The Commission launched a European competence centre aiming to preserve and conserve European Cultural Heritage. The centre will work for a period of three years. It has been granted up to €3 million from the Horizon 2020 programme. The centre will set up a collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation. It will give access to repositories of data, metadata, standards and guidelines. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Italy coordinates the team of 19 beneficiaries. They come from 11 EU Member States, Switzerland and Moldova.
European Cultural Heritage
The Commission has also launched two projects to support digital education, worth up to €1 million each, through Horizon 2020. The first project, MenSI, focuses on mentoring for school improvement and will run until February 2023. MenSI aims to mobilise 120 schools in 6 Member States (Belgium, Czechia, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Portugal) and the United Kingdom . The programm will advance digital innovation, in particular in small or rural schools and for socially disadvantaged students. The second project, iHub4Schools, will run until June 2023. It will accelerate digital innovation in schools thanks to the creation of regional innovation hubs and a mentoring model. 600 teachers in 75 schools will participate . The hubs will be established in 5 countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, United Kingdom, Georgia). Italy and Norway will also benefit from the mentoring scheme.
Digital preservation and conservation of cultural heritage
Following a call, a competence centre for digital preservation and conservation of cultural heritage will be set up. The aim is to prepare the necessary infrastructure, map past and ongoing research, collect, analyse and promote best practices from Europe and beyond. Also to become a major point of European reference for transnational and interdisciplinary networking in the preservation of Cultural Heritage. The European Commission also funds two new projects to support schools by setting up mentoring schemes and mainstreaming innovation by spreading the advanced ICT-based teaching practices.
Competence Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
The competence centre will work as an ambassador for large-scale digitisation of endangered European cultural heritage. Also it will coordinate multidisciplinary expertise and mapping research. 4CH will receive up to 3 million euro over a period of three years starting on 1 January 2021. The project will also provide a collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation with a particular attention to 3D. It will focus on analysing and promoting best practices on metadata, standards and guidelines. Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy, coordinates the team of 19 beneficiaries from across Europe.
Mentoring for School Improvement
EUN Partnership AISBL leads a team of eight beneficiaries from Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom with a maximum funding of € 999,943.75. The MenSI project will mobilise 120 schools in six countries (Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal). It will advance whole-school digital innovation over a period of 28 months. The project will address both the general challenge of mainstreaming ICT at an institutional level, as well as a set of more specific common challenges faced by national ministries of education, such as challenges related to small and rural schools, social disadvantaged students, or challenges associated with personalising learning.
Accelerating Digital Innovation in Schools through Regional Innovation Hubs and a Whole-School Mentoring Model
Tallinn University in Estonia is coordinating the iHub4Schools project with a team of nine beneficiaries from Norway, United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania and Georgia. The project will work over 30 months with the aim to develop mechanisms to accelerate whole-school digital innovation in and across schools. The project will establish Regional Innovation Hubs in five European countries (Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Georgia, and the United Kingdom), with the goal to set up a mentoring model that will be piloted with 600 teachers in 75 schools.