2nd meeting of 2020 ReInHerit – 28 & 29 March 2022
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, as major coordinator of the research programme Horizon 2020 “Redefining the Future of Culture Heritage, through a disruptive model of sustainability” (ReInHerit), on 28 and 29 March held the first live meeting since the launch of the programme.
The meeting, which took place in the BOCCF facilities, was opened by Dr Ioanna Hadjicosti, project coordinator. In her address, Dr Hadjicosti said she was proud of the smooth running of the programme and the harmonious collaboration among its partners. The partners went on to make presentations of the programme’s course and development.
ReInHerit aspires to disrupt the current status quo of communication, collaboration and innovation exchange between museums and cultural heritage sites in Europe and beyond it, by adopting digital collaboration practices as the main aspect of museum management. This will be achieved through the creation of on innovative Digital Hub. The programme’s first year of life comprised mainly of data collection through research, both qualititative (Questionnaires) and quantitative (Focus Groups). More specifically, in the course of this period, consortium members have collected a large volume of data (approximately 3000 questionnaires from all European countries) while more than 80 professionals from the fields of cultural heritage and technology attended the Focus Groups. This amount of research shed light on the major needs of culture professionals but also on the needs of the audience in terms of cultural management through digital tools. In this way, the foundations were laid for the creation of a Digital Hub.
Brief Description of the Programme
ReInHerit proposes a particularly innovative model of sustainable heritage management, which will prompt the creation of a dynamic network. This network will comprise of key stakeholders from the field of cultural heritage, experts on the technical management of cultural heritage, researchers, state museums, regional and local museums, and representatives of European Heritage Label sites.
Through the digital platform scheduled to be created, tools and resources associated with training, tourism, conservation, preservation, knowledge creation, content use/reuse, illicit trafficking of goods — necessary for the sustainable management of culture, will be shared. ReInHerit invites us to “re-inherit” our culture differently, in viable, sustainable, productive and participatory ways.
The Programme, launched on the 1st of March 2021, will run for 36 months, having more than 100 researchers as participants. Dr Ioanna Hadjicosti, Director of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, is the Project Coordinator, while the BOCCF’s team of researchers is comprised of Dr Christodoulos Hadjichristodoulou, Dr Polina Nikolaou, Dr Monika Asimenou and Demetris Bourboulas.
The following also participate in RelnHerit as partners: Cycladic Museum and Blue Shield from Greece; the University of Florence – MICC, Florence, Italy and Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative from Italy; ASOCIACIÓN ARTE SOSTENIBLE from Spain, the University of Graz (Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities) and STadtmuseum GrazGmbH from Austria; the European Cultural Tourism Network from Belgium; the Arcada University of Applied Sciences from Finland; and the University of Nicosia (School of Law) and the Research Centre of Interactive Media Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (CYENS) from Cyprus.