I-Treasures project

Capturing intangible heritage and learning rare know-how

The aim of this collaborative research project is to examine the role of new technologies in the safeguarding and transmission of expressions of intangible heritage.

Cultural expression is not limited to architecture, monuments or collections of artifacts. It also includes fragile intangible live expressions, which involve knowledge and skills. Such expressions include music, dance, singing, theatre, human skills and craftsmanship. These manifestations of human intelligence and creativeness constitute our intangible cultural heritage. Intangible cultural heritage is at the same time traditional, contemporary and living, because it does not only refer to inherited knowledge but also to the renewal of contemporary cultural expressions. It refers to the past, to the present, and, certainly to the future and is the mainspring of humanity's cultural diversity.

In recent years, intangible cultural heritage has received international recognition and its safeguarding has become one of the priorities of international co-operation with UNESCO taking a leading role in this regard.

The project is run by a consortium of European universities and research institutes and focuses on traditional and contemporary singing practices, dance, craftsmanship and music composition. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, it aims to create a digital resource that will document key aspects of cultural expressions and enable their transmission through a participatory technology platform.

The project also aims to support local community development through partnerships with local schools, museums and cultural centres. 

Related outputs

  • Details of related outputs will be posted here as they become available

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Project Partners:

  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
  • Centre National de la Recherche (France)
  • Université de Mons (Belgium)
  • National Research Council (Italy)
  • Turkish Telecom
  • University of Maryland (USA)
  • Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Acapela (France)
  • University of Macedonia (Greece)
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (France)


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