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The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies: Papers from Florence Heri-Tech 2022

Edited by: Rocco Furferi (University of Florence, Italy), Maria Perla Colombini (University of Pisa, Italy), Kate Seymour (Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Netherlands), Anna Pelagotti (European Research Council (ERC), Belgium), Francesco Gherardini (University of Modena and Reggio, Italy)​​​​​​

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This collection originates in the context of the Florence Heri-Tech International Conference, held in Florence, Italy, on 16-18 May 2022. The conference involved a large number of researchers and scholars from all over the world, as well as companies, experts, operators and enthusiasts who focus on current and future issues related to innovative techniques and technologies in the field of Cultural Heritage (CH). In particular, the conference favored the meeting of the academic world with Industry, and this made it possible to develop a collection of papers that promote and deal with the following topics:

  • Materials science: chemical and physical progress in the development of new materials and methods for the conservation / restoration of CH; Future trends in conservation and restoration technologies: biotechnology, nanotechnology, bespoke materials, physical technologies.
  • Diagnostics and monitoring: Advancement in damage assessment: diagnosis (I.R., U.V., Raman technologies, X-ray spectrophotometry, tomography, X-ray, gas chromatography and other analytical methods) and monitoring for restoration, preventive conservation and maintenance of CH.
  • Engineering: Applications of technology to the conservation and restoration of art in archaeological sites; Restoration and Rehabilitation of CH sites in areas of armed conflict, using digital technology; Restoration and Rehabilitation of CH sites in the earthquake area, using digital technology.
  • ICT and Digital Heritage: 3D Architectural Design and Rendering; Virtual museums; Methods and systems to enhance the use of heritage and storytelling; New methods for education in art, conservation and restoration; Reviews on new technologies in art and restoration.
  • Environment and Cultural Heritage: Creating the Right Environment for Cultural Heritage / Visitor, A Smart Environment for Cultural Heritage Applications, Monitoring of Indoor Cultural Heritage Environments, Smart Museums, Cultural Heritage Sustainability Index in Conflict Regions and war.
  • Sustainable architecture for cultural heritage: built cultural heritage and sustainable urban development, innovative materials and technologies for landscape architecture, intelligent materials in architecture, interior architecture and exhibition design.

  1. The cultural heritage sector includes a significant variety and complexity of data and information. Making this accessible today represents one of the main aims of cultural institutes. The connections between ...

    Authors: Maria Laura Nappi, Mario Buono, Camelia Chivăran and Rosa Maria Giusto
    Citation: Heritage Science 2024 12:112
  2. The study aims at investigating the use of reflectance Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) in the Visible (Vis) and Near Infrared (NIR) range in combination with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to address the...

    Authors: Costanza Cucci, Tommaso Guidi, Marcello Picollo, Lorenzo Stefani, Lorenzo Python, Fabrizio Argenti and Andrea Barucci
    Citation: Heritage Science 2024 12:75
  3. Human–computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and the multilingualism of digital culture open up unexpected scenarios in the contemporary design of cultural spaces with the creation of artifacts in whic...

    Authors: Sonia Capece, Camelia Chivăran, Giovanna Giugliano, Elena Laudante, Maria Laura Nappi and Mario Buono
    Citation: Heritage Science 2024 12:71
  4. In the architectural heritage field, a complete and in-depth knowledge of the assets is indispensable for any restoration and conservation strategy. In this context, the Historical Building Information Modelli...

    Authors: Francesca Giuliani, Francesca Gaglio, Massimiliano Martino and Anna De Falco
    Citation: Heritage Science 2024 12:35
  5. Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums are nowadays striving to implement innovative approaches to adequately use and distribute the wealth of knowledge found in cultural heritage. A range of technologies...

    Authors: Rocco Furferi, Luca Di Angelo, Marco Bertini, Paolo Mazzanti, Kevin De Vecchis and Marco Biffi
    Citation: Heritage Science 2024 12:20
  6. Innovative, non-invasive, digital, and cost-effective instruments for systematic inventory, monitoring and promotion are a valuable resource for managing tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Due to its p...

    Authors: Bertha Santos, Jorge Gonçalves, Pedro G. Almeida and Ana M. T. Martins-Nepomuceno
    Citation: Heritage Science 2023 11:133
  7. Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS) is a key indicator of the mechanical properties of a rock, particularly in the diagnostic and restoration phases when stones are employed as construction material. In histor...

    Authors: Teresa Salvatici, Irene Centauro, Sara Calandra, Eugenio Segabinazzi, Emanuele Intrieri and Carlo Alberto Garzonio
    Citation: Heritage Science 2023 11:116
  8. Recently, research on outstanding universal value (OUV) protection and tourism development at World Natural Heritage sites (WNHSs) has attracted scholarly attention. The aesthetic value of natural landscapes i...

    Authors: Shirong Zhang, Kangning Xiong, Guangyu Fei, Haipeng Zhang and Yongbi Chen
    Citation: Heritage Science 2023 11:30
  9. In recent years, 3D printing technologies have had a considerable impact on the field of conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Professionals in this sector have been provided with exploratory tool...

    Authors: Emanuel Sterp Moga, Alicia Sánchez-Ortiz and Óscar Hernández-Muñoz
    Citation: Heritage Science 2022 10:199
  10. The Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534 CE) murals of Cave 254 in the Mogao Grottoes, China, have been extensively affected by pigment color changes and fading. These issues severely hinder efforts to correctly unde...

    Authors: Chai Bolong, Yu Zongren, Sun Manli, Shan Zhongwei, Zhao Jinli, Shui Biwen, Wang Zhuo, Yin Yaopeng and Su Bomin
    Citation: Heritage Science 2022 10:164