quality, certificates and credentials of the subject (for example higher for a museum, lower for an unknown owner). Our AI based algorithms will allow to match the 3D images inside the platform, recognizing the possible fakes or, in case of theft recovery by authorities, will permit the return to the owners in a short time. The project intends to intercept the continuous growth trend of the use of 3D reconstruction systems, developing a sophisticated AI that allows comparison between these images.

 

14 May 2020  | AUDITORIUM VILLA VITTORIA h.10:30

European Project Plenary

10:30-11:00: "Space technology in support of  cultural heritage", Oriana Grasso, Policy officer at the European Commission

The programme success is based on the concept of integration of many elements, from satellite data to sensors in order to create a dynamic “living” map of the territory, enabling  decion makers to decide when and how an intervention is required to better protect and restore.Space technologies  offer advanced new tools for the protection  of natural as well  as cultural heritage, The EU Earth observation programme Copernicus, in particular,  supplies reliable data and information for consistent monitoring of the environment, through  its  services and products. The further integration of space and non-space technology will trigger the development of new applications for the protection of cultural heritage.

11:00-11:30: Project UE STORM, Silvia Boi,Engineering S.p.A., Gabriele Giunta,Engineering S.p.A.,Patrikakis Charalampos,University West Attica, Fabio Perossini,Kpeople ltd, Maria Concetta Capua, University of Tuscia

STORM project was the best opportunity to cope with the challenge of merging computer and communication technologies with human and cultural oriented practices in conservation and restoration. The result of this powerful synergy between these two approaches (technology and CH needs) in view of mitigating effects on cultural heritage, is expected to enormously increase the mitigation of the damages created by climate change disasters. The main question, coming from the experience gained, is how we can capitalize the acquired expertise in the future. This will probably be done using strategies which could rely on local financial support and the possibility to have advanced regulations provided by local authorities. Communication between different actors will play a major role in the future achievements: the project faced a big challenge in establishing good communication among different competences so to say that now, after a three year project, it should be great to start a new experience counting on the level of friendship and communication achieved during the STORM project. But communication is also the key element of emergency management. The recent event which affected the Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris, 15/04/2019), was a matter of discussion between STORM partners and during those discussion we concluded that probably the proper preparedness was not in place. Preparedness could have dramatically reduced the reaction time and the effectiveness of intervention after a disaster. As a final though we are convinced that new professions could grow from the project experience, starting from cultural heritage experts such as conservators, restorers, archaeologists, architects, art historian involving specific branches of engineering; that could create new job opportunities for all those people provided that they will receive the proper education and practice experience. STORM has been a great experience and has increased the awareness on how digital innovation can bring a strong support to the safeguard of our cultural heritage and identity. But Storm is just a start of a wonderful adventure that will hopefully continue with the support of all the involved stakeholders: policy makers, cultural professionals, public authorities, technology and service providers and the entire society.

15 May 2020 | Auditorium Villa Vittoria h. 10:00

International Forum

10:00-10:30: The MirrorWorld, Susan Hazan, Senior Curator of New Media, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Expert European Commission, Moderator, Evaluator, Member Council Europeana.

This contribution is a wake-up call to custodians of cultural heritage to get ready and prepare for the next platform – the 3D and 4D experiences of the nascent Mirrorworld. Built upon the first generations of online experience, the sprawling communication platform of the World Wide Web, and driven by the ubiquitous reach of social networks and online gaming, the Mirrorworld will breach the glass ceiling of 2D experiences to draw us into a fully functioning 3D environment. Public institutions that manage cultural heritage for visitors, such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMS), are ideally placed to seed the spatial communications network that will drive the new platform. Despite the formidable challenges to be surmounted, it is up to custodians of cultural heritage to become proactive in building the Mirrorworld rather than to wait for third party actors to advance commercial interests with imitation culture, simulated histories, or made-up stories. As gatekeepers of cultural artifacts, GLAMs have the capability, the experience, and even the responsibility to tell their stories forcefully, accurately and in fully-functioning 4D.