digital practices for the study of urban heritage

UDigiSH will contribute to DARIAH through open access to tools and practices of built heritage preservation, as well as to citizen volunteered metadata of contested historic urban environments that will enable the co-creation of new heritage perspectives. Also policy makers will benefit from the outputs of UDigiSH as the Working Group will offer to them information on the current challenges with regards to heritage preservation for the co-management of historic territories that are currently neglected. The Working Group outcomes will also contribute new data that can be reused and exploited for heritage management and smart tourism applications for the sustainable promotion of historic cities. Finally, the Working Group will contribute to the effort of DARIAH of developing personalized and individualized learning opportunities and methodologies. All datasets will respect H2020 FAIR policies, and metadata will be standardized for interoperability.

Urban research increasingly needs support in managing, sharing, curating, and analyzing data, which in turn requires capable software. These needs span scientific domains: 1) geoscience, with sensor and other field-based data, enabling seamless discovery, access, and transfer of data/metadata across resources, supporting computation and analysis; 2) engineering, with similar needs around data generation, capture, curation, storage, management, and sharing; 3) social science and community building, with capturing and integrating data from all users of the building stock of the city in an inclusive way; and 4) education, leveraging big and heterogeneous datasets and analytics to improve STEM teaching and learning environments. The proposed WG aims to respond to these communities, while still providing access to powerful curation and computational tools, meeting specific community needs.

Research community the WG members belong to:

  • Social Innovation, innovative entrepreneurship.
  • Software and hardware engineering, data optimization/mining/analytics.
  • Built Heritage, immaterial heritage, social science.
  • Human-centered design, design thinking, virtual museums, human-computer interaction, user evaluations, VR/AR/MR/XR.
  • Architecture & planning.
  • Disability studies, Urban studies, Information-Communication studies.
  • Data/Software Cyberinfrastructure.
  • ICT engineering.

List of Proponents:


  1. Kenton McHenry, Deputy Director of the Scientific Software & Applications Division, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Rossella Andreassi, The School and Popular Education Museum (MUSEP), University of Molise.
  • Fabio Maria Montagnino, CEO, Consorzio ARCA, Palermo.
  • Antonio Gentile, Informamuse (ICT SME); Professor, University of Palermo.
  • Ilenia Tinnirello, In.sight (ICT SME); Professor, University of Palermo.
  • Antonino Giuffrida, New Digital Frontiers (ICT SME); Professor, University of Palermo.
  • Filippo Pistoia, Cre.Zi. Plus cultural innovation hub.
  • Valeria Greco, PalermoScienza.
  • Francesco Belvisi, Ocore (SME).
  • Fabrizio Agnello, Professor, Università di Palermo.
  • Vincenza Garofalo, Professor, Università di Palermo.
  • P. Giuseppe Bucaro, responsible of Cultural Heritage for the Archibishop of Palermo.
  • Alessandro Ficile, Development agency of Madonie.
  • Arch. Marco Giammona, Butera Foundation.
  • Paolo Inglese, Professor, Museum system of the University of Palermo.
  • Luigi Vitelli, EU project manager, Euro-net.


  1. Diego López-de-Ipiña, FUNDACIÓN DEUSTO / Deusto Institute of Technology – Mobility, Bilbao.
  2. Gema Carrera Díaz, Gestión de de la Información, Centro de Documentación y Estudios, Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico (IAPH), Seville.
  3. Gaia Redaelli, President, PAX Association (NGO) Córdoba, Spain; and Partner of Studio Redaelli Speranza architetti associati (Milan, Italy)


  • Marluci Menezes, National Lab of Civil Engineering, Concrete Stone and Ceramics Unit, Materials Department, Lisbon.


  • Paolo Silvio Harald Favéro, Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture, Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) Dept. of Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp.


  • Mag. Dominic Weiss, Head of Smart City Agency, Urban Innovation Vienna competence centre for future urban issues in Vienna (www.urbaninnovation.at).
  • Pamela Mühlmann, Senior Expert, Smart City Agency, Urban Innovation Vienna.
  • Jürgen Weishäupl, BEAMY.space Gmbh, Vienna.
  • Werner Matt, head of the City Archive of Dornbirn .


  • Sander Münster, Head of Department Media Design and Media Production, Technische Universität Dresden


  • Julia Noordegraaf, Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam


  • Martin Bricelj Baraga, Transitory Research Initiative of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
  • Neja Tomšič, MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art (www.motamuseum.com).


  • Milena Vukmirovic, Advisor to the Director of Urban Planning, City of Belgrade – Office of the Director of Urban Planning.
  • Aleksandar Jevtic and Branislav Antonic, Serbian Association of Town Planners.


  • Fani Vavili, President, Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) Greek Section.
  • Nikos Tsinikas, Professor of Construction Technology, Department of Architecture, Aristotles University of Thessaloniki.
  • Evi Athanasiou, Associate Professor in Urban & Regional Planning for Community Participation, Department of Architecture, Aristotles University of Thessaloniki.
  • Dimitrios Kontaxakis, Assist. Professor in Digital Design, Department of Architecture, Aristotles University of Thessaloniki.
  • Ioanna Symeonidou, Assist. Professor in Digital Design, University of Thessaly.
  • Dimitrios Polychronopoulos, Professor of Urban Design, Democritus University of Thrace.


  • Chrysanthos Pissaridis, President, ICOMOS Cyprus.
  • Stelios Achniotis, President, Technical Chamber of Cyprus.
  • Athina Papadopoulou and Agni Petridou, Chief Engineers of the Municipality of Nicosia & members of the bi-communal Nicosia Master Plan and Europa Nostra Cyprus.


  • Aaron Sprecher, Associate Professor, and Academic Head of Technion Social Hub, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
  • Edna Langenthal, Senior Lecturer, Ariel University.
  • Jonathan Dortheimer.
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