NETwork and digital platform for Cultural Heritage Enhancing and Rebuilding (NETCHER)
The last decades have witnessed a variety of initiatives promoted by a diverse set of actors engaged in the protection of endangered Cultural Heritage (CH) and in stopping illicit trade, initiatives that have tried to bring solutions, remediation, methods and approaches to tackle looting and trafficking.
NETCHER seeks to address the complex challenge of harmonising and bringing together these worthy, but often disconnected initiatives by using a participative approach that will result in the establishment of a structured network (defined as a Social Platform) drawing together a broad range of players such as international bodies, umbrella organizations, national governments, researchers, public policy makers, NGOs, as well as public and private foundations.
One of the cores of the project is to establish an interoperability roadmap for existing and in development technologies, such as metadata analysis, satellite imagery, scraping packages, databases, digital scanning technologies and photogrammetry, neural networks.
Moreover, the project aims to foster cross-fertilization in technological innovations specifically aimed at fighting the illicit trade in CH.
In light of the significance of these uncoordinated efforts, the Platform will take charge of the systematizing and framing of all the emerging best practices in order to enhance and capitalize on the experiences of the partnership members at an international level for building a joint action plan with shared toolkits and a research and innovation roadmap.