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Innovative Gate of Culture by IBAM CNR & SAC SpA.  (April 2017)

Fly with us into the Sicilian past!  

DAN2017-134-5134A project promoted by IBAM in collaboration with SAC SpA for the creation of a dynamic environment inside the International Airport of Catania, in which scientific research on cultural heritage is made accessible to all, thanks to a clever use of communication and information technology associated with a powerful use of language which can bring out the importance of Sicilian history and culture.

The decisive input to the implementation of this project was the important international meeting of the 43rd G7 Summit that took place in Sicily in Taormina. This resulted in the setting-up of a temporary laboratory in which to admire reproductions of archaeological finds (some of which were made with a 3D printer), kept in the Sicilian museums and 3D reconstruction videos of some of the monuments studied by the Institute and applications for the enjoyment of cultural heritage, which give the user/tourist a preview of Sicilian heritage. These have been created through the numerous collaborations of the Institute with the creative and cultural business world, such as the Digital Sicily Tour app, using the most up-to-date mixed reality techniques (augmented reality and virtual reality).


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The “Museo diffuso” of Catania (October 2016)

museo-diffuso01Within the city's metropolitan line, the Distributed Museum of the city of Catania has come into existence, thanks to the agreement signed between IBAM CNR and the Circumetnea Railroad (FCE). The project seeks to redefine metro and metro spaces (staircases, mezzanines, parking and access platforms), transforming them from aseptic passages into structured elements of a 'network of knowledge', an opportunity to rediscover according to models, codes and languages of modernity, content of high-level scientific research, essential for the understanding of the complex historical stratification phenomena that affected the city of Catania. It constitutes a real museum, illustrated by pictures, available to passengers / citizens who cross the metro line every day, a visual path that can make the artistic and cultural heritage of Catania’s territory known in a new way and contextualized with the stations of the different cultural areas of the city.

The Stesicoro station was the pilot model to create a planning guideline linked to the theme of Roman archeology and in particular to the Roman amphitheater of Catania. Big pictures and short textual notes, in English and in Italian, welcome the user on his first entrance to the Stesicoro station, providing, with the structure of a real glossary, the meaning of technical terms referring to the various sectors of the amphitheater.


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The experimental project Enhancement and fruition of the Roman amphitheatre of Catania (April 2016)


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The experimental project Enhancement and fruition of the Roman amphitheater of Catania is the result of a proposal put forward by the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy (IBAM-CNR) to the Regional Department for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity and the Polo regionale per i siti culturali e i parchi di Catania e della Valle dell’Aci, the bodies that manage the monument.

This proposal was approved and made operational by the signing of an agreement, lasting six months, renewed for a further 12 months until December 2017. The project aims to develop and start up an innovative model for the management and enhancement of the Roman Amphitheater of Catania through the combination of new technologies for the enhancement and enjoyment of cultural heritage with the results of scientific research carried out by Institute on the monument. The Roman Amphitheater of Catania has become an attractive center of knowledge for the whole community, favoring a better perception of the historical and monumental beauty of a place, that is a symbol of the ancient splendor of the city beneath Etna.

Perhaps no other monument is as close to the community but at the same time seems so distant and inaccessible, so much so that it has almost become mysterious. Built in two successive phases between the mid 1st and the 2nd centuries A.D., this structure for spectacles was abandoned in the late antique period and gradually buried beneath the modern city. Partially uncovered at the beginning of the last century, in the form visible today, most of it lies waiting to be explored below the city, waiting after a long silence to tell its stories and re-establish its place in the collective memory.

"Catania returns to the arena" is the claim that characterizes the spirit of the project.

Events open to the public: 43 (from September 2016 -)

Visitors: 2571

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 The Catania Living Lab (July 2015)

catania livinglab11Catania Living Lab was conceived and is developing within the DiCeT - Living Lab of Culture and Technology project, funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, under the National Operational Program for Research and Competitiveness 2007 - 2013, PON "Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation". The project, coordinated by Engineering Informatics Engineering S.p.A, aims at defining and developing an open enabling platform on which to base intelligent services for cultural presentation. Innovative research has been carried out, such as extracting and cataloguing information from digitized content (images, texts, videos, etc.), standardizing the database throughout the tourism industry, analyzing and correlating information through semantic engines, with publication as Linked Open Data also in line with the Europeana model. One of the assets which the industrial use of the DiCeT technologies intended to aim at was finally the enhancement, usability and suggestion of the cultural heritage (historical, architectural, artistic, folkloristic) of the territory, to increase the appeal more and more for tourism, contributing to enhancing the territorial cultural heritage through emotional storytelling.

In this framework, the Catania Living Lab, promoted in collaboration with the City of Catania, is conceived as a place of aggregation for the knowledge, valorisation and enjoyment of the historical, archaeological and monumental heritage of the city, an ideal environment where specialist research carried out by CNR is described through the creation of more engaging perceptive processes and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to be disseminated to the whole civil society.

Events open to the public: 36 (from September 2015 to April 2016)

People reached: 2916

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