The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) is an exciting EU project which will support research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management. E-RIHS is a response to the challenges of sustainable services, facilities, accessibility and data storage for cultural heritage.
Currently, there are 18 participant counties (of which 7 have established ERIHS national hubs), 5 observer countries and 10 associated countries. 100 organisations are involved, included international bodies such as ICCROM who will have an integral part in the future of ERIHS. This is a large-scale EU pilot programme whose long-term aim is to become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
It will comprise: E-RIHS Headquarters to be established in Florence, Italy and National Hubs in affiliated countries. It will involve fixed and mobile national infrastructures of recognized excellence, physically accessible collections and archives and virtually accessible heritage data for a range of areas – for example, collections, buildings, archaeological sites, digital and intangible heritage. E-RIHS will provide state-of-the-art tools and services to cross-disciplinary research communities, advancing understanding and preservation of global heritage. It will provide access to cutting-edge scientific infrastructures, methodologies, data and tools, training in the use of these tools, public engagement, and access to repositories for standardised data storage, analysis and interpretation. E-RIHS will enable the advancement of heritage science and global access to the distributed infrastructures in a coordinated and streamlined way. For more details click here (www.e-rihs.eu)
From 2016-2019, E-RIHS is in its preparatory phase (PP) working on detailed logistics of assembling a worldwide network of affiliated partners and a global research infrastructure. The Discovery Programme is proudly representing Ireland in developing this worldwide infrastructural support for heritage science.
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