Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in the context of the activities of the ARCHiVe Center (Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice), renews the appointments of AOA | ARCHiVe Online Academy, the training program dedicated to digital preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and the Digital Humanities.


The meetings will be held in presence and/or online through the Zoom platform.

The program is aimed at anyone wishing to deepen their skills in the field of cultural heritage digitization.

In order to participate in the meetings, it is necessary to register via a form: a dedicated form will be published for each course.
The calendar of appointments is constantly being updated.


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Programma AOA | ARCHiVe Online Academy 

settembre 2023 – maggio 2024


14 September 2023

Across the Planet. The Past and the Future of Libraries

An online presentation of the research conducted by Cristina Dondi (University of Oxford) and her colleagues on the collection of the incunabula to be found in the library of the former monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore. This will be followed by a talk given by Carolina Gris (Factum Foundation) on the collection of medieval Arabic manuscripts on falconry, the protagonists of the Middle-East Falconry Archive (MEFA) project. 


9 – 13 October 2023

Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice. 2D and 3D Digitisation of Cultural Heritage

ARCHiVe’s first intensive, in-person, limited-attendance workshop dedicated to the application of non-contact and high-resolution digital technologies for the documentation of artistic, archival and architectural heritage. With a duration of thirty hours, the residential workshop is based on a learning-by-doing approach, and alternates theoretical lectures with practical sessions, offering training of a professionalising nature. 

Participants are introduced to specific 2D and 3D digitisation techniques and methods that ARCHiVe has pioneered over recent years in the context of projects developed in Venice and abroad. The workshop will be held on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and places are open to students and professionals of different backgrounds and even without experience, who will have the chance to practice in the field alongside experts from Factum Foundation and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. 


17, 19, 24 October 2023

From Costume to Fashion Archives

An online course split into two modules in partnership with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute of Theatre and Opera and Clara Tosi Pamphili, former director of the Accademia Costume e Moda in Rome as well as the creator and curator of A.I. Artisanal Intelligence. 

The first module (17 – 19 October, 4pm – 6pm CET), entitled The archives of costume: digitisation, description and reuse, consists of two lectures by Maria Ida Biggi (director of the Institute of Theatre and Opera) and Amin Farah (digital fashion designer, Theblacklab Digital Studio). Starting with a reflection on the Foundation’s collections, the lectures present a number of examples of costume archives, with a focus as much on the aspects of archival description and the digitisation of assets as on digital fashion, an executive application that represents the marriage of virtual reality and tailoring. 

The second module, New archives visible and invisible: the archive as a place for digitising memory, consists of an online talk by Clara Tosi Pamphili (24 October, 4pm – 6pm CET)


13 November 2023

The Digitisation of Business Archives: the Italgas Heritage Lab model as a place for digital transformation.

An online meeting, 3pm – 5pm CET, dedicated to the potential of a digital company archive and the methods of preservation and sharing, in particular of the extensive documentation tracing the history of the Italgas company. The lecture will focus in particular on the case of Heritage Lab as a model of digital transformation and an example of business heritage management, digital formats, integrated processes and the role of GDPR.

Guests of the meeting include Daniela Marendino (Curator Archivio Storico Italgas), Katya Corvino (HeritageLab Manager), Matteo Allasia (HeritageLab) and Giovanni Michetti (La Sapienza University, Rome). 


22 November 2023 

The digitisation and valorisation projects of Venetian music archives

A study day on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, in collaboration with the Institute for Music and the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The meeting was created to take stock of the state of the art of projects for the description, digitisation and valorisation of the main sound and music archives belonging to various city institutes actively engaged in this regard. The aim is to share methods and technologies, good practices and virtuous choices adopted by the various institutions called upon to participate, highlighting the peculiarities of each archive and emphasising the links that unite them. 


23 January 2024

Creative Access and Digital Innovation

An online panel discussion curated by Virginia Marano (University of Zurich), a Fondazione Giorgio Cini fellow in the PNRR–PEBA project for the Removal of Physical, Cognitive and Sensory Barriers in Cultural Sites (EU-funded grant – NextGenerationEU). The event features four professionals and experts in the fields of accessibility and emerging digital innovations: Kamran Behrouz (visual artist), Saverio Cantoni (visual artist), Georgina Kleege (University of California, Berkeley) and Nina Mühlemann (Bern Academy of the Arts). The event explores the role of new digital technologies from an artistic and academic perspective, delving into issues related to digital knowledge and spatial fruition. Guests and the participating group will have the opportunity to discuss and initiate a discussion on the points of convergence between art, scientific research and digital innovation with a view to new strategies for accessibility and inclusion. 


22 and 23 February 2024

Copyright for cultural property and AI

This two-lesson course will be an excellent opportunity to reflect on the value, legitimacy and ‘rights’ of contemporary works of art within our society and the relationship between copyright and artificial intelligence. In the first lecture Virginia Montani Tesei (lawyer), Mario Pieroni (gallery owner) and Giovanni Floridi (notary public) will explore the themes of copyright, authenticity and different interpretations for works of art and the world of digital creativity. During the second meeting, Francesco Paolo Micozzi (lawyer) will offer an insight into current regulations and future perspectives for adequate protection of intellectual property in the field of artificial creativity, examining both opportunities and emerging legal challenges.


7 and 14 March 2024

3D digital investigation for canvases and painted panels

An online course in which two works are presented: the digitisation of the Palazzo Cini Gallery (47 paintings), carried out last winter by ARCHiVe, and the digitisation of a canvas by Jacopo Tintoretto belonging to the collections of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice (The Creation of the Animals, 1550–1553). An in-depth study is proposed on the digital acquisition of the works and the opportunities for investigation made possible only through the three-dimensional digital recording of the painting surface and the support itself.

Speakers include Luca Massimo Barbero (Institute of Art History – Fondazione Giorgio Cini) to introduce the Palazzo Cini Gallery collection and the digitization project, Carlos Bayod Lucini (Factum Foundation) on the methodologies used for the digital acquisition of works, Sanne Frequin (Utrecht University) on the importance that digital technologies and facsimiles can have for the conservation of works, Helena Loermans (Lab O) on the research and re-creation of historical textile patterns, and Cleo Nisse (University of Groningen) on the new opportunities offered by digitisation for the study of painting supports.


4 April 2024

Computational Museology: Cultural Heritage and the Digital Museum

Online lecture by Sarah Kenderdine, appointed professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she has built the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), whose research reaches beyond object-oriented curation to blend experimental curatorship with contemporary aesthetics, digital humanism and emerging technologies. The lecture will offer an overview of Computational Museology and the EPFL Pavilions exhibitions, focusing in particular on Deep Fakes: Arts and Its Double. The lecture will be held on Zoom from 3pm to 5pm CET and in English.

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11 April 2024

Fashion and textiles from digitisation to artificial intelligence

The online lecture, curated by Elisabetta Cianfanelli, Paolo Franzo, Leonardo Giliberti, and Margherita Tufarelli (University of Florence), investigates the digital transition taking place in the fashion system and the implications of the diffusion of artificial intelligence in creative and production processes. Through the presentation of a series of research projects and case studies, the ‘phygital’ landscape that has been characterising the textile and clothing industry in recent years will be analysed. It will explore how, in this evolution, archives are being transformed into multi-sensory and multi-vocal datasets that can be drawn on through algorithms to create new content, thanks to a redefinition of professional skills and design methodologies. The lecture will be held from 3pm to 5pm CET on Zoom and in Italian.

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8 May 2024

New archives visible and invisible: the archive as a place for digitising memory

Online talk by Clara Tosi Pamphili, Olivier Saillard (director of Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, former director of the Galliera Museum – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) and Gaël Mamine (designer, Fondation Azzedine Alaïa). The digital archiving of costumes for the performing arts constitutes a point of contact between artistic production and craftsmanship: costume, unlike fashion, concerns transversal fields of definition where information for traditional filing is added to that evoked by the protagonists (such as tailors and costume designers) and those useful for in-depth study of the history of theatre, cinema and fashion. 


12 September 2024 

The new Digital Library of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Online talk to present one of the recent achievements of the ARCHiVe Centre: the creation of a new Digital Library to promote the book collections (and more) of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The rich and heterogeneous assets are linked to national and international catalogues, now even more easily accessible to a wide audience, thanks to the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) protocol and an API (Application Programming Interface) system that facilitates the sharing of documents and information with other digital libraries with similar characteristics. 


Archivio AOA 2023


1 March 2023

La conservazione della memoria di impresa: il nuovo orizzonte degli archivi digitali

Seminar curated by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Heritage Lab Italgas


26 e 27 April 2023

Workshop La terza cosa. Sulla fotografia digitale

Curated by Ljubodrag Andric


24 May and 7 June 2023

AOA Course | ARCHiOx. Exploring the potential of photometric stereo 3D capture through recordings made at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Session 1 and Session 2

Curated by John Barrett