Characteristics and Operation of the "Heritage" Multi Cultural Archive 

The "Heritage" Multi Archive was born in 1995 (First Generation), in its current version (Fifth Generation), it is a "GeoSocial", multi-thematic and territorial Cultural Archive, containing the assets of the Material Cultural Heritage  (historical-artistic cultural heritage, landscape and natural heritage) and immaterial (tradition, folklore, art, food and wine, typical crafts) of Sicily and Malta.

The technical features:

  • Multimedia: Cards containing text, images, audio and video and therefore with the ability to also insert audio guides, video guides and further multimedia documents for further information 
  • GeoWeb: Information on geo-referenced interactive Google maps, localization and identification of the path to reach the property (where relevant). Some assets are also visible on Street view, therefore with a 360 ° view of the context in which the asset is located.
  • SocialWeb: Interactive cards with the possibility of inserting reviews, experiences. voting, comments and sharing on various social networks. 
  • Multi thematic and Multi territorial (Multiarchive): The archive allows the visualization on web pages of single thematic and / or territorial archives (integrated with each other). By assigning new categories and tags it is possible to create an unlimited number of thematic and territorial sub-archives.
  • Advanced Searchby keywords, phrases (full text), cities, places, locations or geographical areas chosen by the user, physical location of the user, categories, subcategories and tags
  • WikiWeb: possibility of autonomous management of the cards by the authors or collaborators themselves 
  • Multilingual: the innovative neural machine translation system is used.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the main archives that can be viewed independently:

Material Heritage Area

  • Naturalistic Heritage Archives 
    • Geosites Archive
    • State Equipped Areas Archive
    • Natura 2000 Sites Archive
    • Archive of Reserves and Marine Protected Areas (initial phase)
    • Archive of Monumental Trees of Sicily
    • Archive of the Beaches of Sicily and Malta
    • Naturalistic Heritage Archive (Global)
  • Malta Archive
  • Submerged Cultural Heritage Archive (initial phase)
  • Archives "Hidden Sicily"
    • Catacombs and Hypogea
    • Caves and Shelters of Archaeological Interest
    • Caves and Natural Shelters
    • Underground mines and quarries
    • Lava Caves
    • Air-raid shelters
    • Ancient Crypts
    • Other Underground Assets
    • Hidden Sicily (Global Archive)
    • Hidden Sicily (9 provincial territorial archives)
  • Military Historical Archives
    • Historical and Cultural Archives of the First and Second World War
    • Fortifications
    • Watchtowers
    • Casemates and Bunker Archive
    • Air-raid shelters
    • Military Historical Videos (initial phase)
    • Military Historical Documents (initial phase)
    • Military Historical Images (initial phase)
    • Military Historical Archive (global)
    • Provincial Archives (9 provincial territorial archives)
  • Archive of the Neviere (initial phase)
  • Museum Archive
  • Archive of the Baroque
  • Restricted Heritage Archive
  • Liberty Archive Castles Archive
  • Archaeological Map of Sicily (CAMS)
    • Lower Paleolithic Archive
    • Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Archives 
    • Neolithic Archive 
    • Eneolithic Archive
    • Bronze Age Archive
    • Sicani Centers Archive (initial phase)
    • Sicilian Centers Archive (initial phase)
    • Roman Sites Archive
    • Greek Sites Archive
    • Catacombs and Hypogea Archive 
    • Provincial Archaeological Archives 
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Ragusa 
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Syracuse 
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Catania
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Messina
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Palermo
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Trapani
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Agrigento 
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Caltanissetta
      • Archaeological Archive of the Province of Enna

Intangible Heritage Area

  • Archive of Myths and Legends
  • Archive of the Enogastronomic Heritage
  • Traditional Agri-food Products Archive (PAT)
  • REIS Archive "Register of Intangible Heritage of Sicily"
  • LIM Archive “Places of Identity and Memory
  • Archive of Holidays and Celebrations
  • Archive of Expressions
  • Archive of the Places of Remembrance
  • Archive of Trades and Knowledge
  • Archive of Historical Figures and Culture

Other thematic archives

  • Historical Archive (initial phase)
    • Ancient Crafts Archive
    • Historical Maps
    • Historical Videos
    • Songs and Oral Traditions
    • Images
    • Historical documents 
    • Historical Archive (Global)
  • Archive with Audio Guide (under experimentation)
  • Accessible Cultural Heritage Archive (under experimentation)

Territorial Archives 

  • Province of Ragusa Archive 
  • Province of Syracuse Archive 
  • Province of Catania Archive
  • Archive of the Province of Messina
  • Province of Palermo Archive
  • Province of Trapani Archive
  • Archive of the Province of Agrigento 
  • Archive of the Province of Caltanissetta
  • Archive of the Province of Enna

Note: in all provincial territorial archives there is a filter that allows you to view the assets of individual municipalities and individual categories of assets 

Here are some videos that describe how it works.

Getting to know the Heritage Archive - Part One: Meaning of GeoWeb and SocialWeb.

Getting to know the Heritage Archive - Part Two: Multi thematic and territorial

Getting to know the Heritage Archive - Part Three: Advanced Search and Use of Filters

Methodological notes

The population of the files of the Heritage Archive proceeds in incremental phases: cataloging, georeferencing, insertion of information and images. Immediately after having loaded the first information (taken from various public and private sources), a subsequent phase starts in parallel, which sees the review of the inserted cards to improve the content and enrich it with further information, documents and audiovisuals. In this regard, archeologists, scholars, organizations and associations are invited to join the project by providing their valuable contribution. In this regard, you can visit the page: "Your Contributions"

Relationship with the Heritage project 

The Heritage Archive is part of a larger project (Heritage Archive) which sees the cataloging and geolocation of the Sicilian and Maltese Cultural Heritage (tangible and intangible).

The aim is to provide a service to promote the area, accessible free of charge to all and to contribute to the economic and tourist development of our island.

We believe the project has a value:

  • Cultural: as it allows students and anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge on the Sicilian Cultural Heritage, to do so thanks to thousands of files in the archive;
  • Tourist: Through a system of filters in the areas of the portal linked to the main tourist locations and cities, the Tourist Map and the related cards of the most significant monuments from a tourist point of view are displayed (Cultural Heritage in Evidence)

You can contribute to the Heritage project reporting cultural assets (tangible and intangible) not present in the platform "Sicily (and Malta) on the Net" or reporting any errors in the information present, providing descriptive cards and / or images of any element that can be considered Sicilian and Maltese Cultural Heritage. "Your Contributions"

Note on the generations of the Heritage Archive

  • First Generation (1995): “Access” database offline only
  • Second Generation (2004): “Web Access” database searchable online, text only
  • Third Generation (2010): “Visual” database in Mysql, searchable online - text and images
  • Fourth Generation (2014): Dedicated database searchable Online integrated with Google Maps and web 3.0 technology (Georeferenced, Responsive, Wiki, Advanced search)
  • Fifth Generation (2020): Online "GeoSocial" Archive (Georeferenced, Social, Multi-thematic, Territorial, Advanced Search)
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