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Periodic Report Summary 1 - ITN-DCH (Initial Training Networks for Digital Cultural Heritage: Projecting our Past to the Future)

The “Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage: Projecting our Past to the Future” with acronym ITN-DCH (, is the first and one of the largest Marie Curie fellowship projects in the area of the e-documentation / e-preservation and Cultural Heritage (CH) protection funded by the European Union under the FP7 PEOPLE research framework. The Project started on the 1st of October 2013 and its consortium comprising of 14 full partners and 10 associate members covering the entire spectrum of European CH actors, ranging from academia, research institutions, industry, museums, archives and libraries. The project aims to train 20 fellows (16 ESRs and 4 ERs ) in the area of CH digital documentation, preservation and protection in order to create them a strong academic profile and market oriented skills which will significantly contribute to their career prospects.
The current running world-wide research training activities in CH are fragmented and mostly designed to be of a single-discipline, failing to cover the whole lifecycle of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) research, which is by nature a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial research agenda. Therefore, ITN-DCH has an outstanding role since, for the first time worldwide, experts from different disciplines are collaborating to holistically document our past. It aims to analyze, design, research, develop and validate an innovative multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial research training framework that covers the entire lifecycle of digital CH research for a cost-effective preservation, documentation, protection and presentation of cultural heritage. CH is an integral element of Europe and vital for the creation of a common European identity and one of the greatest assets for steering Europe’s social, economic development and job creation.
ITN-DCH targets all aspects of CH ranging from tangible (books, newspapers, images, drawings, manuscripts, uniforms, maps, artefacts, archaeological sites, monuments) to intangible content (e.g., music, performing arts, folklore, theatrical performances) and their inter-relationships. The project aims to boost the added value of CH assets by re-using them in real application environments (protection of CH, education, tourism industry, advertising, fashion, films, music, publishing, video games and TV) through research on (i) new personalized, interactive, mixed and augmented reality enabled e-services, (ii) new recommendations in data acquisition, (iii) new forms of representations (3D/4D) of both tangible /intangible assets and (iv) interoperable metadata forms that allow easy data exchange and archiving.
ITN-DCH predicts that the skill-s sets acquired by its trainees will not only enable them to achieve the research objectives of ITN-DCH, but will equip them with special knowledge that they will be able to exploit throughout their careers. The project will enhance presence of all the fellows on International professional Networks such as ACM, IEEE, ICOMOS and CIPA. In addition to scientific and technical project-specific skills, which are achieved mainly through, outstanding research training, but also through the challenges described above; ITN-DCH aims to enhance the general capacities of its fellows for conducting and managing novel research so that they will become the next generation of outstanding researchers in this crucial and particular needed area of CH Protection.

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