H1: Heritage Archive

The “Heritage Archive” project was born from an idea by Ignazio Caloggero establishing the first Heritage Archive in 1995 (First Generation) and in its current version (Fifth Generation), constitutes the first "GeoSocial", multi-thematic and territorial Cultural Archive, containing the assets of the Material Cultural Heritage (historical-artistic cultural heritage, landscape and natural heritage) and Intangible (tradition, folklore, art, food and wine, typical crafts) of Sicily and Malta

The Archive has the following characteristics:

  • 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 Multi territorialThe archive 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 themselves
  • Multilingual: the innovative neural machine translation system is used.

The Heritage archive is not a simple list of assets that can be viewed on a map, but consists of a new generation database with cards containing images and often also videos and in-depth documents. Furthermore, the cards are interactive and social, users can interact by inserting votes, comments, reviews, experiences and personal messages to the authors. They can also share everything on the main social networks. Where relevant, the card incorporates Street View allowing a 360 ° view of the context in which the asset is located and of the path necessary to reach the individual assets. From the archive it is possible to obtain countless sub-archives both of a territorial nature (provinces and municipalities) and thematic (nature, archeology, myths and legends, REI and IWB registers, food and wine, bound assets, etc.)

Why is it important to create a Cultural Heritage Archive (tangible and intangible) that is as broad as possible? Simple, each component of the cultural heritage, alone or with other components, is or may become in the future an object of tourist interest. What today may seem an element of little interest, with the right ideas and combinations could become in the future, for example: an "ecomuseum" cell, a place of memory, or even contribute to enriching the "attractions" of a tourist destination if not to become an attraction itself. In some cases it also helps to understand and identify some aspects of the territory including the ancient Sicilian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine paths, as the cataloging and visualization of archaeological sites certainly helps to better identify some peculiarities of the ancient paths.

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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

Thanks to the subdivision into categories and a system of filters, the global archive can be divided into a myriad of territorial and thematic sub-archives, some already created, others can be activated simply by inserting new categories and tags to the assets already entered. Here is a list of archives and sub-archives that can be viewed, even individually:

  • Territorial archives (global and thematic archives at provincial and municipal level)

Thematic archives:

  • Archive of the (global) Naturalistic Heritage which in turn can be divided into:
    • Geosites Archive
    • Archive of Monumental Trees
    • Archive of State Equipped Areas
    • Archive of Natura 2000 sites
    • Archive of Reserves and Marine Protected Areas
    • Beaches Archive
  • Archive of the Material Heritage (global) which in turn can be divided into:
    • Archive of Monuments
    • Archive of Castles and Fortresses
    • Restricted Heritage Archive
    • Archaeological Archive
    • Museum Archive
    • Archive of the Baroque
    • Liberty Archive
    • Casemates, Bunkers and Military Posts Archive
  • Archive of Intangible Heritage (global) which in turn can be divided into:
    • Archive of Myths and Legends
    • REIS Archive: Register of Intangible Heritages of Sicily
    • LIM Archive: Places of Identity and Memory
    • Historical Archive
    • Archive of food and wine heritage (global)
    • Archive of Traditional Agri-food Products (PAT)

Furthermore, all assets have further subdivisions into:

  • All Assets
  • Highlighted goods (goods of particular tourist and cultural interest)
  • Excellence (goods of extreme tourist and cultural interest)

State of the Art: At the moment (January 2022), the archive contains about 10.000 assets and places of cultural interest. The declared goal is to reach 12.000 goods by 2022.

The population of the files of the Heritage Archive proceeds by incremental phases: cataloging, georeferencing, insertion of the first information and images, insertion of subsequent contributions that allow for improvement and enrichment of the information entered in the first phase.

The archive is hosted on this portal and accessible to the whole community by visiting the dedicated area Heritage Archive,  either through detailed territorial or thematic views displayed beautiful various areas of the portal based on the specific context of the same area.

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