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Lazio Cultural Heritage Technology District 
The CENTER OF EXCELLENCE project 
Fostering innovation 
through Education and...
Outline 
• Diglab 
• Cultural Heritage Technology District (DCT): 
Motivations and objectives 
• DCT Lazio: structure and ...
DigiLab – Sapienza Università di Roma 
DigiLab is an Interdepartmental Center for research 
and services at the University...
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 4
CULTURAL HERITAGE 
DISTRICTS: MOTIVATIONS 
AND OBJECTIVES 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 5
Districts and Cultural Heritage: 
the EU framework 
“Commission considers it necessary to develop 
knowledge networks betw...
DTC 
The Lazio Cultural Heritage Technology District 
It is estimated that Italy 
possesses 80% of the 
artistic and cultu...
Objectives of DCT: Define strategy, prioritize, grow 
• Define shared strategies for Research Institutes and 
Companies, s...
A stable bridge in the “death valley” (at least in 
Italy) 
Research 
Product 
commercialization 
Innovation process 
Join...
DCT: MODEL AND 
STRUCTURE 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 11
DTC – A model 
Public 
bodies 
Universities 
and research 
institutes 
Cultural 
organizations 
High Tech 
Cultural and 
C...
The role of public bodies 
The local, national and European public system 
• provides financial support 
• includes the di...
DCT: structure 
• Three (cooperating) sectors: 
– Industrial District 
– Technological District 
– Cultural District 
CENT...
SHARING is key to success 
• Previous district experiences, even when industry, 
academia and public bodies are included, ...
DTC Lazio. 2014-2015 projects 
R&D projects 
for the 
exploitation of 
cultural 
heritage and 
territories 
Center of 
Exc...
DCT CENTER OF EXELLENCE 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 17
Center of Excellence 
Connect Education and Research for sustainable 
Innovation 
Proposal Coordinator: Sapienza Universit...
Center of Excellence 
Connect Education and Research for sustainable 
Innovation 
Key ideas: 
• Lab approach: learning by ...
High education model 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 20 
Area 1 
Area 2 
Area 3 
Area 4 
Area 5 
Area 6 
Specializ...
Applied research model 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 21 
Area 1 
Area 2 
Area 3 
Area 4 
Area 5 
Area 6 
Special...
6 Labs (areas) for education and research 
1. Digital technologies for the conservation, 
communication and improved acces...
3 Main Research Programs 
1. Infrastructures for preservation and 
exploitation of Digital Cultural Heritage 
2. Showcase:...
Centre of Excellence Governance 
Scientific 
committee 
Enterprise 
representatives and 
stakeholders board 
Administratio...
DCT: Timeline 
2008 
District Established 
Agreement between 
Regione Lazio, Ministry 
of Economic 
Development, Ministry ...
ADDRESSING TISP POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS 
• Fostering cooperation between ICT and cultural sectors 
(publishing being one) 
...
THANKS FOR ATTENTION! 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 27
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Paola Velardi, Università La Sapienza di Roma, Fostering innovation through Education and Research @ NEM Summit 2014, TISP workshop

  1. 1. Lazio Cultural Heritage Technology District The CENTER OF EXCELLENCE project Fostering innovation through Education and Research Prof. Paola Velardi Dipartimento di Informatica / DigiLab
  2. 2. Outline • Diglab • Cultural Heritage Technology District (DCT): Motivations and objectives • DCT Lazio: structure and projects • DCT: Center of Exellence • Timeline • How does this relate to TISP policy recommendations CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 2
  3. 3. DigiLab – Sapienza Università di Roma DigiLab is an Interdepartmental Center for research and services at the University of Roma Sapienza. 120 researchers and 8 Sapienza Departments participate in DigiLab COMPETENCES: Ancient world studies; Art history and performing arts; Classic and modern studies; Communication and Social Research; Computer, Control and Management engineering; Computer Science; Document studies, linguistics and geography; European, American and intercultural studies; History, cultures, religions; Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications; Philosophy; Statistical Sciences. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 3
  4. 4. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 4
  5. 5. CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICTS: MOTIVATIONS AND OBJECTIVES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 5
  6. 6. Districts and Cultural Heritage: the EU framework “Commission considers it necessary to develop knowledge networks between research institutes, universities and public and private monitoring units, in close cooperation with regional and national authorities” Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2010:0352:FIN:EN:PDF Previous experiences (2013): Creative Wallonia in Belgium and CREATE in Tuscany, Italy. Aim: aim to demonstrate the transformative power of creative industries for the rejuvenation of traditional industrial regions. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 6
  7. 7. DTC The Lazio Cultural Heritage Technology District It is estimated that Italy possesses 80% of the artistic and cultural heritage of the world. A vast portion of this heritage is in Lazio. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 7
  8. 8. Objectives of DCT: Define strategy, prioritize, grow • Define shared strategies for Research Institutes and Companies, selecting a small number of large projects • Exploit economies of scale to achieve excellence in strategic areas of research and attract private investors • Promote collaboration and the concentration of resources for strategic projects • Create and exploit research infrastructures and facilities CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 8
  9. 9. A stable bridge in the “death valley” (at least in Italy) Research Product commercialization Innovation process Joint programs Universities DTC Companies Crossing the chasm between Labs and Market CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 10
  10. 10. DCT: MODEL AND STRUCTURE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 11
  11. 11. DTC – A model Public bodies Universities and research institutes Cultural organizations High Tech Cultural and Creative programs High Tech Companies policy needs satisfaction CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 12 DTC Stakeholders Investors Organising events and supporting projects that include a full range of stakeholders: software providers,start-ups, web and application developers, but also publishers, content and service providers, aggregators, operators in the supply chain, standard setting bodies (from both IT and publishing), etc.
  12. 12. The role of public bodies The local, national and European public system • provides financial support • includes the district strategies into wider development programs • promotes dialogue with other local and global systems CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 13
  13. 13. DCT: structure • Three (cooperating) sectors: – Industrial District – Technological District – Cultural District CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 14
  14. 14. SHARING is key to success • Previous district experiences, even when industry, academia and public bodies are included, is “homophyly” (academia preferably talks with academia, industry with industry..) • Here the target is to “support the sharing of codified knowledge and contextual (tacit) knowledge, creating an «industrial atmosphere» (Marshall 1919) • Design an infrastructure in which sharing & cooperation is the inspiring principle, since the very beginning CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 15
  15. 15. DTC Lazio. 2014-2015 projects R&D projects for the exploitation of cultural heritage and territories Center of Excellence to connect research, high education and professional training Communication, Media, Exploitation Risk capital investments RESEARCH  EDUCATION MARKET CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 16
  16. 16. DCT CENTER OF EXELLENCE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 17
  17. 17. Center of Excellence Connect Education and Research for sustainable Innovation Proposal Coordinator: Sapienza Università di Roma Consortium: Public Universities in Regione Lazio, Research Institutes Governance of funded actions: Consortium + Business Associations + Regional and National Public Bodies External networks: International research networks, Investors Mission: Better connection between research skills in Universities and innovation strategy in enterprises CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 18
  18. 18. Center of Excellence Connect Education and Research for sustainable Innovation Key ideas: • Lab approach: learning by doing. Industry involved in education programs, students involved in joint public/private innovation activities Encouraging the creation and flourishing of virtual and real meeting spaces and • places; Cooperation indeed personal between exchanges different and Universities knowledge transfer to are the most important building blocks for stable business relationships and best practices. concentrate qualified resources and aim for excellence • Qualified intership programs to attract the best students • Activate additional funding and achieve the Consortium Encouraging and giving prominence (also in funding) to practical collaborative initiatives such as joint projects, labs and incubators that can foster R&D&I. self-sustainability within 3 years Facilitating the integration of educational content CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 19
  19. 19. High education model CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 20 Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4 Area 5 Area 6 Specialized programs Cross-area programs Learning in Universities laboratories Training in enterprises Placement Commercial Exploitation
  20. 20. Applied research model CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 21 Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4 Area 5 Area 6 Specialized research Cross-area research Excellence research in Universities laboratories Joint private - public development programs Cultural Heritage Exploitation Improved competitiveness
  21. 21. 6 Labs (areas) for education and research 1. Digital technologies for the conservation, communication and improved accessibility of cultural assets 2. Cultural Heritage Virtualization 3. Audio and video Technologies 4. Materials and restoration 5. Diagnostics for Cultural Heritage 6. Technologies and design for exhibitions
  22. 22. 3 Main Research Programs 1. Infrastructures for preservation and exploitation of Digital Cultural Heritage 2. Showcase: exploitation of cultural heritage in a specific area (e.g. Palatine Hill in Roma) gathering technologies from the 6 labs 3. Materials, restoration and diagnostics programs
  23. 23. Centre of Excellence Governance Scientific committee Enterprise representatives and stakeholders board Administration Board Research Education Communication internationalization Funding
  24. 24. DCT: Timeline 2008 District Established Agreement between Regione Lazio, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of University and Research, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities 2009 5 calls for proposals 2009-2013 Agreement framework between Regione Lazio, Ministry of University and Research, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Funding the development of the District Development of • Internet platform • A “Welcome center” for cultural tourism • 6 integrated pilot projects for cultural heritage 2013 2014-2015 (TBC) New calls for proposals • Research and development programs • Center of excellence integrating high education, professional training and research • Communication and networking CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 25
  25. 25. ADDRESSING TISP POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS • Fostering cooperation between ICT and cultural sectors (publishing being one) • Encouraging the creation and flourishing of virtual and real meeting spaces and places • Supporting projects that include a full range of stakeholders • Giving prominence (also in funding) to practical collaborative initiatives such as joint projects, labs and incubators that can foster R&D&I. • More attractive e-products, generating quality metadata, on-line discovery • Encouraging the development of teaching formats facilitating the integration of educational content • Access to finance (hopefully..) CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 26
  26. 26. THANKS FOR ATTENTION! CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 29/10/2014 Pagina 27

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