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, archiving, and promotion of cultural heritage, tangible and intangible remains of our cultural past. The research scientists and doctoral students employed at the lab engage in collaborate research with national and international institutions to explore the latest technological advances in the field, their efficacy and usefulness in 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 a prototype of cooperation and has rapidly achieved world-spectrum collaboration research programs. The lab has created a unique and wide research network and agenda with great potential for future activities. The input of the lab is significant, since it promotes and supports an advanced scientific basis.
The research focuses on four thematic areas: recording, access, management, and conservation of cultural heritage assets.
- Research collaborations on the use and impact of digitisation in the field of preservation of cultural heritage and the memory of the past.
- Methods for the digitisation of cultural heritage such as system development, large-scale databases, virtual representations, 3D e-presentations, etc.
- Digitisation of audio-visual records.
- Semantic enrichment of artefacts, metadata encoding, reasoning, and inference.
- Operation of interactive technologies that allow user interaction with the content.
- Development of new applications and mash-ups over existing knowledge and data sets.
- Hosting of new research programs.
- Organising activities, events, seminars, and conferences to discuss new fundamental research capabilities.
- Use and reuse of digitised collections.