PREFORMA Innovation Workshop

Date: 7 March 2017

Venue: Botanical Garden, Via Orto Botanico 15, Padua (Italy),

Aim of the workshop is to highlight the importance of standardisation and file format validation for the long term preservation of digtal cultural content, present the open source conformance checkers developed in the project and the business models that can be built around them, and involve memory institutions outside the PREFORMA consortium in testing, using and further developing the software.

The event will include:

- keynote speeches by international experts in digital preservation and open source business modelling;

- a panel to reflect on how to measure the impact of a project and to ensure its sustainability;

- live demonstrations of the software developed by the three suppliers (the veraPDF consortium, Easy Innova, MediaArea);

- an informal networking event where attendees can share experiences, meet the PREFORMA developers and learn more about the tools.

The day before the workshop, on 6 March 2017, the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua will host the fourth edition of the Networking Session for EC projects in the cultural heritage field, a successful initiative launched in the framework of the RICHES project and continued under the auspices of Europeana Space and PREFORMA.

All information available at: 

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E-Space Third International Conference

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine

Hidden in museums, archives and libraries around Europe sit artifacts that tell a story and are waiting for their day in the sun. The Cultural Heritage institutions began to digitize these artifacts making them available online, so that users would discover them and find value in learning more about Europe’s cultural heritage. Digitization is progressing and more hidden treasures are becoming visible. However, in today’s digital society existing on the web is not enough. Audiences want to engage with culture, they want to create their own stories not just read the ones that exist, they want to integrate the information in their teaching, their creative projects, they want to play with the material, not only look at it. They want to reuse, they want to remake, they want to reimagine.
The Europeana Space project is a catalyzer for generating new ways of engaging with digital cultural heritage through creative reuse in education and learning as well as in the creative industries. Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine, the third conference from the Europeana Space project, showcased the myriad ways that cultural heritage can be used and enriched through new technologies, innovation and the ingenuity of the creative industries.

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine
Monday 21st November h. 10.00 to Tuesday 22nd November h. 12.30

Conference website:

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13 May 2016: Show & Tell & Touch: Digital Culture and Education

Contemporary education, formal classrooms, museum educational programmes, lifelong learning are all increasingly embracing ‘the digital’. As more and more arts and culture artefacts become available in this digital space, it was only a matter of time before the two worlds, heritage and education, would find each other. But have they really?

Show & Tell & Touch: Digital Culture and Education is the second workshop organized by E-Space on education, and aims to reflect on how digital cultural content may be creatively re-used in an educational setting. This interactive and involved re-use not only improve the quality of education but engages younger audiences in a way more insync with their daily lives. Premiere speakers from around Europe discussed first class examples of digital culture education in practice, look at current trends in the field as well as (European) politics and set the scene for facilitating reuse.

All the information and proceedings (including video recordings) is available at:

RICHES second policy seminar

The scope of the seminar is to discuss how the RICHES project (Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society) can provide evidence-based insights to support cultural heritage policymaking in Europe.

In this light, the programme of the seminar will offer to participants the opportunity to challenge institutional points of view with some practical results of the research conducted by RICHES, with particular regard to the following themes:

Community-led developments: food and cultural heritage in the urban age – the role of local food movements.

Economics of culture: fiscal and economic issues in the digital age.

The use of craft skills in new contexts.

Institutional changes: exploring the status of digital heritage mediated by memory institutions.

European identity, belonging and the role for digital cultural heritage: structures for social and territorial cohesion and minority communities.

Two overarching themes will be selected and discussed among the participants in world café type discussion groups with the aim of providing ‘joined-up’ policy recommendations to be used in the definition of the H2020 work programme for 2018-2020. These topical issues will be proposed for discussion either on the basis of the European Parliament resolution "Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe" or on the basis of current societal challenges.

The seminar will start with a pre-event consisting in a networking session of EC Projects, a follow up to the first such session organised on the occasion of the first Policy Seminar in October 2015. The scope of this session is to reflect on how to sustain the organisation of these appointments in the future, after the end of the RICHES project. They represent a good opportunity to reflect on the impact that cultural heritage projects are delivering, identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their results, and identify synergies and the potential for collaboration among projects.

Brussels, at KIK-IRPA, 23rd May 2016

All information is available on RICHES website:

PREFORMA Open Source Preservation Workshop

PREFORMA Open Source Preservation Workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to learn how to use the PREFORMA conformance checkers and to meet the community which has been established around these tools.

7 April 2016

Kungliga Biblioteket
Humlegården, 102 41 Stockholm