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The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) is an international Research Infrastructure project with a vision to transform research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management. E-RIHS aims to connect researchers in the humanities and natural sciences to foster scientific excellence and innovation, build connected research capabilities, and pioneer interdisciplinarity,  co-creation and research excellence. Our vision is to ambitiously stretch the scientific and technological boundaries of cross-disciplinary heritage science with a sense of social purpose and thus respond to the key social, environmental and place-making challenges to deliver wider societal benefit.

Our Ambition
  • Catalysing new cross-disciplinary research by mobilizing expertise and researchers in the humanities and natural sciences
  • Building state-of-the-art tools and services for research communities and the heritage industry
  • Leading the way in the development of digital platforms for the improved understanding, visualisation and use of heritage
  • Integrating world-class facilities across Europe to connect the global community of heritage science
  • Driving scientific excellence and innovation through visionary research projects
  • Developing skills and capabilities to build strong cross-disciplinary science and foster collaboration
Services in the countries

We provide advanced services to the heritage science community and heritage industry by bringing together cutting-edge tools and expertise through four access platforms:

  1. E-RIHS FIXLAB: access to large-scale and medium-scale fixed facilities, e.g. particle accelerators and synchrotrons, neutron and laser sources and other essentially immovable research facilities including the associated unique expertise
  2. E-RIHS MOLAB: access to a comprehensive selection of mobile analytical instrumentation for non-invasive measurements on objects, buildings, and sites, allowing the implementation of complex multi-technique diagnostic projects for in situ investigations
  3. E-RIHS ARCHLAB: access to physical heritage science collections, such as technical images, samples and reference materials, analytical data and conservation documentation, as stored in museums, galleries and research institutions
  4. E-RIHS DIGILAB: online access to data concerning heritage, with the aim to make it findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable, based on the FAIR principles. This includes and enables access to searchable registries of datasets, reference collections, thesauri, ontologies etc., and supports data interoperability through the creation of shared knowledge organization systems.

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