Important UPDATE : Fair Heritage: Digital Methods, Scholarly Editing and Tools for Cultural and Natural Heritage

Date: 17 June 2020 to 18 June 2020


NEW: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the conference will entirely take place in digital format the 17-18 June 2020 (only two days).


International Conference (in digital format): : Fair Heritage: Digital Methods, Scholarly Editing and Tools for Cultural and Natural Heritage :

When and Where: 17-18 June 2020

Participants will be informed about the video conference system to join the event

Registration (see website): no costs for participation; registration is however mandatory.

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Abstract submission: 10 May 2020
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2020
Abstracts will be presented in 5/10 minutes flash talks during the conference.



A plethora of data about cultural and/or natural heritage is nowadays available to both public and private institutions (e.g., universities, libraries, archives, museums, etc.). These data are highly heterogeneous in terms of both formats and contents. In addition, the way in which they are organized and characterized depends on the socio-cultural contexts of different working communities, their research methodologies, languages, and ways of thinking. As a consequence of this heterogeneity, it is hard to find connections across multiple datasets or to agree on data publishing policies and shared vocabularies to describe data in a common manner.

Researchers and stakeholders challenge this situation by relying on theories, methodologies, and technologies developed in areas such as Linguistics, Conceptual modeling, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge representation and reasoning. These research efforts are characterized by a strong interdisciplinary nature and their methods are nowadays largely exploited in Social Sciences and Humanities (including Digital Humanities).

The purpose of the conference is to bring together multiple research communities and stakeholders working with Open Science and FAIR principles in the context of heritage studies. As advocated by the European Commission, FAIR principles play a decisive role to define guidelines and valuable tools for managing data in robust ways. We are particularly interested in research questions addressing both methodological and application challenges emerging from data management practices (e.g., data modeling, sharing, integration, analysis, etc.). The conference will provide guidance and ensure the sustainability and implementation of the FAIR model in the context of the European Open Science Cloud. For this purpose to be achieved, the conference will host practical sessions where participants can familiarize with existing methods and tools, and can present their own applications.


Topics of interest for flash presentations include (but are not limited to):

- Sustainability of FAIR principles for cultural/natural heritage knowledge representation and data management;
- Current social challenges for the reuse of research datasets, including policies for data reuse;
- Scholarly Digital Editing of primary sources, including written artefacts;
- Evidence based Digital Autoptic Processes on written and non-written artefacts;
- Books as 3D cultural heritage objects;
- Foundational challenges about knowledge representation and data management for cultural/natural heritage;
- Ontologies for geo-spatial or temporal knowledge representation and data management;
- Lessons learned from the use of ontologies like CIDOC-CRM or FRBR(oo);
- Methodologies, languages, and tools for ontology mapping, including ontology-based data access (OBDA) approaches;
- Semantic characterization of visual data, e.g., 3D models, 2D+ models, point-cloud sets, etc.;
 - Software applications for cultural/natural heritage data management (e.g., Web platforms, data visualisation tools, etc.);

Confirmed keynotes

Prof. Gabriel Bergounioux, Laboratoire Ligérien de Linguistique (LLL), University of Orléans (FR)
Prof. Roland Billen, Geomatics Unit, University of Liège (BL)
Dr George Bruseker, Getty Institute (US)
Prof. Arnauld Giacometti, Computer Science Department, University of Tours (FR)
Dr Cesar Gonzalez-Perez, Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, ES)
Dr Florent Laroche, École Centrale of Nantes (FR)
Dr Livio De Luca, Models and Simulations for Architecture and Heritage (CNRS, FR)
Dr Carlo Meghini, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “A. Faedo”, National Council of Research (CNR, IT)
Dr Alessandro Mosca, Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (IT)
Prof. Elena Pierazzo, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (CESR) / University of Tours (FR)
Prof. Ana Roxin, University of Burgundy (FR)
Prof. Julian D. Richards, Department of Archaeology, University of York (UK)
Dr Marianna Simoes, University of Hamburg (DE)
Dr Sara Tonelli, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Trento (IT)
Prof. Douglas Tudhope, University of South Wales (UK)
Prof Marcello Vitali-Rosati, Faculty of Arts and Science Department of French-Language Literatures, University of Montreal (CA)


Conference chairs:

Emilio M. Sanfilippo, Le Studium Research Fellows at the Center for Advanced Renaissance Studies (CESR), CNRS, University of Tours (FR)

Xavier Rodier, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Director of the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire (MSH VdL)

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