Projects and collaborations

European research

We generate and share new knowledge to understand and preserve heritage.

E-RIHS is open to the adhesion or association of EU and non-EU countries, towards the long-term objective of operating at the global level.

Our community is therefore already pursuing a policy open to international cooperation, with many successes along its way.

Current projects

These are the projects that E-RIHS is actively working on within Europe, together with other organizations having scientific infrastructure in their heritage.

Archived projects

The timeline below shows visually the journey towards E-RIHS ERIC, which started in 1999 and continues to this day. Meanwhile, our community has grown and strengthened. We are now ready to become an operational research infrastructure!

The way forward

2022 – Expected deadline for E-RIHS ERIC Step 2 submission

2022-2024 – E-RIHS Implementation Phase


2022 – E-RIHS IP is approved

2021 – E-RIHS Step 1 submitted

2020 – The IPERION HS project joins 24 national nodes from 23 countries

2019-2023 – The ResInfra project develops four pilot projects, building on existing European research infrastructures

2017-2020 – E-RIHS PP project joins 16 countries (15 EU Member States plus Israel), 2 ERICs and 3 institutions representing scientific communities.

2016.03.10 – E-RIHS enters as a project in the ESFRI roadmap.

2015-2019 – The integrating activity IPERION CH starts with 24 members from 13 countries

2009-2014 – The I3 project CHARISMA joins 21 members from 12 countries

2004-2009 – EU-Artech is the first I3 project including a Mobile Laboratory (MOLAB). EU-Artech counts 12 members from 8 countries

1999-2002 – The EU network Labs-TECH joined 11 institutions working in heritage science from 8 countries

International collaborations

We are the only pan-European Research Infrastructure serving the Heritage Science field. We are collecting a strong interest from prominent international institutions and activating important collaborations.

Through these strong collaborations, we aim to present ourselves as a reference for scientific research not only in Europe but worldwide.

International Centre for the Study

of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural PropertyICCROM 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.

Getty Conservation Institute GCI

GCI is a private, nonprofit institution that works internationally  to advance conservation practice through research, education, applied fieldwork, and the dissemination of knowledge. Based in Los Angeles, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. With its multidisciplinary staff, the GCI develops innovative approaches and model conservation strategies for built heritage and collections, and serves as a trusted source of information and education for the cultural conservation community.

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Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. Founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829), the Smithsonian purpose is the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México

The National Autonomous University of Mexico takes as  a mission to teach higher education courses to educate professionals, researchers, university professors, and technicians who will provide a useful service to society; to organize and to carry out research, primarily on the national conditions and problems, and to extend with generosity the benefits of culture to all sectors of the population. Its substantive functions are teaching, research, and dissemination of culture.

Associação Nacional de Pesquisa

em Tecnologia  e Ciência do Patrimônio Established in 2015, the ANTECIPA aims at connecting researchers in the trans-disciplinary field of heritage science and exchanging knowledge, data and information thus helping the research and conservation of the cultural heritage.

Universidad Nacional
Universidad Nacional de San Antonio

Abad del Cuzco Established in   the 17th century, the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cuzco provides scientific, technological and humanistic professional training to university students and recognizes the values, principles and social responsibility of the natural-cultural diversity.

Resinfra EU-LAC

Launched in 2019, aims at identifying a number of  Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Research Infrastructures (RIs) that may be considered eligible for the construction of a bi-regional collaboration. The project aims to show the feasibility of the EU-LAC RI collaboration through existing examples, thanks to the development of four Pilots in different scientific domains that are linked to some existing Research Infrastructures: INSTRUCT-ERIC, LIFEWATCH-ERIC, E-RIHS and RICAP.

Social Sciences and Humanities

Open Cloud (SSHOC)  is a project funded by the  EU framework programme Horizon 2020 and unites 20 partner organisations and their 27 associates in developing the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). SSHOC transforms the current social sciences & humanities data landscape with its disciplinary silos and separate facilities into an integrated, cloud-based network of interconnected data infrastructures. To promote synergies and open science initiatives between disciplines, and accelerate interdisciplinary research and collaboration, these data infrastructures will be supported by the tools and training which allow scholars and researchers to access, process, analyse, enrich and compare data across the boundaries of individual repositories or institutions.

E-RIHS national initiatives

The E-RIHS national nodes are working on national initiatives and developing tools and strategies useful to all the heritage science community.


Heritage Science Data Archive
Heritage Science Data Archive (HESCIDA)
The HESCIDA project aims to modernize heritage science data management in Belgian cultural institutions and in particular heritage science data within the Belgian node of E-RIHS, closely linked to the development of E-RIHS DIGILAB. It addresses challenges related to data findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR).
The project collaborates with E-RIHS DIGILAB to standardize metadata schemas. Metahub, a bespoke solution, automates data documentation. Two pilot studies were carried out to evaluate and demonstrated how  datasets from partners KMKG-MRAH and KBR can be integrated into the repository. HESCIDA modernizes heritage science data management, enhancing data access, storage, and integration. Challenges include the need for further API development and issues with external tools. The project lays a foundation for a robust heritage science data ecosystem and provides an example for DIGILAB.
Coordinator: Wim Fremout
Period/Duration: 15 December 2018 – 15 June 2023
Funding: Belgian Science Policy (Belspo), grant FSIRI/00/HE1
EU contribution: Building an exemplary DIGILAB federated repository
Heritage Science Elastic Archives
Heritage Science Elastic Archives (H-SEARCH)

H-SEARCH’s focus is twofold. On the one hand, infrastructure and procedures will be set out for long-term archival and preservation of the scientific archives, maximising the use of an established archive management solution, preferably open-source, and a long-term preservation platform. On the other hand, H-SEARCH aims to make the archives consultable online according to the FAIR principles. To achieve this goal, H-SEARCH will build on top of the tools that were set up in HESCIDA: the new BALaT institutional knowledge platform and the Dataverse repository. In the proposed project, BALaT will be further extended with full-text multilingual search capabilities that search within the archived documents. This will be achieved using OCR, natural language processing and Elasticsearch.

Coordinator: Wim Fremout
Partners: KIK-IRPA
Period/Duration: 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2026
Funding: Belgian Science Policy (Belspo), grant RT/23/H-SEARCH
EU contribution: Building an exemplary DIGILAB federated repository