Digital Practices

UDighSH studies how urban heritage and the abundance of culturally valuable structures and buildings across Europe can contribute to reflective processes and the creation of legible, open, accessible and enjoyable cities.


Challenged by urbanization, economy, gentrification and migration the experience of historical spaces and buildings is fragmented, thus mirroring the disconnected perception of urban societies.


  • Participatory Digital Narratives for Cultural Heritage.
  • Digital Humanities for the Study of (Historic) Cities.
  • A Cloud Platform for the Preservation of Built Heritage.
  • GeoVisualisation of Urban Histories.
UDigiSH builds on the tools and networks developed in the context of the COST Action TU1306 <>
Use of Virtual Reality environments for the immersion of users and inhabitants of cities in interactive visualisations of heritage data.
Mobile devices, 360 stereoscopic videos, and Augmented Reality applications are used by UDighSH for user engagement (here, in collaboration with the Future Earth network).

UDigiSH participated between 15 – 17 November 2018 in the 15th AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) International Conference organized by the Department of the Built Environment of the Technical University of Eindhoven / The Netherlands. Centred on “Smatness – between discourse and practice” the conference was a forum to update on implications of data to build more sustainable and people-centred cities.


Virtual Nicosia: an accurate 3D interactive model of the historic city of Nicosia, Cyprus, is used by UDigiSH members to test and develop new methods for the study of built heritage (youtube video).
Interactive visualisations of city models were developed by UDigiSH members as permanent exhibits in museums, for educational purposes – photographs from the installation at the Leventis Municipal Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus.
An example of interactive visualisation of built heritage (Paphos gate, Nicosia, Cyprus).
Nicosia Time Machine: UDighSH aims to reuse data collected for the creation of city time machines. c. CyI and AVL, NCSA, Illinois (

Software tools available to UDighSH WG:

Content Management System / VRE:

Clowder: An open source web-based data management framework based on the notion of Active curation to facilitate the publication, reuse, and analysis of data.  Built to be highly extensible so as to support multiple communities (e.g. Geoscience, Materials Science, Cultural Heritage, Social Science, etc.).


Researchers from The Cyprus Institute (CyI) secured funding for a major Integrated project in the latest proposal evaluation results announced by the Cyprus Research & Innovation Foundation on July 17.

The proposal for the RESTART 2016-2020 Programme coordinated by CyI Assist. Prof. Georgios Artopoulos and submitted in the call “Integrated Projects”, under the Pillar I. Smart Growth (Built Environment and Construction) was successfully funded following an independent evaluation process. The Cyprus Institute is the principal coordinator of the project, and companies, Universities and research institutions from Cyprus and abroad are participating as partners and supporters, including ICOMOS and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The project “Portal for hERItage buildingS integration into the COntemPorary built Environment (PERIsCOPE)” has a total budget of €1.1M, and received first place in the evaluation of the independent H2020 reviewers. The project aims to design and develop an innovative Building Information Modelling platform for the identification, classification, documentation and renovation of heritage buildings. PERIsCOPE will enable the exploitation of state-of-the-art techniques in the scientific fields of Building Information Modelling (BIM), remote sensing, terrestrial and aerial 3D modelling techniques, and non-destructive onsite testing. PERIsCOPE platform is addressing specific challenges of stakeholders, including public authorities and policy makers (Town Planning and Housing Department, Department of Antiquities, Municipalities) and professionals (architects, engineers, archaeologists and chartered surveyors).

DARIAH ERIC, and the Digital Practices for the Study of Urban Heritage Working Group, will widen the scope of the PERIsCOPE platform to involve the dissemination and exploitation of the project through key players and relevant stakeholders from other European cities, including Lisbon, Cordoba, Palermo, Belgrade and more.

FAIRsFAIR landscape analysis

Report on FAIR requirements for persistence and interoperability 2019

This document is the first iteration of three annual reports on the state of FAIR in European scientific data by the FAIRsFAIR project. The interpretation of the FAIR data principles and their implications for services are now under intense scrutiny across Europe with multiple possible outcomes. The report is based on studies of public information, especially EOSC infrastructure efforts, and on limited surveying and interviews. The focus has been on understanding the usage of persistent identifiers and semantic interoperability. 

The European context of the twelve interoperability principles of the New EIF (European Interoperability Framework):

  • Subsidiarity and proportionality,
  • Openness,
  • Transparency,
  • Reusability,
  • Technological neutrality and data portability,
  • User-centricity,
  • Inclusion and accessibility,
  • Security and privacy,
  • Multilingualism,
  • Administrative simplification,
  • Preservation of information and

Assessment of Effectiveness and Efficiency, which altogether fulfil the goals of Achieve Interoperability, and furthermore Achieve Legal Interoperability, Achieve Organisational Interoperability, Achieve Semantic Interoperability and Achieve Technical Interoperability (European Interoperability Reference Architecture (EIRA©) v3.0.0. P 65. Available from: 945eac3e/EIRA_v3_0_0_Overview.pdf).


UDigiSH participates in the U.S. National Science Foundation funded project Collaborative Research: CSSI: Framework: Data: Clowder Open Source Customizable Research Data Management, Plus-Plus (01/09/18). The project addresses diverse deployment configurations and discipline-specific needs, interoperability with additional domain repositories, and overall sustainability of the software within a distributed community spanning academia, education, as well as industry. More about the proposal at the following links:

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