• Posted 05-Jan-2021

Commission sets up a Centre for digital preservation of cultural heritage and launches projects supporting digital innovation in schools

The Commission launched a European competence centre aiming to preserve and conserve European Cultural Heritage. The centre, which will work for a period of three years, has been granted up to €3 million from the Horizon 2020 programme.

granted up to €3 million from the Horizon 2020 programme.

The 4CH - Competence Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage will work as an ambassador for large-scale digitisation of endangered European cultural heritage as well as coordinating multidisciplinary expertise and mapping research. 4CH will receive up to 3 million euro over a period of three years starting on 1 January 2021. The project will also provide a collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation with a particular attention to 3D, while collecting, analysing and promoting best practices on metadata, standards and guidelines. Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy, coordinates the team of 19 beneficiaries from across Europe.

The Commission has also launched two projects to support digital education, worth up to €1 million each, through Horizon 2020. The first project, MenSI, focuses on mentoring for school improvement and will run until February 2023. MenSI aims to mobilise 120 schools in 6 Member States (Belgium, Czechia, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Portugal) and the United Kingdom to advance digital innovation, in particular in small or rural schools and for socially disadvantaged students.

The second project, iHub4Schools, will run until June 2023 and will accelerate digital innovation in schools thanks to the creation of regional innovation hubs and a mentoring model. 600 teachers in 75 schools will participate and the hubs will be established in 5 countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, United Kingdom, Georgia). Italy and Norway will also benefit from the mentoring scheme.

Source: Digital Single Market News (https://bit.ly/38YEoNX & https://bit.ly/3ogq4ab)