RICHES

Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society

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Description

RICHES (Renewal, innovation & Change: Heritage and European Society) is a research project about change: about the change digital technologies are bringing to our society, offering to the EU citizens a great opportunity to use their heritage as a drive for social and economic development. Digital technologies now permeate all of society, compelling us to rethink and ask questions such: how can CH institutions renew and remake themselves? How should an increasingly diverse society use our CH? How can the EU citizen play a vital co-creative role? What are the limitations of new technologies in representing and promoting CH? How can CH be a force in the new EU economy?"

RICHES will research answers to these questions by drawing together 10 partners from 6 EU countries and Turkey, along with experts from cultural institutions, public and national administrations, SMEs, the humanities and social sciences. Its interdisciplinary team will research the context of change in which European CH is transmitted, its implications for future CH practices, and the frameworks - cultural, legal, financial, educational and technical - to be put in place for the benefit of all audiences and communities in the digital age.

Particular aim of the project is making CH lively, living and most of all, lived by the EU citizens focusing on the following issues and objectives:

  • Identify trends, opportunities and threats for cultural institutions; gather and explore best practices with users; highlight strengths and weaknesses.
  • Shorten the distance between people – especially younger generations - and CH, to put CH at the heart of the EU governments’ development policy priorities, particularly in the current economic circumstances thus exploring co-creation processes and involvement of the media as instruments to help bridge the gap between CH and young people and those who are not, or do not feel, fully represented in and by traditional CH institutions and practices.
  • Explore how transferring traditional skills to new social and productive contexts can enable new opportunities for exploitation.
  • Investigate how curators of memory institutions need to transform their skills to manage digital heritage, to create digital libraries, to devise digital exhibitions, to interact digitally with users and visitors.
  • Produce evidence-based policy recommendations and practical resources for stakeholders and decision-makers (policy makers, programme owners, CH managers, public administrators and private entrepreneurs).


Innovation

The RICHES project will open with multidisciplinary research which will achieve a highly-textured understanding of the context of change in which CH is managed and transmitted and of how these changes affect the ways in which CH is experienced. 

RICHES will employ traditional and innovative research methods and tools; case studies will focus on copyright/IPR, the commoditisation of CH, performance-based CH; evidence-based reports, recommendations and guidelines will be produced for use by policy-makers, national agencies and CH practitioners. A rich dissemination programme including two major international conferences will insure the project has maximum outreach and impact.

Entity
  • COVENTRY UNIVERSITY COVENTRY (COVUNI), United Kingdom 
  • HANSESTADT ROSTOCK (ROSTOCK), Germany 
  • STICHTING RIJKSMUSEUM VOOR VOLKENKUNDEN (RMV LEIDEN), Netherlands 
  • STICHTING WAAG SOCIETY (WAAG), Netherlands 
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER (UNEXE), United Kingdom
  • PROMOTER SRL (PROMOTER), Italy 
  • FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A
  • CATALUNYA (I2CAT), Spain
  • SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET (SDU), Denmark
  • STIFTUNG PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ (SPK), Germany 
  • Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı (KYGM), Turkey
Documents
Duration: 
12/2013 to 12/2015
Financing: 
Seventh Framework Programme
Budget: 
3,021,244.80€