VAST-LAB, PIN Scrl
Is the director of VAST-LAB research laboratory at PIN, the Prato agency for research, training and education of the University of Florence. A former professor at the University of Florence until 2008, he has directed the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, until 2013. Prof Niccolucci has coordinated several EU-funded projects on the applications of Information Technology to Archaeology, and through the EU-funded project ARIADNEplus he is the coordinator of ARIADNE, a research infrastructure on archaeological data he launched in 2013 and currently involving 41 research institutions from 21 European countries, the USA, Japan, Argentina and Israel. One of the founding chairs of the London Charter on the use of IT for Cultural Heritage, his main research interests concern knowledge organization of archaeological documentation and the communication of cultural heritage. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of JOCCH, the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage. He has authored about 100 papers and book chapters.
Speeches of Franco Niccolucci
Data for Cultural Heritage in EOSC and ARIADNE, the European Research Infrastructure for Archaeology
The European Research Infrastructure for Archaeology ARIADNE was born in 2013 with the homonymous EU-funded project and further developing with the ARIADNE-plus project (2019-2022). Its purpose is the integration of European (and, in perspective, international) archaeological data through the use of semantic technologies and text mining based on NLP and machine learning. As of today, the project has created an online catalogue of archaeological datasets including about 2,000,000 items. It allows discovering digital archaeological resources available on-line. The system is searchable according to the time-space-content facets and to keywords. Data are organized according to the ARIADNE Data Model (ADM), a derivation CIDOC CRM, the international standard for cultural heritage documentation. ARIADNEPlus extends the ARIADNE work as regards geographic coverage, including additional EU countries and important international partners; the time span, extending from palaeoanthropology to the present; and subjects, which now include analytical data. Other aspects of the project concern the strengthening and the extension of the research community â it is estimated that until now about one third of European archaeologists has used ARIADNE â and the support to the creation of national repositories for research data deposit in countries that still donât have them, as for example Italy. The final objective consists in the creation of a cloud for archaeology, compliant with the EOSC (with which there are important collaborations) which will make available virtual collaborative research environments with advanced services for the archeological data use and re-use.Speech language: Italian
Cultural Heritage, Archaeology