Service Robots for Restoration of Goods of Cultural Heritage

Service Robots for Restoration of Goods of Cultural Heritage

Marco Ceccarelli (University of Cassino, Italy) and Michela Cigola (University of Cassino, Italy)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0291-5.ch012
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The preservation and benefit of goods of Cultural Heritage need careful surveying and restoration that can be understood as service tasks for suitable robotic systems. New service robots can be conceived once the specificity of the application in the Cultural Heritage area for architectural goods is carefully considered, both with technical aspects and from operators’ viewpoints. In particular, in this chapter no technical aspects are discussed as fundamental for the acceptance and use by operators in the new field of service robot application for survey and restoration of architectonic goods of Cultural Heritage value. Examples are illustrated from authors’ experience with the aim to stress the problems and challenges in applications for service robotic systems in Cultural Heritage frames.
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Goods Of Cultural Heritage

Heritage is our legacy from the past as appreciated today for cultural background and cultural evolution that is valuable to pass on to future generations. Cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites around the world with outstanding value for humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (UNESCO 2011) that was adopted by UNESCO in 1972. UNESCO's World Heritage mission is:

  • To encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage;

  • To encourage States Parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List;

  • To encourage States Parties to establish management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of their World Heritage sites;

  • To help States Parties safeguard World Heritage properties by providing technical assistance and professional training;

  • To provide emergency assistance for World Heritage sites in immediate danger;

  • To support States Parties' public awareness-building activities for World Heritage conservation;

  • To encourage participation of the local population in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage;

  • To encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world's cultural and natural heritage.

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