Project facts

Duration: 2009-09-01 - 2012-08-31
Project coordinator: UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Project consortium: Univerza V Ljubljani (SI), Schloss Schoenbrunn Kultur (AT), Centre Scientifique et Technique de la Construction (BE), Zagora-Zargorje d.o.o (HR), Ustav Teoreticke a Aplikovane Mechaniky AVCR (CZ), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung EV (DE), Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion (GR), Technion - Israel Insititute of Technology (IL), Alma mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna (IT), Universita Degli Studi Ferrara (IT), Instytut Podstawowych Problemow Techniki Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES)
Funding bodies: FP7-ENVIRONMENT - Specific Programme "Cooperation": Environment (including Climate Change)
Subject areas: Built Heritage, Heritage Management, Monuments - Sites, Preventive conservation
Contact: Pr. Roko Zarnic (coordinator)
Budget: € 1 257 652


The aim of the EU CHIC project is to set-up a system of the "Cultural Heritge Identity Card" (CHIC), which will introduce a systematic collection and storage of data on immovable heritage objects across Euroepan and neighbouring countries. The main objective is to develop and test guidelines, needed for efficent compilation of data, pertinent to each monument under observation. The system of CHIC will support sustainable maintainance, preventive conservation and rehabilitation of historic sites and monuments. It will assist application of newly developed strategies, which are designed to evaluate efficency and user-frendiness of the approach used for screening time-varying alteration of heritage buildings, caused by human interventions and environmental impacts. Partners of the project will promote and assist an introduction of the CHIC system in their countires and further facilitiate its use in the neighbourig countires through their links with governmental authorities, responsible for their cultural heritage protection and preservation.

Impacts & Results

The Identity Card concept of the project is oriented to heritage buildings and assets. The project focuses on immovable heritage, as monuments, churches, museums, palaces, castles, historical sites etc., on industrial heritage and archaeological sites.. The intention of the project is thus not further development of an existing model, but rather evaluation of successful and promising models and tools and assistance to the development of pan-European standards. The impact of the EU CHIC project is not only to show a significant cost benefit for cultural heritage owners and managers, by using common parameters, but also to increase level of professional education and vocational training in order to minimize harmful impact of ignorance, lack of knowledge and vandalism.


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