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Copernicus for Cultural Heritage Workshop

31 March 2017


The European Commission is hosting a Copernicus User Forum Industry Workshop in Brussels on 24 April 2017. Copernicus is one of the Commission's flagship space programmes and is a leading provider of Earth observation data.

This workshop will assess the potential of Copernicus to support the preservation and management of cultural heritage. It will also look at how Copernicus can provide input for further research and operational implementation.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • identify intermediate and end-user needs in cultural heritage, and assess and characterise space-based applications in support of cultural heritage at EU level and worldwide.
  • assess capabilities and outline requirements for Copernicus-based products/services in support of cultural heritage.
  • propose and assess implementation scenarios for a structured Copernicus-based approach to support cultural heritage.

The workshop will identify the main user requirements for space-based applications associated with the preservation and management of cultural heritage assets in Europe and worldwide. Opportunities for standardisation will be analysed. They will take into account what is already being done in some European countries, with risk assessments associated to each cultural asset also taking account of environmental risks.

The main focus of the event will be on the characterisation and mapping of Copernicus capabilities and existing solutions over user needs, and the identification of potential solutions to effectively support cultural heritage needs.

Different scenarios will be assessed. They include:

  • a new Cultural Heritage Copernicus Service.
  • Cultural heritage as part of an existing Copernicus Service.
  • the structured use of a combination of Copernicus Services for cultural heritage.
  • a follow-up of Copernicus Products tailored for cultural heritage. Out of those, a preferred option will later be identified.

Registration is now open.