Seminar- Making Heritage Science Data FAIR and Impactful

NHSF, E-RIHS.uk and Icon Heritage Science Group are working together to host a seminar that will explore how the FAIR principles can be applied to heritage data.

11 February 2019, 10.30-18.30, UCL Here East Stratford Campus, London E20 3BS

This free one-day seminar is jointly organised by the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF), European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, UK hub (E-RIHS.uk) and Icon Heritage Science Group.

All those engaged in Heritage Science collect a wide range of different types of data on cultural heritage, about objects, buildings and landscapes, and the people who value and use them - with particular focus on understanding change over time and informing future management. This data is increasingly 'born digital' and is being used to support 'big data' projects for the benefit of the historic environment.

This seminar will explore how the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) can be applied to heritage data, and will debate the infrastructure required to maximise the public value and impact of the data created as part of heritage science practice.

It will seek answers to four questions:

What is heritage science data?

How do we go about collecting, managing and storing the data we collect so that it can be used by others, both now and in the future?

How and why should we disseminate heritage science data?

What is the role of heritage science data in making the economic case for cultural heritage?


The day will include a range of invited speakers, panel discussion, poster session and a tour of the new Heritage Imaging Lab.

The seminar builds on work by all three of the organising institutions to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with managing and re-using heritage science data. We hope that you can join us to learn from the work of others, share your experience and contribute to a conversation about community needs in this area.

Further programme information and bookings on the Eventbrite page.

This is a free event but places are limited so please be sure you can attend at the time of registering.