Competence Centre on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Codice progetto: GA101004468

Programma: Horizon 2020

Call: H2020-SC6-DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-20-2020


The 4CH project will design and prepare for a European Competence Centre on Cultural Heritage (CC) which will work proactively for the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage (CH). 

The project aims to start implementing the structure, organization and services of the CC which will operate as a virtual infrastructure providing expertise, advice and services using state-of-the-art ICT with a special focus on 3D technology. A Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), including representatives of major national and international CH bodies, will be established to advise on cultural, scientific, technological, financial, strategy and policy areas. 4CH will design and implement the ICT infrastructure of the CC, based on a Cultural Heritage Cloud, compliant with the EOSC vision, to provide an open collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation giving access to repositories of data, metadata, standards and guidelines. Access to High Performance Computing service providers will be supported.

The core results of 4CH work will comprise of:

  • a holistic interdisciplinary approach to state-of-the-art 3D documentation of monuments and sites for conservation, preservation, access and exploitation
  • guidance on policies and strategies;
  • a catalogue of well-documented standards;
  • an inventory of software and tools;
  • guidelines for data acquisition, management and storage;
  • a set of success stories on advanced digitization;
  • advice on funding opportunities;
  • training and education plans for professionals and managers;
  • communication and dissemination of 4CH results;
  • a complete business model and a sustainability plan for the Competence Centre.

4CH will foster the implementation of actions to substantially increase the number and the quality of digitized sites, documents and monuments.


Durata del progetto

01.2021 - 12.2023

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento 

Danila LONGO (Dipartimento di Architettura DA)


Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)



PIN S.C. a R.L. Servizi Didattici e Scientifici per l’Università di Firenze

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Visual Dimension bvba


Leica Geosystems AG

Iron Will

Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen – Knaw

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Pliroforias, Ton Epikoinonion Kai Tis Gnosis

Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil

The Cyprus Institute

Idryma Technologias Kai Erevnas

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche

Connecting Archaeology and Architecture In Europe

Michael Culture

Institutul National al Patrimoniului

Universite de Tours


Budget totale: Eur 2.998.208,75

Budget DA: Eur 241.687,50

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto


Andrea BOERI

Giovanni LEONI





Danila LONGO




Personale non strutturato collegato al progetto

Saveria Olga Murielle BOULANGER (Assegnista)

Giulia FAVARETTO (Assegnista)

Martina MASSARI (Assegnista)

Serena ORLANDI (Assegnista)

Rossella ROVERSI (Assegnista)

Francesca SABATINI (Assegnista)

Giulia TURCI (Dottoranda)

Settore ERC del progetto

SH1_11 Technological change, innovation, research & development

SH2_5 International relations, global and transnational governance

SH5_8 Cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, cultural heritage

SH5_12 Computational modelling and digitisation in the cultural sphere

PE6 Computer Science and Informatics: Informatics and information systems, computer science, scientific computing, intelligent systems

4CH - Full general video

What are the aims of the project? 

What is a Competence Centre?

Why a European Competence Centre for Cultural Heritage?

What will 4CH do?

Who will benefit from 4CH?

Who is involved in the 4CH project?

Why is there an Advisory Board?