Where: Castelgrande Bellinzona, Salita al Castelgrande, 6500 Bellinzona, Svizzera
When: Friday 21st February 2020;  9.30 – 16.00

Natural disasters represent a major threat to cultural heritage. The 2019-2022 European Work Plan for Culture, sets out as first priority the sustainability of culture and it stresses the importance of digitalisation – to potentiate access, expression, preservation, dissemination and consumption of cultural heritage – and the relevance of cultural statistics to support evidence-based policy making at European and national level. The concrete actions for the sustainability of culture includes for the first time the topic of adaptation to climate change, the use of mapping methods, a specific focus on the safety of heritage under extreme climate circumstances, and the production of recommendations to lead to awareness-raising and capacity-building of national heritage experts about sustainability of cultural heritage.

In the countries of the Alpine region – Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Germany and Slovenia – where the damage caused by climate change is increasingly tangible, the link between data related to natural hazards and about heritage remains disconnected, inaccessible and unusable in the management of emergencies by public authorities and citizens.

Improving data and the interoperability of data about heritage and about hazards and risks can contribute to a better and more efficient safeguard of cultural resources. Data and maps are source of information and tools to assess risks, prepare, respond to emergency and recover from them. Opening data and maps means to allow them to become interoperable and to potentiate their use among all stakeholders involved in risks prevention and heritage protection.

The interoperability of data presupposes a common understanding about how to prepare and structure data, how to make them available on different platforms to encourage their use, reuse, modification and their selection and transformation for different purposes. The aggregation of data about heritage and hazards allows to plan and systematize practices of intervention useful both in the preservation of the sites, and in the actions to be carried out during and after the emergency. Data can be used to increase awareness about risks and self-protection and citizens can contribute to integrate and monitor data.

This international conference focuses on the existing data and maps about heritage, hazards and risks, and it envisions scenarios to enhance the interoperability and use of these data and maps. 

The conference is structured into two session focusing on the available data and on scenarios. 

The Available Data and Maps about Heritage and Natural Hazards for Heritage Protection
This section explores the current situation, by answering the questions: what is the role and relevance of data and maps for heritage protection? Which are the existing data and maps about heritage, hazards and risks? Do we have open data and open maps related to our Alpine space? Which data do we still need? Do current data meet the standards of findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIR data)? How should we prepare data? Which are the main problems? 

Interoperability and Use of Data and Maps about Heritage and Natural Hazards for Heritage Protection
This section envisions scenarios, by discussing about the following questions: what can data and maps do for the protection of heritage? How can we integrate data and maps about natural hazards and risks to assess risks, prepare, respond to emergencies and recover from them?


A conference organised by the Laboratory of Visual Culture with the Institute of Earth Sciences (Department for Environment, Constructions and Design - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI) in collaboration with SVPC . Sistema per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale (Department of Education, Culture and Sport of Ticino Canton) in the frame of the project Cheers. Cultural HEritagE. Risks and Securing activities (ASP693) co-financed by the Interreg VB Alpine Space Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).



The conference is in English
It is free of charge but it is necessary to register.
Link to register: http://www.form-dacd.app.supsi.ch/form/view.php?id=74907

For further information:
Iolanda Pensa (iolanda.pensa@supsi.ch)
Marta Pucciarelli (marta.pucciarelli@supsi.ch)