Digital and Cultural Heritage

Research Institute for Digital and Cultural Heritage

Creative arts, cultural heritage and digital humanities

Cross-disciplinary approaches to human culture, languages and technology, - such as data processing, ICTs, conservation science,  chemistry and biology – unveil new meanings and create new research fields such as digital humanities and heritage science. These innovative approaches change the way cultural heritage and shared values are studied, preserved, restored, managed, disseminated or even created. Creative industries have in fact emerged as a key driver of economic growth, where user-driven innovation plays a leading role.


Big data, Creative industries, Cultural heritage, Digital humanities, Interpretation of the past, Landscape archaeology, Library and archival science Museum studies, Reflective societies, User-driven innovation


Massimo Warglien
Lorenzo Calvelli

Research facilitator

Elena Grandi


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High-impact and award-winning projects

Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works

The BIFLOW project explores multilingualism in central and northern Italy from the thirteenth century to the beginning of the fifteenth.

It will begin with the systematic gathering of texts available in multiple languages and then lead to the construction of the first digital catalogue of these works.
This will then facilitate the creation of a map of the multilingual environments in which intellectuals were immersed at the time of Dante.

The subject of this ERC Starting grant, therefore, is not merely the texts themselves, but also the mindset of mediaeval intellectuals, whose immersion in a multilingual context in some ways parallels our contemporary experience of globalization.

Researcher: Antonio Montefusco
Duration: 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2020

Reevaluating minor rivers as cultural landscapes

The project "EUWATHER - European Waterways Heritage: Reevaluating European minor rivers and canals as cultural landscapes" is funded by the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and aims to promote a knowledge of the unique cultural heritage of minor waterways and historical canals in 4 European pilot regions located in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The overall objective is to develop a better governance, focusing on new opportunities for sustainable development and ecotourism.

Researcher: Francesco Vallerani
Duration: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017

Nanomaterials for the Restoration of works of art

Funded by Horizon 2020, "NANORESTART NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART" ­will develop a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science.
It is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure the long­term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage by taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and the cost of materials.
The project brings together centres of excellence in the field of the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world- leading chemical industries and SMEs operating in R&D and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums.
They will assess new materials through their use with artefacts in urgent need of conservation and then disseminate the resulting knowledge internationally.

Researcher: Antonio Marcomini
Duration: 01/06/2015 - 30/11/2018

Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular

Funded by an ERC Starting grant, this project aims to offer the first detailed and comprehensive study of the vernacular diffusion of Aristotle through a series of analyses of his primary texts.
Works that fall within the two main Renaissance fields of speculative philosophy (metaphysics, natural philosophy, mathematics and logic) and civil philosophy (ethics, politics, rhetoric and poetics) will be studied.
In light of their respective competencies, two research teams in Venice and at the University of Warwick will each generally focus their investigation on one of these two bodies of work.

Researcher: Marco Sgarbi
Duration: 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2019

Coping with rising damp in buildings

The aims of the project "EMERISDA - Effectiveness of methods against rising damp in buildings: European practice and perspective", within the framework of JPI Cultural Heritage, is to achieve a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and develop a decision ­support tool for the knowledgeable selection and successful application of these methods in the practice of conservation.
These aims will be achieved by gathering and sharing existing knowledge, until now scattered across the EU, and by acquiring new knowledge through the application of selected methods in case studies.

Researcher: Elisabetta Zendri
Duration: 01/02/2014 - 31/01/2017

Europeana Space

The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources.
It will provide an open environment for the development of applications and services based on digital cultural content.
The use of this environment will be fostered by a vigorous, wide­ranging and sustainable programme of promotion, dissemination and replication of the Best Practices developed within the project.
The extensive resources and networks of the Europeana Space consortium will be drawn on to ensure the success of the project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).

Researcher: Leonardo Buzzavo
Duration: 01/02/2014 - 31/01/2017