Panel 6: Cultural heritage & ICT

Panel 6

Title of panel:

Cultural Heritage and ICT: Towards a digital humanism


Cultural and social implications of COVID-19; Technology-enhanced teaching and learning; Cultural heritage and new technologies

Short description of the panel:

People’s experience of the pinnacles of cultural achievement is too often limited to viewing an exhibition, at which they seldom manage to get close to the artefacts. Even a visit to an archaeological site fails to convey to the visitor a clear picture of the historical context in which it emerged and evolved.

New technologies make it possible to redefine how visitors approach art, ensuring that it is the art itself that is reaching out them. In this way, a person can become more fully involved in the perception and introjection of the messages bound up in the work, allowing these to grow internally, so that what Degas expressed can be realized by everyone: ‘Art is not what one sees, but what it allows others to see.’

As part of a growing strategy to enhance the appreciation of our artistic-cultural heritage, the panel aims to demonstrate the latest innovations in digital technologies to change radically our celebration, enjoyment and management of works of art, both in museums and out of doors.

At the core of this ambitious aim is a change in the approach that has been taken until now. The goal is to build a new cultural space in which the physical aspects of museums and historical sites, complete with their artefacts, are integrated into digital cultural content and services and interconnected in multi-site logic. Visitors and works are at the centre of this space, in which the knowledge and participation of both citizens and tourists are fostered and celebrated; moreover, administration by cultural institutions will be facilitated and collaborations supported.

The introduction of new technologies in cultural heritage emerged as one of our most important assets during the Covid-19 emergency of 2020, while we were exploring research and marketing. The impossibility of physical access to museums and archaeological sites has forced people to visit them virtually. Everything to do with art needs to be brought to them by means of innovative and pervasive digital storytelling. Moreover, this approach enhances artistic assets that have perhaps been regarded as of lesser value. We need to rethink the mechanics of perceiving artistic resources in multi-site and multi-space logic. Our rediscovery of places linked to a geographical area’s cultural identity can only emphasize the role played by our cultural heritage in strengthening our belonging. In enhancing our sense of place, it is intended to investigate how new technologies can enhance the intangible cultural heritage that is part of our geography.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in the panel:

  • Context experience-driven approach
  • Integration of contents and services
  • Re-use of existing digital heritage contents
  • Tracking of tourist flow
  • Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage
  • Safeguarding, conservation and exploitation of cultural heritage
  • Heritage management and economic analyses
  • Computer sciences in cultural heritage
  • Storytelling and other forms of communication
  • Digital capture and annotation of intangible heritage (performance, audio, dance, oral heritage)
  • ICT in support of creating new cultural experiences or digital artifacts
  • Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations


  • Marianna Carbone, Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Italy
  • Arcangelo Castiglione, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Francesco Colace, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Zaira De Vincentiis, Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Italy
  • Vicky Katsoni, University of Western Attica, Greece
  • Marco Lombardi, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Mario Molinara, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy
  • Domenico Santaniello, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Daniel Tejerina, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
  • Alfredo Troiano, Netcom Spa, Italy

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