Networked School of Digital Cultural Heritage


On 16 February 2015, in Rome, at Istituto Luigi Sturzo and ISIA Roma, the Italian Association of Cultural Institutes (AICI) met several public and private cultural institutions, foundations, enterprises and research companies for starting the innovative educational project “Networked School of Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities”. The project, promoted by AICI, aims to achieve an international virtual school for the acquisition of proficiency in the field of the digital services applied to cultural heritage.


College students in a computer lab


Promoter Srl participates in the project as an active member of the Network and attended to the ceremony of signature of the network agreement in Rome.

With its strong experience in participation and management of European and international projects and in the field of the digital communication and digital cultural heritage, Promoter will actively contribute to the Networked School by making its specific expertise available to the training courses, by fostering the participation in the European Community’s programmes and by coordinating communication and dissemination activities devoted to promoting the School at a national, European and international level.

The importance of the digital technologies for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage is constantly growing and Italy is keeping a very prominent role in launching research and innovation actions in the field. Nevertheless, so far Italy is still missing a comprehensive and organic educational path in the sector of the digital technologies applied to culture, apart from significant, but still not-aggregated, initiatives by many excellent universities.

Through the valuable contribution of its Public-Private-Partnership, this project joins the specific expertise of many national organisations for realising a school of digital cultural heritage, where all these competences are available together.

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Objectives of the Networked School

The School has a twofold set of objectives:

  • educational objectives – to provide the learners with a series of cultural and scientific tools aimed at stimulating interdisciplinary approaches and the participation in national and international projects for the preservation and promotion of digital cultural heritage, arts and humanities
  • scientific and social objectives – to develop a digital knowledge and a digital culture in the people who are already working in the cultural sector as well as in the new generations, in order to improve the value, the communication and the enjoyment of the cultural contents.

The School, presented as a “wall-less school”, groups together centres of excellence in a virtual campus realised with the collaboration of Consortium BAICR and Consortium GARR. Training courses and modules, supplied in a blended and/or e-learning mode, will be activated at the participant institutes and focused on the following subjects:

  1. Digital Humanities – text analysis, multilingual search, translation technologies
  2. Digital Cultural Heritage – digital technologies used by museums, libraries, and archives for the preservation and enjoyment of tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  3. Digital Art and Communication – digital artistic creation, digital media, e-learning
  4. Economy and management of Art and Digital Culture – promotion and dissemination of culture, art and tourism for an economic and social development.
  5. Design for the Cultural Heritage System  design for digital consumption of cultural heritage and planning for interaction between cultural heritage organisations


Criteria for candidate selection

The following criteria will be applied for the selection of the candidates requesting to access the courses:

  • check of the course credits – the school will gather learners with a bachelor degree coming from a wide range of disciplines in the scientific (Science, Information Technology), technological (Engineering, Architecture), economic-legal (Economics, Law, Political Science) and humanistic (Literature, History, Philosophy, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Heritage, European and Oriental Languages and Literatures etc.) sectors
  • knowledge of English will be an essential requisite
  • an access test will also be implemented.

The announcement selection, stating the required criteria for participation, will be published on the website of the Networked School’s partners.

The School is open to foreign students, European and extra-European, requiring a basic knowledge of the Italian language.

The School’s courses will end with an experimental thesis, to be discussed by the student with a Commission of international experts.


16 February’s meeting programme

10.00 – 13.00

Istituto Luigi Sturzo, Sala Perin Del Vaga

Via delle Coppelle, 35

Session chaired by HM Luigi Berlinguer, President of the National Committee for the practical learning of music by all students and President of the Committee for the development of the scientific and technological culture at the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

Introduction by Dr Carmine Marinucci, AICI’s Secretary General: “Network agreement for the Networked School of Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities”

Intervention by: HM Silvia Costa, President of the Commission for Culture and Education at the European Parliament; HM Flavia Piccoli Nardelli, Vice-President of the Commission for Culture, Science and Education at the Chamber of Deputies; Prof Gino Nicolais, President of the National Research Council; Dr Federico Ruggieri, Director of Consortium GARR; Dr Raffaele Liberali, Assessor for Development, Employment, Training and Research Policies of Basilicata Region; Dr Rossana Rummo, General Manager of DG Libraries and Cultural Institutions of MiBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism); Prof Alberto Melloni, Counselor of the Minister of Education, University and Research.

14.00 – 16.00

Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche – ISIA Roma

Piazza della Maddalena, 53

Organisation of the first educational programmes and school activities.


Download the meeting’s programme (Italian language)

Download the article by Silvia Bernardi of Il Sole 24 Ore, Sunday 1st of March 2015

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