Operation of the "Heritage" Cultural Archive 

The "Heritage" 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:

  • 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 containing text, images, videos and in-depth documents and with the possibility of inserting reviews, experiences. voting, comments and sharing on various social networks.
  • Multi thematic and territorial: The archive it allows the visualization on web pages of single thematic and / or territorial instances. By assigning new categories and tags it is possible to create an unlimited number of thematic views.
  • Advanced Search: by 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
  • Multilingual: the innovative neural machine translation system is used.

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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