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  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Anna Bernardi; Monica Favaro; Timo G. Nijland; Olga García; Vincent Detalle; K. Wittstadt; M.D. Romero Sanchez; L. Pockelé; B. Kunday; B. Verhey; +5 more
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | NANOMATCH (283182), EC | NANOMATCH (283182)

    The problem of deterioration of historical building materials, namely stone, wood and glass has become more and more urgent. Climate changes have increased the impact of natural decay whilst socio-economic requirements claim a more sustainable use of existing built heritage. The EU project NANOMATCH addresses this problem through the development of a family of innovative materials. These are specifically designed for the consolidation requirements of historical substrates and for the production of high performance products to fill the gap in the market dedicated to the conservation of built heritage. Metal-alkoxide precursors will be synthesized and their properties will be tuned based on the substrate characteristics of respectively stone, wood, glass to fulfil specific functionalities. The consolidation effects will be first evaluated through lab experimentation and subsequently the most suitable metal alkoxides will be tested in different European sites to evaluate also the environmental effects on their performance This will lead to a new generation of nano-products specifically tailored for historic materials in a context of climate change, emerging from the most recent and advanced research in the fields of conservation science and nanotechnologies. The development of suitable products for the treatment of historical materials will finally stop the inappropriate use of several commercial products, especially polymers. These have shown in recent years detrimental effects due to their fast deterioration and have also hampered the treated material as well. Central to the project is the synthesis of molecular precursors, nano-coating deposition and assessment of their conservation properties leading to the production of innovative products for the market of conservation in replacement of unfit traditional ones. The basis for their production and market introduction will be developed within the project. CNR-ISAC, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova, Italy, CNR-ICIS, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova, Italy, TNO, The Netherlands, TECNALIA, C/Geldo - Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, 48160 Derio (Bizkaia), Spain, Cercle des partenaires du Patrimoine - TRMH, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France, Fraunhofer E. V., Bronnbach 28, 97877 Wertheim-Bronnbach, Germany, AIDICO, Camí de Castella 4, 03660 Novelda-Alicante, Spain, R. E. D. srl, Viale dell'industria 58B, 35129 Padova, Italy, NANOTEGO INC., GOSB, Teknopark High Tech Binas1 K1 A10, 44184 Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey, Bofimex B. V., Krombraak 3, 4906 CR Oosterhout state, The Netherlands, Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln Dombauverwaltung, Roncalliplatz 1, D-50667 Köln, Germany, Opera di Santa Croce, Piazza S. Croce 16, 5122 Firenze, Italy, Eschlimann, rue Ettore Bugatti, PO Box 40100, 67150 Erstein Cedex, France, T_O_P Oberflächen GmbH, Friedrichstraße 10a, 97082 Würzburg, Germany, SC DUCT SRL, Aviator Stefan Sanatescu 41, 11476 Bucharest, Romania

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Pesce, Valeria; Geser, Guntram; Caracciolo, Caterina; Keizer, Johannes; L'Abate, Giovanni;
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | AGINFRA (283770)

    Περιέχει το πλήρες κείμενο The agINFRA project focuses on the production of interoperable data in agriculture, starting from the vocabularies and KOS used to classify and an-notate them. In this paper we report on our first steps in the direction of con-tributing to a LOD of agricultural data. In particular we look at germplasm data and soil data, which are still widely missing from the LOD landscape, seeming-ly because information managers in this field are still not very familiar with LOD practices.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    F.Ch. Tsimpoglou; Vasiliki (Sylvia) V. Koukounidou; L.A. Prokopiou;
    Publisher: Multi Science Publishing
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | OPENAIREPLUS (283595), EC | OPENAIREPLUS (283595)

    The paper presents the introduction of Open Access movement in the Academic environment, pros and cons of the adoption of OA by Universities and how the European Union is enforcing the use of Open Access. The ways of implementing OA, the policies of publishers and journals regarding the deposits of publications and the RoMEO and Juliet projects are also referred in an effort to give an overview of the conditions in exploiting Open Access, either as authors, publishers or end users. The adoption of the Berlin declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities by the Senate of the University of Cyprus is commented in the paper. Furthermore an analysis of the projects OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus in which the University of Cyprus Library is involved is provided. University of Cyprus Library, 75 Kallipoleos Str. P. O. Box 20537 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus.

  • Publication . Article . Conference object . 2012
    Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Albani; Marelli; Giaretta; Shaon;
    Publisher: Multi Science Publishing
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | SCIDIP-ES (283401), EC | SCIDIP-ES (283401)

    The proper preservation of both current and historical scientific data will underpin a multitude of ecological, economic and political decisions in the future of our society. The SCIDIP-ES project addresses the long-term persistent storage, access and management needs of scientific data by providing preservation infrastructure services. Taking exemplars from the Earth Science domain we highlight the key preservation challenges and barriers to be overcome by the SCIDIP-ES infrastructure. SCIDIP-ES augments existing science data e-infrastructures by adding specific services and toolkits, which implement core preservation concepts, thus guaranteeing the long-term access to data assets across and beyond their designated communities. European Space Agency ESA-ESRIN, Italy, Alliance for Permanent Access, The Netherlands, Science and Technology Facility Council, United Kingdom.

  • Publication . Article . Conference object . 2012
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Damien Lecarpentier; Mark van de Sanden; Peter Wittenburg;
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | EUDAT (283304), EC | EUDAT (283304)

    The EUDAT project is a pan-European data initiative that started in October 2011. The project brings together a unique consortium of 25 partners - including research communities, national data and high performance computing (HPC) centres, technology providers, and funding agencies - from 13 countries. EUDAT aims to build a sustainable cross-disciplinary and cross-national data infrastructure that provides a set of shared services for accessing and preserving research data. The design and deployment of these services is being coordinated by multi-disciplinary task forces comprising representatives from research communities and data centres. This short paper presents the achievements of the project during its first year and describes the services that have been chosen to meet the requirements of the initial research communities involved in the project. CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd., FI-02101 Espoo, Finland, SARA, Science Park 140, 1098 XG Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, PO Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Geser, G.; Jaques, Y.; Manouselis, N.; Vassilis Protonotarios; Keizer, J.; Sicilia, M.;
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | AGINFRA (283770)

    Περιέχει το πλήρες κείμενο The agINFRA project aims to provide the agricultural research communities with e-infrastructure and services for open data access, sharing and re-use. This paper introduces the project’s objectives and data principles, presents the data resources that are covered, and illustrates agINFRA services with examples from the area of agricultural statistics. Finally, it summarises how agricultural research institutions and other stakeholders can participate in, and benefit from, the project

  • Publication . Contribution for newspaper or weekly magazine . Conference object . Article . Other literature type . 2012
    Open Access

    Abstract. SASMAP’s purpose is to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural heritage in a more effective way than is possible today. SASMAP has taken an holistic- and process- based approach to investigating underwater environments and the archaeological sites contained therein. End user of the results of SASMAP are severalfold; i) to benefiet the SMEs involved in the project and development of their products for the offshore industry (not just for archaeological purposes) ii) a better understanding of the marine environment and its effect on archaeological materials iii) the collation of the results from the project into guidelines that can be used by cultural resource managers to better administer and optimise developer lead underwater archaeological project within Europe in accordance with European legislation (Treaty of Valetta (1992). Summarily the project has utilised a down scaling approach to localise archaeological sites at a large scale regional level. This has involved using innovative satellite imagery to obtain seamless topography maps over coastal areas and the seabed (accurate to a depth of 6m) as well as the development of a 3D sub bottom profiler to look within the seabed. Results obtained from the downscaling approach at the study areas in the project (Greece and Denmark) have enabled geological models to be developed inorder to work towards predictive modelling of where submerged prehistoric sites may be encountered. Once sites have been located an upscaling approach has been taken to assessing an individual site and the materials on and within it in order to better understand the state of preservation and dynamic conditions of a site and how it can best be preserved through in situ preservation or excavation. This has involved the development of equipment to monitor the seabed environment (open water and in sediments), equipment for sampling sediments and assessing the state of preservation of wood, once of the common materials on archaeological sites. The guidelines and all information and experiences obtained during the course of the project will be utilised to enhance and develop existing legislation and best practice for mapping and preserving Europe’s underwater and coastal heritage. The project started in September 2012 and finished at the end of August 2015 and the aim of the paper is to give a brief introduction to the results of the project. Further information on the project is available at www.sasmap.eu

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Marianne Odlyha; Laurent Bozec; Elin Dahlin; Terje Grøntoft; David Chelazzi; Piero Baglioni; Ilaria Bonaduce; Maria Perla Colombini; R. Larsen; Mikkel Scharff; +2 more
    Publisher: Multi Science Publishing
    Country: Cyprus
    Project: EC | MEMORI (265132)

    This paper presents preliminary studies and work in progress in the framework of two FP7 projects: MEMORI (Measurement, Effect Assessment and Mitigation of Pollutant Impact on Movable Cultural Assets - Innovative Research for Market Transfer) and NANOFORART (Nano-materials for the conservation and preservation of movable and immovable artworks). One of the aims of the MEMORI project is the determination of threshold levels of damage to exposed organic-based heritage objects as little is known about the impact of organic compounds, especially volatile organic acids, on organic-based cultural objects. In the previous PROPAINT project (Protection of Paintings during Exhibition, Storage Transit) it was recently demonstrated that levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were often much higher in the micro-climate frames used to protect paintings than recommended levels. In this paper, examples will be given of changes observed in varnished strips exposed at selected sites. Studies on the effect on collagen-based materials will also be presented. Techniques used in both projects include Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), micro-thermal analysis (μ-TA), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The NANOFORART project explores the effects of using nanoparticle-based conservation treatment on cellulosic and collagen-based cultural materials. It builds on previous work performed on deacidification of canvas paintings using conventional materials. For collagen-based materials, no previous conservation treatment using nanoparticles has been performed on historical parchment or leather objects. Preliminary work is directed at understanding the type of nanoparticles to use to improve the physicochemical state of collagen-based objects. Dept. of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St., London WC1E 7HX, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road London, WC1X 8LD, NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research Kjeller, Norway, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Florence, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, School of Conservation, Esplanaden 34 DK-1263 Copenhagen, Tate Conservation Dept Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, English Heritage, 1 Waterhouse Square138 London EC1N 2ST

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