PSNC joined the E-RIHS PL Consortium

PSNC joined the E-RIHS PL Consortium

The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre has joined the Polish Consortium for Research on Cultural Heritage ERIHS PL. The aim of the Consortium is to increase knowledge of the properties and methods of conservation of materials that make up historical objects. PSNC joined it by supporting the structures with its knowledge and experience in the field of digitisation and digitisation of collections of culture, art and national heritage.

E-RIHS PL, which is part of the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS), has been on the Polish Roadmap for Research Infrastructures since January 2020. Established by 14 Polish institutions, it was set up to conduct research on historic buildings using physical and chemical methods.

The essence of the infrastructure is a holistic approach to the research of the object: a combination of activities from the sciences and humanities. The task of the infrastructure is to enable, on a European scale, access to unique research apparatus and knowledge, to create new research tools directed at the study of objects of great diversity, including the assessment of their ageing processes on a long time scale, to develop methodologies and to create a common IT infrastructure (data access) – in cooperation with DARIAH.

Participation in the E-RIHS PL consortium is the next step in the realisation of our vision of combining science, cultural heritage and modern technology. In this case, we are joining a group of prominent scientists who carry out physical and chemical analyses of cultural heritage monuments, e.g. to plan the right technique for their conservation or documentation. Our activities will be directed towards supporting the E-RIHS PL Consortium in the context of modern research infrastructure.

The coordinator of the consortium is Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń; the delegate on behalf of our Centre is the Head of the Network Services Division – Robert Pękal. It is worth emphasising that E-RIHS PL is an open structure – it invites cooperation and participation.