Project name HEritage and Digital Innovation Hub (HEDIH)
Objective Objective 3.2
Priority Natural and cultural resources
Aim The aim of the project is to develop a strong and unified vision of "pathways" towards protecting and enhancing heritage in cultural landscapes, which will provide policy makers and practitioners with up to date information to guide effective decision-making.

The project will contribute to a novel scientific knowledge and information framework that is people-centred, inclusive, and equitable. It will contribute to the development of concepts of ‘heritage’ literacy’, i.e. a decision making process by which people adopt and adapt tools and literacies passed on between generations of people. The ultimate objective will be a change in the way citizens view their relationship with the natural and cultural heritage by empowering them – as ‘Literate’ citizens - to take direct and sustainable actions towards healthy communities and, ultimately, a healthy planet.

To achieve this aim the project will:
• conduct research on processes that allowed the development of rich, multi-layered and varied cultural heritages, their persistence and changes;
• design context-tailored strategies of preservation of tangible, intangible and natural cultural heritage;
• develop a vision and apply new concepts and methodologies for re-coupling social, economical and ecological components in cultural landscapes and translate them into management options

HEDIH will then assess, synthesize and make accessible:
• Multi-disciplinary knowledge on drivers, dynamics and utilization of marine and coastal cultural heritage;
• Significance and values that cultural heritage hold for individuals and communities;
• Cultural heritage common elements and boundary objects that are potentially useful to link different communities in different geographical areas,
• Socio-economic role and significance of cultural heritage,
• Transformations and risks they are subjected to;
• Existing tangible (e.g. buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, artefacts) and intangible cultural (e.g. myths, knowledge) and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes and biodiversity).
Results Digital platforms designed to reach specific goals such as:
• Increase awareness of heritage preservation and promotion of regional identity within a European context
• Educate, facilitate communication and information exchange,
• Inspire greater interest and engagement in cultural heritage and its preservation,
• Connect people, support decision makers, practitioners and end-user in general
Cost € 2500000
Duration 3 years
Partners involved Comune Castelnuovo Magra (Liguria - Italy)
Partners requested From the following areas/regions: Liguria, Veneto, Voralberg, Scwaben, Mitterfranken, Unterfranken, Thuringen
Innovation The project will take a multidisciplinary approach to widen the range of specialists and increase the knowledge available for cultural heritage study by scientists, architects, historians, archaeologists, economists and wider stakeholders. It will promote skills-hybridization in humanities and science, prompting new forms of job creation.
Follow up of Governance of cultural heritage
Follow up fundings