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Innovative methods and tools for sustainable curation, access and reuse of Digital Heritage (EE/DRFMAT7P/61952)

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    Dr P Innocenti
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Project Description

This interdisciplinary project will explore innovative ways to digitally provide curation, access and reuse Europe’s cultural heritage resources within the context of cultural dialogue, tourism and cultural industries.
At present millions of digital heritage resources are increasingly being made available online (for example through the Europeana portal), with a variety of content types, quality and rights. But so far a number of issues associated with digital cultural heritage information systems and services are yet to be adequately addressed, for example in relation to content organization and access, users outreach and sustainability. The aim of the project is to evaluate methodologies and approaches leading to richer interpretations of European heritage and cultural identity in the digital arena, and to bring new perspectives to the creation of applications and services for digital cultural assets.

The following research questions are of interest:
 What methods can be defined for generating sustainable and added-value digital services to curate, access and reuse European heritage?
 What models and tools can be designed to connect marginalized communities with digital heritage resources?
 How can intangible heritage traditions (for example food heritage) be curated, made accessible and reused in digital environments?

The candidate will work in a vibrant research environment within the newly established iSchool at Northumbria University (, part of the iSchools organization worldwide ( dedicated to advancing the information field.

He/she will make original contribution to the advancement of methods and knowledge in Digital Heritage access and reuse.

Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to: Dr Perla Innocenti, [Email Address Removed]

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
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Funding Notes

The full-time studentship provides full support for tuition fees, and an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rates (for 2015/16 this is £14,057 p.a.)


Innocenti, P. (2015) Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage: Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781472448132

Innocenti, P. (2014) Bridging the gap in digital art preservation: interdisciplinary reflections on authenticity, longevity and potential collaborations. In: Delve, J., and Anderson, D. Preserving Complex Digital Objects. Facet Publishing, London. ISBN 9781856049580

Innocenti, P. (2013) Keeping the bits alive: authenticity and longevity for digital art. In: Serehxe, B. (ed.) Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Digital Art: The Project Digital Art Conservation. Springer, Vienna, pp. 217-230. ISBN 9783709114698 (also printed in German ISBN 978-3-9904-3533-5 and French ISBN 978-3-7091-1467-4).

Innocenti, P. (2013) Migrating heritage, digital cultural networks and social inclusion in Europe. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Digital Heritage, federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, & 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, plus special sessions from CAA, Arqueologica 2.0, Space2Place, ICOMOS ICIP & CIPA, EU Projects, et al. edited by Alonzo C. Addison, Livio De Luca, Gabriele Guidi, Sofia Pescarin. IEEE. Vol. II, 7-14. ISBN 978-1-4799-3169-9.

Innocenti, P., Konstantelos, L., Ross, S., Maceviciute, E., Wilson, T., Ludwig, J., and Pempe, W. (2010) Assessing digital preservation infrastructures: implementing a framework for library, engineering and eScience organisations. In: IS&T Archiving 2010: Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations, 1-4 June 2010, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Innocenti, P., McHugh, A., and Ross, S. (2008) Tackling the risk challenge: DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment). In: eChallenges 2008, IOS Press, 2008 Amsterdam, ISBN 978-1-58603-924-0.

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2014) Sustainability of Scholarly Information. Facet. ISBN 978-1856049566
Ian Ruthven and G. G. Chowdhury (eds.) (2015) Cultural Heritage Information Access and management. Facet. ISBN 9781856049306. (in press)

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