Flash News Proposal

Alessandra Antonaci, Italy , Alessandra Antonaci, Italy

i-Treasures is an Integrated Project co-financed by EU under the ICT theme (Information and Communication Technologies) of the FP7 (7th Framework Program). It deals with Intangible Cultural Heritage and in particular it focuses on four use cases: a) Rare Traditional Songs, b) Rare Dance Interactions, c) Traditional Craftsmanship and d) Contemporary Music Composition.

The project aims at going far beyond the mere ICT-enhanced dissemination; it, rather, is meant to support the learning and passing down of the rare know how behind the various ICHs and, in doing so, it relies on advanced ICT and sensor technologies to new generations.

The ultimate and main outcome of the i-Treasures endeavor will be “an open and extendable platform providing access to ICH resources, enabling knowledge exchange between researchers and contributing to the transmission of rare know-how from Living Human Treasures to apprentices”.

With this ultimate objective, i-Treasures makes an in-depth use of cutting- edge ICT and sensor technologies to sustain the passing down and transmission of ICH living cultural expressions in the fields of dance, singing, music composition and craftsmanship.

More in detail, in i-Treasures relevant and detailed information on the different artistic expressions recognized as ICHs are obtained from expert performers and researchers in the field and, based on this information, key aspects and features of this ICH are “captured” by using advanced ICT and sensor technologies.

A thorough process of modeling the data available through the “capturing” processes is then carried out by relying on advanced Semantic Multimedia Analysis techniques.

This allows shaping and directing the learning process of apprentices: learners are exposed to multi-modal and multi-sensory learning experiences; they are enabled to carry out individual trials and receiving appropriate feedback, so to reach increased levels of competence in an easier, more direct, quicker and effective way.

The envisaged learning process is expected to take the learners beyond the so far adopted strategy of “learning by imitation”.

All the above mentioned innovative methods are strongly based on state-of-the-art and ground -breaking technologies/tools, which are not, of course, meant to substitute but rather to complement the traditional learning/teaching methods; the traditional role teachers is not put aside rather valued with the provision of new educational tools and methods

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