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To develop methodologies, protocols and tools for the management and enhancement of cultural heritage in digital era.

The project aims to investigate the spiritual legacy of St. Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226) which characterizes the European culture and survives through the rules and his spiritual texts. Due to the historical events of the continent, many of the Franciscan architectural complexes have lost their original function and values and are nowadays abandoned. The cataloguing of these buildings combines traditional and innovative techniques in order to develop risk assessment methodologies, protocols and tools and to create user-friendly interfaces for the management and the enhancement of Cultural Heritage. The poor conditions of some buildings, due to hydrogeological instability, abandonment or earthquakes, require the definition of strategies for the conservation, protection and management of this vulnerable heritage.

The project aims at developing new strategies for layered experiences through ICT and innovative methods to reuse, through the interaction, the Cultural Heritage, by designing hiking and cycling routes and developing digital and virtual tools. The expected outcomes will facilitate awareness of European citizenship based on the sharing of common values and achievements.


1. To develop methodologies, protocols and tools for the management and enhancement of Cultural Heritage in digital era;

2. To use integrated digital and traditional survey methodologies in order to develop Cultural Heritage management and promotional tools;

3. To strengthen the cognitive framework on the heritage of the spiritual legacy of St. Francis of Assisi and its connection with the territory;

4. To define a methodology of documentation and knowledge for conservation, protection, reuse and promotion which take into account tangible, intangible and digital heritage.


1. Definition of criteria for the individuation of Franciscan Observance landscapes, architectures and Cultural Heritage in order to develop a critical map;

2. Definition of a census and documentation methodology of this Cultural Heritage, joining historical research, architectural investigation, landscape analysis together with digital humanities;

3. Establishment of an interactive database, upgradable and updatable over time, about the Observance Franciscan architecture;

4. Development of tools for the management and monitoring of material and immaterial Cultural Heritage at regional, national and European level;

5. Development of instruments for the promotion of European Heritage in order to pass on traditions and analyse the mutual influences between countries.

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