Project: Technologies and tools for the beneficial and preservation of TANGIBLE culture heritage

Duration 01/11/2014 - 31/10/2016
Project Topic Tangible cultural assets are generally located in large open-air sites or situated in a closed and controlled space (e.g. museums or private collections). Variations of the local environment, such as changes in urban pollutants, temperature, humidity, etc., can cause relevant alteration of the heritage objects’ conservation status. TANGIBLE aspires to identify and understand the different types of external causes that affect movable and tangible cultural heritage and need to be controlled for its safe conservation, preservation and sustainable management. All these effects to tangible cultural assets necessitate improved methods, technologies and tools in order to achieve more accurate risk assessment, diagnosis, documentation, monitoring and conservation of movable cultural assets. The high costs of maintenance of indoor and outdoor heritage directly enforce the prioritization of the monitoring and conservation policies so as to ensure a sustainable protection. Advanced methods, sensors, tools and special state-of-the-art technologies are used and developed by the interdisciplinary partners of the TANGIBLE project to evaluate and track the state of preservation on a wide range of cultural heritage objects in indoor and outdoor scenarios. Therefore, the impact of environmental changes is analyzed and proper risk parameters are assessed in order to ensure their safe conservation and sustainable management.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
All countries involved in the TANGIBLE project possess many cultural heritage properties of humanity declared as such by UNESCO. However, few of them have at their disposal an advanced system, either indoors or outdoors, capable of analyzing the frailty, risks or damage of the goods in a non-intrusively manner, thus leveraging new cutting-edge technologies which TANGIBLE then provided to improve the processes of rehabilitation. TANGIBLE proposed the realization of a toolbox (sensors + software modules) to handle monitoring, documentation and preservation of heritage objects. The developed system, based on the collected and processed data, alarms whenever any diagnostic parameter is altered on any of the surveyed art objects. The TANGIBLE outputs are available both as B2G (Business-to- Government) service to be licensed e.g. to museums, site managers or administrators which need to perform monitoring and inspections to better analyse their heritages, as well as B2C (Business-to-Consumer) service to be licensed e.g. to private citizens or professionals for personal uses.
Network JPI Cultural Heritage
Call JPI JHEP Pilot Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 GeoImaging Ltd Partner Cyprus
2 3D TARGET srl Partner Italy
3 French National Centre for Scientific Research Partner France
4 Foundation for ICT Research and Development in Andalusia Partner Spain