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INFORMATION DATABASE OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE SLOVENE MEDITERRANEAN

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
7.00.00  Interdisciplinary research     

Code Science Field
H100  Humanities  Documentation, information, library science, archivistics 
Keywords
natural and cultural heritage, Carst, Istria, computer database, informatic technologies, informatic systems, Sound and Audiovisual archives, digitalisation of data, catalogisation, prekomorci
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  24375  PhD Elena Bužan  Biology  Researcher  2008 - 2009  364 
2.  06391  PhD Anton Gosar  Geography  Researcher  2007 - 2009  629 
3.  28155  PhD Petra Kavrečič  Historiography  Researcher  2008 - 2009  157 
4.  24614  PhD Gregor Kovačič  Geography  Researcher  2007 - 2009  326 
5.  09211  PhD Boris Kryštufek  Biology  Researcher  2007  982 
6.  25029  PhD Irena Lazar  Archaeology  Researcher  2007 - 2009  467 
7.  24014  PhD Aleksander Panjek  Historiography  Head  2007 - 2009  241 
8.  24217  MSc Nataša Režek Donev  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2007  38 
9.  15876  Vida Rožac Darovec  Historiography  Researcher  2007  145 
10.  18581  PhD Mateja Sedmak  Sociology  Researcher  2007 - 2009  533 
11.  28645  PhD Katharina Zanier  Archaeology  Researcher  2008 - 2009  163 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000  13,745 
Abstract
The aim of the project is to establish a system of standardized catalogization of natural and cultural heritage, which will enable standardized capturing and entering of different kinds of digitalized records from the field of natural sciences and humanities. In its work, the project team will take into account the possibilities and needs for connecting the standardized electronic databases with geographic information systems (GIS). The interdisciplinary project team will perform an experimental enlistment and catalogization of data on selected typologies of the nature and cultural heritage; it will also perform test analyses of in this way established databases, also on the level of spatial analyses in connection with the Geographic Information System (GIS). With such series of »case studies and their feasibility,« the project team will put to the test the applicative suitability of the completed system within a broad typology of sources, data and types of digital records. The project has been developing scientific and applicative competences within the individual fields of sciences represented in the project, as well as in the field of preserving, managing and valorisation of the nature and cultural heritage. It has been bringing into practice the contemporary European tendencies of computer literacy and digitalization of knowledge, the principles of easy access to information, and preserving the nature and cultural heritage with cultural diversity. With the standardized digitalization of sources and databases, the project enables their complex, interdisciplinary scientific research treatment, contributes to introduction of the most advanced research approaches into the Slovene science, and as a result of this, it increases the international comparability and proper identification of Slovene research findings. By establishing the pilot system for catalogization, multimedia managing and data archiving, the project has been developing an important system for the Slovene country; this system may become the basis (on a national level) for the standardization of computerized documentation and archivation.
Significance for science
Having used the most recent approaches to data collection and cataloguing, the applied project improves the complex assessment of the environment. The digitalization of sources and the integrated database for natural and cultural heritage enables standardized and uniform data capture in the fields of natural and human sciences and their complex, including interdisciplinary, processing. It facilitates also the introduction of the latest research approaches and methodologies into Slovene science and increases the level of international comparability of Slovene research results. The establishment of the digital catalogue of natural and cultural heritage monuments in the area of Mediterranean provides an important platform for further research in the field of natural and cultural heritage and facilitates further development of science owing to the fact that the project involves the development and harmonization of methodologies at the EU level and the inventory and evaluation of natural and cultural resources on the basis of a system of descriptors. The applied project also accelerates the development of the interdisciplinary scientific approach to scientific questions and the enrichment of knowledge related to the conservation and management of monuments and areas classified as cultural and natural heritage. Moreover, the project will provide the basis and contents for the preparation of teaching and informative materials in electronic forms, which will be used for the purposes of professional education and lifelong learning, thus contributing to the development of scientific and professional competences both in the fields of individual scientific disciplines involved in the project and in the field of heritage conservation and management. Data collection and storage are important activities in the processes of natural and cultural heritage conservation. The development of the information system and data archiving will facilitate better interaction between different Slovene and foreign institutions and enable different potential users to benefit from our database. The project developed a pilot system for cataloguing, management and archiving of multimedia data, which will facilitate the assessment and conservation of natural and cultural heritage both at national and wider European level. The project displays a relatively high level of innovation be it on an European or global scale; the unified form will be available for filling in in both the Slovene and English language, which will enable it to be used also outside Slovenia and thus have an impact in the international scientific and professional arena. In fact the Heritage Information Catalogue will for the first time provide easy access to informations, digital documents and bibliographic/archivistic references related to both natural and cultural heritage and their cartographic representation, flexible recording and documenting of natural and cultural resources, which can be continuously modified, updated and increased, always keeping in touch with the newest results of scientific research. The Heritage Information Catalogue is unique in the world because it provides the cataloguing of all kinds of natural and cultural heritage in one system with usefulness on both the national and international level. Its multidisciplinary approach enables the formation of information databases with all the relevant data about a certain area or space we would like to analyze study or get to know. The further development of the Heritage Information Catalogue, because of its innovative character, international relevance and importance for the Slovenia, should be encouraged and financially supported.
Significance for the country
In the field of natural and cultural heritage, Slovenia has not yet implemented a standardized information system for data cataloguing, which limits our options in scientific research and in the formation of strategies and practices in the field of natural and cultural heritage conservation and assessment. In view of such deficiency, the project has opened the possibility of forming a standardized information system for cataloguing both natural and cultural heritage, which considerably increases the possibility of performing interdisciplinary analysis, in particular the harmonizing of the process of conservation and management of monuments and areas classified as natural and cultural heritage. In future, the results and experienced obtained during the realization of the project related to Mediterranean Slovenia can be applied to other Slovene regions. The implementation of a pilot system for data cataloguing, multimedia management and archiving will be an important novelty in the Slovene area as the system could become a basis for the standardization of information documentation and archiving at national level. The realization of the project will provide Slovenia with competitive advantage in the development of methodologies and strategic approaches in the field of natural and cultural heritage conservation. The formation of a digital register of the network of natural and cultural heritage resources of Mediterranean Slovenia, which will be conceived in the form of a researcher-friendly GIS-based database, will facilitate the spatial analysis and the determination of particularly important or vulnerable areas in terms of natural and cultural heritage. In the advanced project phases, it might serve as a platform for monitoring not only such areas, but also the whole region included in the project. Adopting the most recent approaches characteristic of different scientific disciplines, this inherently interdisciplinary project enables appropriate scientific assessment and promotion of natural and cultural characteristics of the area. It also opens new possibilities of social and economic development of the area, its integration into the national socio-economic area and enables the assessment, promotion and conservation of local environmental resources and Slovene heritage. The project results can be used by all governmental structures and public institutions striving for the improvement of education contents, intercultural communication and heritage conservation. Better knowledge of natural and cultural heritage will not only facilitate the socio-economic development of Mediterranean Slovenia, but also offer new contents for the preparation of teaching and informative materials in electronic and printed forms, which will be used for the purposes of professional education and lifelong learning, thus contributing to the development of scientific and professional competences both in the fields of individual scientific disciplines involved in the project and in the field of heritage conservation and management. The Heritage Information Catalogue will be useful for research, conservation, monitoring, management and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage of Slovenia as well as for education and also as for tourist/visitor information. It will provide an improvement of research activities, education, protection and conservation, management and promotion in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, increasing of the visibility of Slovenia, by offering to the widest worldwide number of people access to communication and information networks in the fields of natural and cultural heritage of the region and thus help to promote a Slovene heritage identity and spread the awareness of territorial protection in order to enhance sustainable development through a shared knowledge of the natural and cultural heritage of Slovenia.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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