JPI CH and Time Machine join forces for a research and innovation partnership promoting the future of Cultural Heritage
The Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI-CH) and Time Machine have decided to join forces, at a time when globalisation, changing demographics and the dominant position of private social media platforms threaten Europe’s cultural and democratic values and sense of belonging. These unprecedented transformations compel Europe to intensify its engagement with its past to facilitate an evidence-based dialogue between diverse histories and memories and build a common path across generations.
This alliance for a new Partnership is an efficient instrument as it combines a strong top-down commitment of Member-States with a bottom-up initiative from the key actors in the European cultural heritage landscape.
The proposed pan-European initiative provides a solid foundation for (a) addressing the grand scientific and technological challenges in Social Sciences and Humanities, natural sciences, ICT and AI for the big data of the past, (b) developing the framework for the management of the large-scale shared infrastructures in the fields of Cultural Heritage and Social Sciences and Humanities based on common standards and synergies, and (c) converting the research results into concrete and substantial economic and social benefits during its lifetime and beyond.
A realistic long-term operational roadmap with concrete objectives and milestones is the guarantee of an integrated approach, enabling Europe to make the required simultaneous advances in key areas that maximise socioeconomic impact.
Together, the JPI Cultural Heritage and Time Machine have all the knowledge, experience and support to successfully develop an ambitious long-term programme in the context of Horizon Europe. The partnership scheme offers the required large-scale research coordination in all relevant fields, since the extensive, long-term and sustained effort that is needed exceeds by far what can be achieved in typical national or European research and innovation projects. Moreover, as digital preservation and transmission of cultural heritage is a priority for almost every Member State, the partnership will offer crucial support in aligning national research agendas and managing multiple projects and networks in different European countries and cities.