The i-Treasures Project

i-Treasures (Intangible Treasures - Capturing the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Learning the Rare Know-How of Living Human Treasures FP7-ICT-2011-9-600676-i-Treasures) is an Integrated Project (IP) of the European Union's 7th Framework Programme 'ICT for Access to Cultural Resources'. The project started on February 1, 2013, and will last 48 months.

Cultural expression is not limited to architecture, monuments or collections of artifacts. It also includes fragile intangible live expressions, which involve knowledge and skills. Such expressions include music, dance, singing, theatre, human skills and craftsmanship. These manifestations of human intelligence and creativeness constitute our Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). ICH is at the same time traditional, contemporary and living, because it does not only refer to inherited knowledge but also to the renewal of contemporary cultural expressions. It refers to the past, to the present, and, certainly to the future and is the mainspring of humanity's cultural diversity.

The main objective of i-Treasures is to develop an open and extendable platform to provide access to ICH resources, enable knowledge exchange between researchers and contribute to the transmission of rare know-how from Living Human Treasures to apprentices. To this end, the project aims to go beyond the mere digitization of cultural content. Its main contribution is the creation of new knowledge by proposing novel methodologies and new technological paradigms for the analysis and modeling of ICH. One of the main objectives of the proposal is the development of an appropriate methodology based on multisensory technology for the creation of information (intangible treasures) that has never been analyzed or studied before.

Within the i-Treasures project, the usability of the platform will be demonstrated in four different case studies: a) Rare Traditional Songs, b) Rare Dance Interactions, c) Traditional Craftsmanship and d) Contemporary Music Composition.

Recent News

i-Treasures in World Voice Day (WVD)

On April 15th 2015, Dr Lise Crevier-Buchman from CNRS gave a lecture on "Novel methodologies for capturing rare songs" in Paris during the World Voice Day (WVD). She presented the singing use case and the main objectives of the i-Treasures project.

"Digital Heritage 2015" (Granada, Spain, 28 September - 2 October 2015)

Digital Heritage 2015 invite you to participate and contribute to the second international forum for the dissemination and exchange of cutting-edge scientific knowledge on theoretical, generic and applied areas of digital heritage.

i – Treasures: Evaluation of Pottery use case (Thessaloniki, Greece, March 12, 2015)

The evaluation of the Pottery use case was held in the Workshop of KETHEA ITHAKI at Sindos Thessaloniki, on 12th March of 2015. Students and pottery experts had the opportunity to use the pottery game-like application, the web platform and the Learning Management System (LMS). The participants completed questionnaires and discussed with members of the consortium.