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A crucial issue will be how to make known and exploit the knowledge and products
accumulated in the project. Some workshops have been organised and articles published in
Italian as well as international journals, but it seems clear that the best channel to market the
products would be a dedicated portal (see below).
One of the products that merits to be noted in particular is the Journal of Cultural
Heritage. This journal was created in order to provide scholars and students in the field of
cultural heritage, which involves many and varied disciplines, with a high-profile periodical
for publication and reference.The scientific office of the journal is based in Rome at the
CNR project headquarter.The journal is published in English since 2000 in co-operation
with the international scientific publishing house Elsevier. (for more information: cf.
A database on enterprises and researchers in the Italian cultural heritage sector
In the framework of the project "Safeguard of Cultural Heritage", a database of compa-
nies and researchers who work wholly or partly in the field of cultural heritage was
developed.The wide definition of cultural heritage used in identifying the companies
includes: works of art, archaeological finds and sites, buildings of historical interest,
linguistic, paper heritage, the biological and ethno-anthropological archive, books,
landscapes, folk traditions etc.
The six principal categories of the database are: archaeology, diagnostics, restoration
work, paper heritage, the biological ethno-anthropogical heritage, and museums. Around
500 key words are used to classify and make searchable the entries.The database is available
in five languages (Italian, English, French, German and Spanish) and is programmed to take
into account the territorial and administrative subdivisions of the European Union.
In 2000, the database contained 11,601 records, of which 9,959 were related to mostly
small and medium sized companies and 2,002 to individual researchers. Until the end of the
project the database is expected to include 20,000 records. (cf. Ferrari,Tardiola, 2000,
provide a break down, analysis and visualisation of the available data)
The database includes scientific research institutes, public entities as well as companies
active in the field of cultural heritage.The majority of the entries provide data on compa-
nies of which most are medium sized enterprises and "micro-enterprises" (employing 4-5
people and not being related to scientific research activities).
Grouped and analysed according to the main topics of the project "Safeguard of Cultural
Heritage" (cf. Ferrari, 2000) one can say that:
the majority of enterprises are involved in activities related to restoration work,
of the enterprises involved in diagnosis most work on archaeological
dig-related activities,
only few are involved in the documentary heritage sector and principally work with
paper-like materials,
enterprises operating in the biological and ethno-anthropological archive sector are
practically non-existent, and
in the museum sector, the majority of enterprises work on the creation of
services and systems.
Development of a cultural heritage portal
Based on the accumulated knowledge and results of the "Safeguard of Cultural
Heritage", an Internet portal is planned that will target the various market segments of the
cultural heritage sector.The portal will be used to market products developed in the course