The European Commission has recently launched a new Competence Centre for digital preservation of Cultural Heritage that has been granted up 3 million euros from the Horizon 2020 programme.

The 4CH project (Competence Centre on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage) started on the 1st January 2021 for three years and is coordinated by Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Italy. It involves 19 beneficiaries from 11 EU Members States, including academia, industry, SMEs and research centres.

The project aims to establish a ‘methodological, procedural, and organizational framework of a Competence Centre able to seamlessly work with a network of national, regional, and local Cultural Institutions, providing them with advice, support, and services focused on the preservation and conservation of historical monuments and sites’.

Over the next three years, 4CH will work to deliver the following results:

  • A holistic interdisciplinary approach to state-of-the-art 3D documentation of monuments and sites for conservation, preservation, access and exploitation.
  • Guidance on policies and strategies
  • A catalogue of well-documented standards
  • An inventory of software and tools
  • Guidelines for data acquisition, management and storage
  • A set of success stories on advanced digitization
  • Advice on funding opportunities
  • Training and education plans for professionals and managers
  • Communication and dissemination of 4CH results
  • A complete business model and a sustainability plan for the Competence Centre.

If you wish to read more about 4CH, please visit their website.

Sources: European Heritage Tribune: European Commission launches Competence Centre on the digital conservation of Cultural Heritage 4CH, European Commission Press release, 4CH website