Project description

The promotion of the tangible cultural heritage (BBCC) represents a strategical asset for the development, the innovation and the revitalization of the traditional touristic and cultural circuits in art cities. However, it's still lacking an advanced ICT platform which could face the entire BBCC data life-cycle taking into account the restoration and safeguarding works necessary to ensure its enjoyment to the public.

The project aims to bridge this gap by creating an innovative ICT platform based on a fully distributed and open source cloud computing infrastructure that integrates existing infrastructure at public and private entities, facilitating storage and use of data relating to Cultural Heritage for both specialized users and the public.

The platform will be able to provide unique identification tools and 3D modeling of Cultural Heritage as well as application services that will ensure access, analysis and advanced data presentation.

At the business model level, SACHER will design participative design models to encourage the creation of new content that will enable the evaluation and implementation of cultural services through the involvement of content users (tourists, citizens) and industry experts cultural (scholars, researchers, curators).

Thanks to technological support, SACHER aims to organize and generate a permanent ecosystem of actors that can produce new value chains in the production area and collaborative fruition of cultural goods services.

Purposes of Comune di Bologna
  • Realize a federated and open source cloud capable of handling Cultural Heritage data thanks to new technologies (smart management);

  • Integrate Cultural Heritage Data available on public and private ICT platforms through applications and services that can facilitate and reduce data management times;

  • Ensure the accessibility of BBCC data to various types of users (cultural operators, citizens, tourists) through intuitive plug-ins;

  • Encourage integration of public and private actors working within social entrepreneurship and ICT;


The SACHER project involves two laboratories of the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Net (CIRI ICT and Softech-ICT) which will deal with the design and with the technological realization of the platform for the management of the BBCC data life-cycle.

The SACHER activities will be conducted in collaboration with companies which have big competences in the cloud computing field and in the development and integration of complex services on a wide range (Engineering S.p.a and Imola Informatica S.p.a) and with a laboratory highly specialized in safeguard, restoration and maintenance of artistic goods (Leonardo S.r.l).

The SACHER activities will be distributed on three levels:
  • BBCC data level: SACHER will develop methods and technologies both for the building and for visualization of 3D digital models libraries which will represent drawings, architectonics artifacts and urban systems in order to make them accessible on the web and offline, satisfying standards and quality requisites.
  • Infrastructural level: SACHER will provide a cloud platform characterized by: high interoperability with calculators of any manufacturer without asking specific configurations, elastic infrastructure scaling and services for minimizing the resources use in the various data centers involved, API standardization for the integration and the access to the BBCC data in federated and distributed environments.
  • Service level: SACHER will deal with the design of new collaborative and creative services (user active participation to the service) for the fruition, safeguard, management and the coproduction of BBCC data.

Final Results

SACHER, in collaboration with the three companies involved, significantly improves existing BBCC data management platforms by providing an efficient system for stable documentation over time and defining an operational framework for using 3D models aimed at enhancing cultural experiences.

The BBCC data acquisition, archiving, management and storage procedures and the SACHER cloud infrastructure will be made available to various cultural sector operators by providing new advanced services and operational methodologies characterized by a minimal access barrier to technology and reduced costs of realization and management.

A wide re-usability of the SACHER platform will contribute to the use of European standards such as FIWARE that will be significantly extended by the addition of new standard APIs at the IaaS / PaaS level for capturing, storing and storing BBCC data, thus creating new business opportunities for SMEs and companies operating in the industry

The platform will be tested in the data management of the Palazzo del Podestà and the Fontana del Nettuno in the city of Bologna.

Courtesy of Comune di Bologna