A proposal: E-RIHS as a Global Research Infrastructure


E-RIHS is one of the four Research Infrastructures proposed by Italy as a Global Research Infrastructure. The proposal is under evaluation.

Preservation of cultural and natural heritage is a global challenge for science and society at large. E‐RIHS provides state‐of‐the‐art tools and services to the multidisciplinary communities of researchers working to advance the knowledge of world heritage and of its preservation strategies. Several communities are joining efforts to operate E‐RIHS, acknowledging the need for an integrated approach. Some of these are integrating national infrastructure activities under projects such as IPERION CH (H2020) for Cultural Heritage research and ARIADNE (FP7) for archaeology; while others are prominent national infrastructures, such as CENIEH (ES) for palaeoanthropology. E‐RIHS is collecting a strong interest by prominent international institutions, leading to a world‐wide network of potential partners, and is then working for the possible integration of a global research infrastructure: G‐RIHS. The intergovernmental organization ICCROM is supporting the initiative and is committed to host the future legal entity of the global infrastructure.

Heritage science is a cross‐cutting domain embracing a wide range of research disciplines supporting the various aspects of tangible and intangible heritage conservation, interpretation and management. G‐RIHS will integrate national facilities of recognized excellence in heritage science. It aims to establish a distributed RI with a sustainable plan of activities, including offering access to a wide range of high‐level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in the preservation of heritage. G‐RIHS will play a connecting role in the global community of heritage science, fostering a trans‐disciplinary culture of exchange and cooperation.


List of Countries in G‐RIHS Proposal

EU member States (18): BE – Belgium; BG – Bulgaria; CY – Cyprus; CZ ‐ Czech Republic; DE – Germany; DK – Denmark; ES – Spain; FR  France; GR – Greece; HU – Hungary; IE – Ireland; IT – Italy; NL – The Netherlands; PL – Poland; PT – Portugal; SE – Sweden; SI – Slovenia; UK – United Kingdom.

All other Countries (10): AU – Australia; BR – Brazil; CA – Canada; CH – China; CV – Cabo Verde; IN – India; IL – Israel; QA – Qatar; TW – Taiwan; US – United States of America.


International collaborations


International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

ICCROM is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage. It is an intergovernmental organization at the service of our Member States. It contributes to the worldwide conservation and restoration of cultural property by initiating, developing, promoting and facilitating conditions for such conservation and restoration. It has five main areas of activity: training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy.



Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Cultural Heritage

IPERION CH integrates national facilities of recognized excellence in Heritage Science and offers access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in the preservation of Cultural Heritage; connects researchers in the Humanities and Natural Sciences and fosters a trans-disciplinary culture of exchange and cooperation for the growth of the European Research Area.
Coordinator: CNR – National Research Council, Italy
Website: http://www.iperionch.eu


Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe

The ARIADNE infrastructure brings together and integrates existing archaeological research data infrastructures so that researchers can use the various distributed datasets and new and powerful technologies as an integral component of the archaeological research methodology.
Coordinator: PIN scri – Polo Universitario di Prato, Italy
Website: http://www.ariadne-infrastructure.eu


Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium

CERIC-ERIC is an integrated multidisciplinary and multiprobe Research Infrastructure open for external basic and applied users in the fields of Materials, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology. With a single entry point it allows to use excellent facilities in 7 European Countries. Free access is by international peer review selection and open publication, industrial and/or proprietary use is at market costs.
Website: http://www.ceric-eric.eu


Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH-ERIC is a pan-European open Research Infrastructure Consortium for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods. It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods. DARIAH connects several hundreds of scholars and dozens of research facilities in currently 17 European countries.
Website: http://www.dariah.eu


Distributed System of Scientific Collections

DiSSCo is a new pan-European Research Infrastructure initiative of 21 European countries with a vision to position European natural science collections at the centre of data-driven scientific excellence and innovation in environmental research, climate change, food security, one health and the bioeconomy.
Website: http://dissco.eu/


Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies

PARTHENOS provides common solutions to the definition and implementation of joint policies and solutions for the humanities and linguistic data lifecycle. PARTHENOS aims at strengthening the cohesion of research in the broad sector of Linguistic Studies, Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History, Archaeology and related fields through a thematic cluster of European Research Infrastructures, integrating initiatives, e-infrastructures and other world-class infrastructures, and building bridges between different, although tightly, interrelated fields.
Website: http://www.parthenos-project.eu