NebulaThe methodology developed during the PERPETUATE project and the entire set of results obtained will be usable at several levels by different user groups. In particular, the following four types of relevant end-users have been identified:

  1. conservation officers employed in public institutions;
  2. engineers and architects involved in the design of strengthening interventions;
  3. enterprises working in the field of restoration;
  4. scientific community.

The involvement in PERPETUATE and the dissemination of the results within end-users will be performed in different ways.

General tools of dissemination will be:

  • Final conference. Although also the plenary meetings will be arranged in order to contain a part of dissemination open also to external bodies (e.g. representatives of local authorities), the final conference of the project will represent the most important tool of dissemination. The final conference will be publicized in a particular way among mayors and city governments, public and private services, scientists, planners and, by targeted intervention, to SME, designers and local authorities. It is worth noting that it is expected that the final conference may provide opportunities for further dissemination meetings (training workshops, seminars) in addition to those already planned which should represent a further occasion of exploitation of the results also after the end of the project.
  • Website. The creation of a Website at the beginning of the project will offer an access point to information of the work of the project itself and for related filed of work (link to other projects, services …). The website will be designed in order to meet both internal and external needs. A restricted area, protected by a password, will be addressed to consortium members in order to improve communication between them and share confidential data. An open area will offer unrestricted public access to more general information. The latter will be key tool to disseminate the main contents of the project to specialists, potential end-users, public officers, politicians and public funding authorities, as well as the general public. An open forum will be opened in the aim of receiving comments and suggestions concerning the proposed methodology, and solving practical difficulties. Through this open wide forum, members of the consortium could gain experience and knowledge not only on scientific aspects, but also on applied social sciences and practical actions. The Website will also provide downloadable versions of any literature generated by the project (selected technical documents, freeware software, reports on case studies). Moreover, a web version of the project newsletter – providing links to further information – will be available. The website will be publicised in all print items of the project and in newsletters purposely drawn up for local Engineering Orders, Municipalities or other competent public authorities. Moreover, the linking from other relevant websites will be encouraged (for example for the ECTP website). The website will be updated on a regular basis and will be kept active for at least three full years after the project end with a public and private sector in order to guarantee a long-lasting dissemination of the achieved results.
  • Newsletters. A periodic newsletter (issued ¾ times a year) will inform individuals within participants, Municipalities or other competent public authorities, ECTP/FACH, Universities and other targeted end-users about the development of the project (reports on conferences and meetings; news of milestone achievements; personnel announcements; information about forthcoming events, ecc…).
  • Brochure of the project.
  • Poster. A poster introducing the project will be produced. The consortium aim at displaying it at exhibitions and public meetings, as well as at universities and schools to stimulating student interest. It will include contact or website details giving ready access to further information.
  • “European Guidelines for the protection of cultural heritage assets”. The printed and electronic versions of the final product of the project (“European Guidelines for the protection of cultural heritage assets”) represents a fundamental tool for the dissemination of the results obtained. It will be addressed to all the different aforementioned user groups.
  • DVD. A DVD will be produced in order to disseminate in an attractive way the achievements of the project.

The following more specific tools of dissemination are targeted to the different end-users:

  1. Conservation officers employed in public institutions
    1. Presence of representatives into the Advisory Board. The participation of Dr. Mourad Bouteflika – Deputy Head of the Directorate of Patrimony at the Algerian Ministry of Culture; Arch. Roberto Cecchi – Head of a Department of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage; A.C.M.H. Gabor Mester de Parajd – Head of the Department of Historical Monuments, France; Dr. Damjana Pecnik – Director of Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia) to the Advisory Boards (thus to the plenary meetings), will guarantee a permanent relationship between the partners and public officers.
    2. Collaboration in the validation of the methodology (case studies of WP7). A series of meetings with local public officers in the selected sites of study are planned. The aim is sharing ideas and highlighting drawbacks on the methodologies and technologies proposed.
    3. Seminars. Three seminars (to be held in Athens, Rome and Algiers) specifically oriented to the education of the public officers and to the exploitation of the Guidelines within the administrations are planned. Particular attention will be paid to the mitigation strategies at a territorial scale (definition of priorities of interventions and criteria for the budget optimization).
  2. Engineers and architects involved in the design of strengthening interventions
    1. Training workshops. Two training workshops (to be held in Algiers and Ljubljana) specifically orientated to the education of the SMEs and designers are planned within WP8. The active involvement of the SMEs participating to the project in the organisation of these workshops will assure a strong interaction with engineering practice. Particular attention will be paid to the dissemination of the results related to the diagnostic techniques (e.g. in order to promote the importance of the knowledge process for the cultural heritage assets), intervention techniques and strategies of modelling. Concerning this last point, a direct validation of the software developed in WP5 will be carried out during the workshops. In particular, the designer will test the software on a set of simple test cases under our supervision; at the end of the workshop, they will be invited to fill in a questionnaire concerning the usability of the software.
    2. On-line available freeware software. The software developed in the project will be available on the Website of the project, with the possibility of using it on-line, in order to monitor their use from the end-users. Proper advertising will be adopted.
    3. Training course packages. In order to guarantee a widespread diffusion of the contents of the workshops, a “training course package” will be produced. In this way, the workshops could be carried out also after the end of the project or in further countries (i.e. in other ICPC countries).
    4. Web forum. A forum area will be available on the Website of the project.
  3. Enterprises working in the field of restorations
    1. Training workshops. Refer to the workshops described in point b.
    2. Involvement of SME as active partners of the project. In particular, the presence of ZRMK, which is in the ECTP, represents a reliable link with the enterprises working in the field.
    3. Final conference. The final conference will be especially arranged in order to promote the results achieved and the Guidelines to the members of European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) and the Focus Area Cultural Heritage (FACH). The will of the consortium is to organize the final conference in concomitance with one of the scheduled meetings of the members of ECTP-FACH.
  4. Scientific community:
    1. Publication of results on International Refereed Journals.
    2. Presentations of results to international conferences and workshops. It is the consortium’s policy and goal to try to disseminate the results in conferences and seminars attended by all disciplines contributing to the project, as a means to strengthen the formation of a multidisciplinary community.
    3. Special sessions in International Conferences. The organization of special sessions in International Conferences, such as the World Conference in Earthquake Engineering (expected in 2012 in Lisbon, just before the expected end of the project) is planned.

By carrying out the above dissemination plan it will be possible to present exploitation plans that will ensure that the database, tools, and all the documents developed within the project continue to be available and useful, well beyond the life of the project. The Drawing-up of “European Guidelines for the protection of cultural heritage assets” and the training course package could be of course used for this purpose. Moreover since the training and research material that will be created within in the context of PERPETUATE, available for use through the website, will be of an open nature, it will be used for academic purposes by different universities, including, but not limited to, the ones belonging to the project.

Finally, further dissemination actions, or some of those above listed, will be carried out and organized in form of joint activities with those carried out by the NIKER consortium, to ensure great and enlarged visibility and potential impact, as already mentioned in section B 1.2.3.