The Territorial Cohesion Agency finances the SHerIL (Samnium Heritage Innovation Lab) project, placing it among the very first positions in the ranking just published: fourth out of 146 projects submitted and 27 admitted for funding.

The project, financed for 5 million euros, aims to redevelop and refurbish an area of ​​about 2,000 square meters, owned by the University of Sannio, located in the west of the Municipality of Benevento, in the Triggio district. The redevelopment of the area is aimed at creating a Center oriented towards research, technology transfer, higher education, business creation and dissemination in the field of protection, enhancement and use of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
The Center will use a multidisciplinary approach, which provides for a close interconnection between technical-scientific disciplines and humanities, to develop knowledge, skills, models and operational practices related to what technology, artificial intelligence and digital services can provide to cultural heritage.

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The Center will be structured in such a way as to become a business incubator for activities derived from enhancement, and in particular for the creative industry, cultural and social enterprises. Finally, the Center will be equipped to establish a center for the elaboration and production of tools for high dissemination of knowledge, projecting the cultural heritage of the territory towards a highly technological and digital dimension, also through immersive tools of augmented reality.

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The project, which sees the University of Sannio in the role of leader, is supported by a broad and highly qualified partnership composed of public governance bodies of the territory, such as the Municipality of Benevento and the Province of Benevento, public bodies operating in the culture sector with reference to both tangible and intangible assets, such as the "Nicola Sala" Conservatory of Music of Benevento, the "Cimarosa" Conservatory of Music of Avellino, the Regional Directorate of Campania Museums, the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape Caserta-Benevento, the Regional Park of Taburno Camposauro, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Pietraroja Geopaleontological Park, the Universities of the Campania region such as the University of Naples "Federico II", the University of Naples "L'Orientale", the University of Salerno, the Suor Orsola Benincasa University, the University of Napol the "Parthenopes", expert companies in the production of digital content, such as Heritage and @Cult, a leading company in the digitalized reproduction of cultural heritage and gaming, such as Mare Engineering - SpinVector, companies operating in the monitoring and diagnostics sector and restoration, such as DigiSky, TecnoBios and Minerva, companies operating in the Internet of Things sector and ICT technologies, such as R4I and FOS, and finally a large company in the IT sector, Innovaway.

"The project - declares the rector of the University of Sannio Gerardo Canfora - aims to create the context conditions, on a technical-scientific, economic and social level, so that the cultural heritage, material and intangible, can play a strategic role in the area territorial development for the activation of endogenous and inclusive development paths. Research and development activities will be accompanied by the training of skills for the use of innovative technologies for cultural heritage, technology transfer for the development of new entrepreneurial projects and for the creation of innovative start-ups and spin-offs, the improvement accessibility and knowledge of cultural heritage, providing new virtual and real means for dissemination and use ".