EU, US and LAC initiatives are working jointly to foster interoperability in heritage science research data to facilitate international collaboration in the field and meet the challenge of a global movement for the development of a global heritage science research force. The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS), which is aiming to support research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management is working to reach that objective fostering FAIR principles in heritage science data production and retention by design.
As part of this commitment, E-RIHS (www.erihs.eu) is one of the four pilot actions foreseen in the H2020 project EU-CELAC ResInfra in which EU and LAC RIs are strengthening the strategic bi-regional partnership, which was launched in 1999, with the objective to design specific variable geometry instruments for co-funding RIs of common interest and to design further measures to facilitate the construction of the EU-LAC Common Research Area.
The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) has been accepted into the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) 2016 Roadmap, with the goal of spurring social and cultural innovation. E-RIHS PP (Preparation Phase) partnership joins 16 countries (15 EU Member States plus Israel), 2 ERICs and 3 institutions representing scientific communities. E-RIHS PP also counts 6 observers and involves over 100 heritage science institutions worldwide. Amongst its services, E-RIHS is providing access, also in remote mode, to a wide range of cutting-edge scientific infrastructures, methodologies, data and tools and it is also providing training activities such as workshops, summer schools and webinars. In addition, E-RIHS is already present in US and LAC with the intent to expand the infrastructure at a global level, and in collaboration with RDA, we hope to facilitate that process raising awareness on the importance of a global network to preserve our heritage.
In addition, this BoF session would also build upon the work that has been done as a result of the BoF Session “Strategies for opening data in Heritage Science” held in the RDA 9th Plenary by E-RIHS community.
E-RIHS is also involved in the activities of the GEDE-RDA (https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/gede-group-european-data-experts-rda), together with most of the other EU research infrastructures. Cooperating within the GEDE-RDA discussion forum, E-RIHS is fostering the approach of capitalizing on the existing solution to attain the widest possible interoperability across disciplines. This way, research communities will have access to distributed infrastructures in a coordinated and streamlined way, in order to advance their heritage science research through an integrated approach. E-RIHS is also among the promoters and partners of the SeMaF co-creation project (EOSC Secretariat co-creation activities), coordinated by CLARIN ERIC.
Furthermore, the collaboration with relevant actors in the ESFRI landscape, such as CESSDA ERIC (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, https://www.cessda.eu/), CLARIN ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, https://www.clarin.eu/), ARIADNE (a data infrastructure serving the archaeological community worldwide, https://ariadne-infrastructure.eu/) and DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and the Humanities, http://www.dariah.eu) is helping E-RIHS to reach a central role worldwide in making the voice of heritage science community heard loud when underscores the significance of the heritage science in shaping the local and global, individual and collective identity of each human being.
Within the LAC community, efforts are being made to spur a more concrete and long term collaboration between members involved in Cultural Heritage. In particular, in Brasil ANTECIPA (Associação Nacional de Pesquisa em Tecnologia e Ciência do Patrimônio, http://lacicor.eba.ufmg.br/antecipa/) is working to congregate different partners in cultural heritage and trying to strengthen both the sense of community, involving university undergraduate and graduate conservation students, conservation researchers, teachers, scientists, engineers, conservators on private practice, academic training courses, all within a laboratory system network around cultural heritage. Most of the laboratories are based at the Federal Universities over Brazil. In North and South America, ANTECIPA is also keeping a sound collaboration with conservation research and training University Centers in Argentina and Peru, which allows envisaging the integration of these countries within the coming year. In the second half of the month of November this year, ANTECIPA will hold its Biennial Congress.
In the case of Mexico, the node is headed by the National Laboratory of Sciences for Research and Conservation for Cultural Heritage (LANCIC). LANCIC is a network of five consolidated groups of research on material analysis of cultural heritage created in 2014 (http://laboratorios.fisica.unam.mx/home?id=15). Three groups belong to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), another is based on the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares and the fifth group is settled in the Yucatan peninsula at the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche. LANCIC tasks include the use of cutting-edge infrastructures, specialized human resources training and support to researchers and students, specialized services for cultural heritage material studies and scientific development and innovation on material science for conservation. LANCIC is also the link to the Mexican National Network of Laboratories for Study of Cultural Heritage in Mexico. This network has 27 national Institutions, more than 40 laboratories, 3 national laboratories, 2 groups from Mexican conservation schools and 7 foreign laboratories (about 320 people).