CHEERS: Cultural HEritagE. Risks and Securing activities is an international comparative research project about the protection of cultural heritage from natural disasters. The project focuses on the Alpine area and it involves partners in Italy, France, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Cultural Heritage is the ground of people’s identity and strongly contributes to Alpine economy. But natural disasters represent a major threat to these resources. Risk assessment, hazard reduction, and disaster management focus its attention on the protection of human lives and infrastructures, while the safeguard of cultural resources has not been properly tackled yet. The project focuses on this gap.
Open Data and Open Maps
To protect cultural heritage from natural hazards and risks, open data and collaborative online projects are relevant tools to document international cultural heritage and to integrate data about cultural heritage with data related to hazards and risks; OpenStreetMap (in particular with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and its specific projects focusing on hazards and risks) and Wikidata (in particular thanks to the international project Wiki Loves Monuments and the intense collaborations with GLAMs) are significant tools which allow access to continuously updated transborder content, and institutional and civilc cooperation in its production.
Heritage on the Wikimedia Projects
- Heritage, articles related to heritage on Wikipedia in different languages.
The project CHEERS involves 12 partner from 6 alpine countries. It is promoted by FLA - Lombardy Foundation for the Environment and supported by the European Union via Interreg Alpine Space.
- FLA - Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (Lead Partner)
- UCSC - Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
- TCI - Touring Club of Italy
- IRSTEA - National research institute of science and technology for environment and agriculture
- BRGM - French Geological Survey
- EPLFM - Valabre Consortium
- SFI - Slovenian Forestry Institute
- CUDHg Idrija - Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre
- BFW - Austrian Research Center for Forests
- AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology
- RCC - Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
- SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Liaison for the Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap community: Iolanda Pensa