Catalogue of Services

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Access to research facilities, archives and data

E-RIHS access services are centrally managed and provide access to 30 facilities and 140 techniques and archives distributed throughout Europe and organized into four integrated physical and virtual platforms: ARCHLAB, MOLAB, FIXLAB and new entry DIGILAB under construction. The resources and services of the four access platforms as well as the  expertise and know-how of the E-RIHS teams operating the facilities are offered to the community to conduct research and foster innovation in heritage science.


ARCHLAB provides access to organized scientific information in largely unpublished datasets from archives of prestigious European museums, galleries and research institutions.

Data, in a physical or digital form, have been collected through years of activities devoted to research and conservation of European cultural and natural heritage. Besides access to scientific, analytical and technical data on cultural objects, crafts, monumental and archaeological sites of international importance and related samples, access is provided to collections such as reference samples, art materials and several types of archaeological collections. Access to ARCHLAB is accompanied by expert personnel at the facilities for direct and fruitful interaction.


FIXLAB provides access for the heritage science (HS) community to key fixed research facilities and to the associated scientific experience of their staff that develop and maintain sophisticated state‐of‐the‐art instrumentation for advanced diagnostics and archaeometry.

Access is offered to researchers in Heritage Science to help address the major questions raised by the materiality of Heritage Science artefacts in terms of their genesis, manufacturing processes, alterations, conservation and preservation. The unique FIXLAB services offered to the HS community embrace advanced state‐of‐the‐art instrumentation; dedicated facilities with teams of experts in the field of micro‐analysis of HS artefacts; novel developments resulting from IPERION HS joint research activities to improve access progressively; development of both new sample‐positioning devices at a micro‐scale and software tools for the integration of imaging data.


MOLAB (MObile LABoratory) consists of key European laboratories providing access to state of the art mobile equipment and related competencies, for in-situ non-destructive measurements of artworks, collections, monuments and sites.

Analyses address art-historical or archaeological questions, conservation assessments, optimal preservation strategies, and conservation treatment monitoring. Techniques are non-invasive, requiring no sampling or surface contact. MOLAB is essential for examining immovable historical artifacts and fragile movable objects that cannot be easily transported. An advantage of MOLAB is that in-situ measurements yield real-time results, facilitating immediate data discussion and guiding analysis according to research objectives.


The new platform of data and digital tools for creating new heritage science knowledge will be available soon.

DIGILAB will offer online access to digital data predominately generated by ARCHLAB, FIXLAB and MOLAB complemented with digital tools for interrogating, processing, analyzing, and interpretating such data, creating new knowledge. DIGILAB will support data interoperability through the creation of shared knowledge organization systems following the FAIR principles and in alignment with EOSC.