CNR, www.cnr.it, is the largest public research institution in Italy under the Ministry of Education, University and Research. CNR includes seven department and one hundred and five instutues that perform multidisciplinary research activities and ensure large and effective European and International cooperation in all fields of knowledge. SSH and CH researchers are part of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Cultural Heritage (DSU-CNR). Under the leadership of DSU-CNR, CNR coordinates the national node of E-RIHS.it, evolved from IPERION CH.it, after the publication of the ESFRI Roadmap 2016. E-RIHS.it is distributed across Italy and includes the most advanced national facilities and institutions operating in the crosscutting discipline of heritage (e.g. Opificio delle Pietre Dure, www.opificiodellepietredure.it).
CNR takes part in E-RIHS with DSU and five research institutes: the Institute for Archeological and Monumental Heritage (IBAM), the Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (ICVBC), the National Institute of Optics (INO), the Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies (ISTM), the Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI), and two third parties: the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Center for Colloid and Surface Science (CSGI).
DSUDepartment of Social Sciences and Humanities, Cultural Heritage, www.dsu.cnr.it. Research priorities of DSU are RIs in Social and Cultural Innovation (SCI), Migration, and Science in Society. In 2014, it organized the SIS-RIR conference that resulted in the ‘Rome Declaration’. It is in charge of the management of the national nodes of all European RIs in SCI and the Italian programme manager and owner of HERA JRP UP.
IBAM-Institute for Archeological and Monumental Heritage, www.ibam.cnr.it. It is a multidisciplinary research Institute of CNR with high expertise and specialized skills in the field of knowledge, documentation, diagnosis, preservation, enhancement, fruition, and communication of archaeological and monumental heritage. These skills are expressed through the multidisciplinary personnel of IBAM, composed of archaeologists, architects, geologists, engineers, chemists, physicists, computer scientists in
addition to technical staff which supports actively all research lines.
ICVBC-Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, www.icvbc.cnr.it. It promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to research in heritage science, such as development of diagnostic methodologies for the characterization of materials in artworks and buildings; monitoring and identification of environmental parameters for conservation; development of reliable and sustainable protocols to assess the state of conservation; development of sustainable conservation and enhancement of archaeological and urban sites; advanced protocols for preventive conservation and planned maintenance.
INO-National Institute of Optics, www.ino.it. Since 1990, the GBC-Art Diagnostics Group at INO has studed applications of optical techniques and developing instruments for non-invasive analysis on Heritage objects. The GBC collaborates both with institutions of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, and with prominent international research centres, conservation institutes and museums.
ISTM-Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, www.istm.cnr.it. The Cultural Heritage lab of ISTM (CH-lab) in Perugia conducts research activities in the field of Heritage Materials Science. In collaboration with the Center SMAArt of Perugia University in 2001 it funded the mobile laboratory MOLAB®, which was the beginning of the EU MOLAB program (within the project Eu-ARTECH, CHARISMA and IPERION CH).
ISTI-Institute of Information Science and Technologies, www.isti.cnr.it. The institute is devoted to research on ICT, with several major application domains, which include Cultural Heritage. NetworkedMultimedia Information Systems Lab of ISTI is active on technologies for the management, distribution, and fruition of multimedia information, i.e. information represented not only in textual form but also in audio/video.