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Heritage 2018, 1(1), 88-99; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1010007

Glocal Participatory System for the Recording, Documentation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage: A Greek Case-Study

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Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos 38334, Greece
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Laboratory of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Zografou 15784, Greece
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Received: 5 June 2018 / Revised: 21 June 2018 / Accepted: 24 June 2018 / Published: 26 June 2018
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The recording, documentation and promotion of local cultural heritage has been the subject of significant research from scientists from various fields such as architecture, anthropology, history, folklore, ethnomusicology, and museology. This paper argues that digital technologies could have a catalytic role concerning the operational part of a holistic–interdisciplinary approach to the maintenance of cultural heritage. Simultaneous and bidirectional recording, documentation and promotion of human histories, material elements of space, personal and collective memories, music, dance, singing and other performances, customs, traditions etc. has the effect of improving the understanding of each place and, therefore, contributing to the establishment of sustainable living conditions and environmental balance. At the same time, it facilitates the process of presenting the place’s local identity as well as its tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The paper proposes the design, the creation and the pilot operation of a glocal hybrid (physical and digital) participatory system for monitoring cultural heritage, which consists of (a) spatial recording and projection constructions (open micro-labs); (b) research and documentation centers; and (c) digital databases and mobile applications for interconnection and diffusion of digital content. The system’s implementation domain is considered to be “historic urban landscapes”, i.e., geographical areas with particular cultural features such as traditional settlements, monuments and historical centers, regarded as exceptional universal heritage. In particular, the project’s prime exemplary pilot setup is considered to be operated in specific Greek areas of cultural importance. View Full-Text
Keywords: network; interdisciplinarity; participatory system; cultural heritage; urban landscapes; micro-labs network; interdisciplinarity; participatory system; cultural heritage; urban landscapes; micro-labs
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Psychogyios, D.; Poulakis, N. Glocal Participatory System for the Recording, Documentation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage: A Greek Case-Study. Heritage 2018, 1, 88-99.

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