The Digital Heritage Research Lab (DHRLab) was established in 2013 at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology. The lab is devoted to research on the digitisation, documentation, archiving, preservation, protection and promotion of cultural heritage, tangible and intangible remains of our past. The research scientists and doctoral students employed at the lab engage in collaborative research with national and international institutions to explore the latest technological advances in the field, their efficacy, and usefulness to bring cultural heritage information to end-users, obstacles, and prospects for further development. At a European level, the lab collaborates with a network of over 150 partners from the academic, research and industrial sectors working towards the development of new tools and applications.

DHRLab is hosting the unique UNESCO and European Research Area (ERA) Chairs on Digital Cultural Heritage and it’s a prototype of cooperation. It has rapidly achieved world-spectrum collaboration research projects and has created a remarkable wide research network and an agenda with great potential for future activities (such as the ViMM Manifesto, Roadmap and Action Plan). The latest achievements of the Lab are significant with unique international awards like the Best Innovation Award on the Fair of  European Innovators in Cultural Heritage, European Commission Research Executive Agency REA: 10 years supporting excellence in science/REA’s life-changing projects and  Innovation Radar Capturing and Digitisation technologies in Cultural Heritage.

Research Agenda and Activities

The research focuses on four thematic areas: recording, access, management, and conservation of Cultural Heritage assets.

  1. Research collaborations on the use and impact of digitisation in the field of preservation of cultural heritage and the memory of the past.
  2. Methods for the digitisation of cultural heritage such as system development, large-scale databases, virtual representations, 3D visualisations, etc.
  3. Digitisation of audio-visual records.
  4. Semantic enrichment of artefacts, metadata encoding, reasoning, and inference.
  5. Operation of interactive technologies that allow user interaction with the content.
  6. Development of new applications and mash-ups over existing knowledge and data sets.
  7. Hosting of new research projects.
  8. Organising activities, events, seminars, and conferences to discuss new fundamental research capabilities.
  9. Use and reuse of digitised collections.