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ROUTETOPA Case Study: Hetor Pilot

Posted: 7th September 2017 at 9:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In this ROUTETOPA case study series, we shine a light on public administrations, organizations and communities that have adopted and are using ROUTETOPA tools  for work and discussions around open data 


This case study narrative was written by Hetor Pilot’s Carmen Luciano, Vanja Annunziata, Maria Anna Ambrosino and Gianluca Santangelo.

Italy has a long Cultural tradition and Campania Region, in particular, is a territory that has a huge number of worthy local resources. Campania Region Cultural Heritage must be preserved and promoted, first, by Public Administrations, but also by citizens. Unfortunately, these actions become more and more arduous, especially in a society totally oriented to the technological world, in which people are no more interested in “old things”.

Hetor project was born with the aim of “revealing Campania Cultural Heritage essence via Open Data power”, combining Cultural Heritage with new technologies.

The project is part of the initiatives organized by DATABENC Technological district (High Technology Consortium for Cultural Heritage) within the EU H2020 ROUTE-TO-PA Project, and it is based on the creation and accessibility of knowledge concerning Campania Cultural Heritage.

The term Hetor (‘heart’ in greek) is connected to the principle of ‘truth’, meaning a shared and participatory construction of knowledge.

The project aims to motivate and engage PA, local communities and schools in co-producing Open Data to enhance the local Cultural Heritage.

Therefore, we have created a website for Open Data concerning the Cultural Heritage of Campania Region, which contains Official Data from National Institutions, such as ISTAT, MIBACT, MIUR and Campania Region.

The project is even more ambitious- by logging in to Hetor’s Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) citizens can hold discussions, using free licensed data that’s available for use all over the world, in addition to data collected on the project repository and they can also co-create contents related to their town, enhancing their local Cultural Heritage.

The image above is a screen grab of a co-created dataset on Hetor’s Social Platform for Open Data and a visualization created from the dataset.

To reach these goals, the project follows two main directions:

  • Reuse of data, via various formats (images, GIF, articles) in order to spread the information collected within the datasets on SPOD;
  • Spreading of data, via a specific communication strategy that uses two main ways of communication, Hetor Facebook page and Hetor blog .

The initial activities of the project involved a group of trainees undertaking their ICT Masters program for  in “Cultural Heritage Information System” at DATABENC, and they produced 8 datasets about the Cultural Heritage resources of Campania Region, including material and immaterial resources, in order to facilitate the creation of touristic itineraries to promote the territory.

In a second phase, students have been involved in the project, in particular 4 schools located in the provinces of Salerno, Avellino and Caserta. At the end of the activities, conducted within the ‘School-to-work transition Programme’, students have produced 19 datasets about their local resources, both tangible and intangible ones. Communities also collaborated with the project: 2 groups of citizens, in particular, in the province of Salerno, produced 2 datasets related to their territory.

The power of Hetor Project stands in the pair Cultural Heritage – ICT: the Open Data collected on SPOD are the means to promote and enhance the territory, that by now they concern Campania Region, but that could be implemented to the national level with citizen’s participation. Numerous activities have been completed, others are still in progress; anyway, we have many other ideas for the future. Everyone can join us, co-creating data in order to enhance their own town. Visit our website! You can find posts, articles, images and events to see with your eyes the power of Open Data connected to the Cultural Heritage world.

Hetor is a project that gets everybody excited: data can be amazing and they can teach you many things about your own territory that even native citizens did not know before!

You can read more about Hetor’s work on this blog and follow updates via Facebook.

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