Digital libraries: a training ground for the hybridization of disciplines and contents

Cultural heritage is a real system, in which objects live in relationships not only with other objects, but also with subjects, with places, with processes of production, use and conservation: in a word, with the context within which they are immersed. How adequate are the traditional disciplinary and professional divisions, which then translate into organizational-institutional divisions, to represent the complexity of the ecosystem of cultural heritage? 

Digital libraries highlight the systemic nature of cultural heritage and therefore seem an 

adequate tool for questioning traditional models and acting as catalysts of innovation processes with respect to current structures.

The directors of the central institutes will discuss this theme: Laura Moro (Central Institute for the Digitization of Cultural Heritage), Carlo Birrozzi (Central Institute for Catalog and Documentation), Elisabetta Reale (Central Institute for Archives), Simonetta Buttò (Central Institute for the Single Catalog). Giovanni Michetti will moderate.

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Not just papers: the archive as an expression of the variety of cultural heritage

The archive is not just paper. There are many archives in which it is necessary to compare matters, materials and objects that are very different from traditional ones, such as to require a specialized approach and sometimes original solutions. It is therefore appropriate to reflect on the way in which traditional descriptive models are adequate to represent such realities, in which the archive document takes on such varied forms.

To discuss about this theme, Giorgetta Bonfiglio Dosio will present the complexity and variety of company archives; Danilo Craveia will focus in particular on the archives of the textile industry; Simona Turco will tackle the theme of photographic archives; Maria Francesca Stamuli will explore the documentary landscape linked to oral sources; and Manuel Rossi will tell us about the archives of the show business. Giovanni Michetti will moderate.

The training of archivists: contents, models, players, perspectives

The tasks of archivists have been progressively expanding over the last few decades. The paper documentation has been joined by the digital one, and the traditional documentary sources by the oral and audiovisual sources, just to name a few. From a professional figure mainly devoted to state documentation or, in any case, public documentation, we have moved on to careful protection of private documentation of all kinds as well, not only that of illustrious families and personalities, but that of professionals, artists, companies, trade unions.
Faced with this broadening of horizons, the regulations of the Archivistics, paleography and diplomatic schools of the State Archives remained the same as they were 110 years  ago, while other training courses (university courses, masters, courses promoted by the professional association) were offered to archivists placed in front of the new tasks.

At the same time, the schools of the State Archives were also updated and expanded the offer, albeit in an uncoordinated manner. Today, on the eve of a new regulation that comes after years of pressure in this sense, Sabrina Mingarelli, Andrea Giorgi, Stefano Pigliapoco, Giovanna Giubbini, Giovanni Michetti and Ilaria Pescini will discuss the training of archivists.
Anna Maria Buzzi, Director General for the Archives, will greet the audience at the beginning of the digital talk.

Risk prevention for cultural heritage

On the occasion of the International Day for the Reduction of the Risk of Natural Disasters, born in 1989 at the behest of the General Assembly of the United Nations, an in-depth seminar will be held on the prevention of risks in places that preserve cultural heritage (museums, archives, libraries , etc.).

The day will be divided into two parts: during the morning, several eminent experts in the sector will hold technical-training interventions and exhibit specific case studies in the cultural heritage area; in the afternoon, in the external space of the ISA, a practical exercise for saving archives will be carried out, simulating a flood, an emergency situation that those who work in the archives often have to face.

Waiting for ICA 2022: upcoming events

From 9 March to 7 June 2021, every 15 days, we talked about archives, in a structured approach path in the sign of cooperation and cohesion that characterize this sector.

During this last appointment before the summer break, we want to report on this initiative, which will start again in the autumn with a rich and intense program, continuing until June 2022, to prepare the archival community for the ICA International Conference, which will be held in Rome from 19 to 23 September 2022.

Understanding Disaster Risk for Digital Heritage

In 2012, hurricane Sandy caused multiple fatalities and more than 6 million homes and businesses experienced prolonged power outages, resulting in billions of dollars of losses in the form of digital assets.

Equally alarming is that 60% of small- and medium-sized businesses experienced a loss or theft of sensitive data in the last 12 months, and the cost of IT downtime was $700 billion in 2015. Disasters such as these result in significant losses of digital assets, which also includes digital heritage.

As part of ICCROM’s new ‘Sustaining Digital Heritage’ initiative, this webinar will promote a better understanding of disaster risk for digital heritage. Noted speakers from the fields of heritage risk reduction, archives, and digital asset management will share their experiences and expertise, and discuss how to prevent large-scale disruption and significant data loss.

Our aim is to build ground for a lively discussion by using interactive features such as live polls and a Q&A format.

Preserving sounds and voices: archives as a place for identity

Audiovisual heritage represents an inestimable treasure, which has been and is fundamental for the construction of individual and social identities, for the cultural formation of people, for the collective memory of peoples. Radio and television recordings, oral testimonies that speak of the past and question the present, that explain, intrigue, teach, amuse or entertain.

Sally Jennings will talk about the Save our Sound project, promoted by the British Library, and Enrico Giannotti will explain how artificial intelligence can bring added value in the processing of video audio content. Maria Francesca Stamuli will tell us what the Vi.vo.project consists of, while Silvia Calamai will introduce the Vademecum for the treatment of oral sources.



Corporate culture in archives: sustainability, digitalization and training role

What is the social impact of memory loss? And why is it essential to preserve and enhance business archives? Through the archives, training courses are built and the ability to build and create is preserved. For some time now, the archives have also faced two central issues regarding the future: digitalisation and sustainability. 

With Antonio Calabrò we will discuss sustainability and social impact of memory loss; Lucia Nardi will talk about business archive as a tool to strengthen and communicate corporate identity and Daniela Brignone will seak about the archive as a marketing and communication tool; Giorgetta Bonfiglio Dosio will discuss archival training today; finally, Amedeo Lepore will present the case of the digitized archive of the Cassa del Mezzogiorno.

Archive common good: the relationship with communities and proposals for enhancement of the value

The documentation preserved in the ecclesiastical, diocesan and parish archives in particular, is inextricably intertwined with the history of people and communities and places inhabited and built around them. Every action, whether linked to initiatives of knowledge, protection or valorization can only be the concerted expression of a people and its territory. Let’s try to tell some experiences

Mons. Franco Lovignana will talk about cultural and pastoral planning for cultural heritage. We will listen to two experiences: Matteo Savoldi will tell the project of the Veronese ecclesiastical archives online; don Gianluca Marchetti and Veronica Vitali will talk about the “choral” enhancement of the illuminated codes of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Bergamo.

Microclimatic conditions and air quality in archives

The monitoring and control of ambient air quality normally takes place outdoors, but even within the environments designated for the conservation of archival assets there may be sources of concern for pollution or, due to inefficient air circulation systems, pollutants can penetrate from the outside and accumulate.

We talk about it with the biologist Matteo Montanari, expert in the cultural heritage sector, with Matteo BistolettiIvano BattagliaFrancesco Santi and Gregorio Mangano, who will address the issue of safety in relation to sustainability, including in the GLAM environment.

Good practices for securing diocesan archives

Prepare actions for the security of archives, including ecclesiastical archives, is essential to deal in the best possible way with any emergencies and it is important to ensure an orderly and coordinated management on the territory through a series of good practices for securing assets. In the world of ecclesiastical archives, and in particular diocesan archives, the work is carried out in synergy by the various presidios in the territory: the diocese, the ecclesiastical region, the National Office for Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage and religious building.

Don Valerio Pennasso will talk about the protection of ecclesiastical archivesMarica Mercalli will intervene on the security depots during an emergency; the word will then pass to Don Gianluca Popolla, who will talk about the situation of diocesan archives in Piedmont; we will conclude with Martino Dutto, for a focus on problems, risks and good practices for diocesan and parish archives, with a focus on the diocesan historical archives of Cuneo.

Mitigating fire damage: the new Vertical Technical Rule applied to cultural heritage

In 2020, a new technical regulation concerning the prevention of fires in museums and cultural environment was drafted, published in the Official Gazette n.183 of July 22. The decree, drawn up jointly by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Culture, approves the Vertical Technical Rule dedicated to the protection of museums and cultural buildings with their assets preserved.

With Gioacchino Giomi and Luca Nassi we will deepen the aspects of this decree, and then talk about appropriate solutions with Emanuele Goretti, who will carry out live a demonstration of use of Novec™ 1230

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