The project to establish the ARIADNE Research Infrastructure began on 1st February 2013 with the kick-off meeting being held in Rome.
The ARIADNE project kick-off was held in February 7th 2013 in the conference room of the National Central Library (Biblioteca Nazionale) of Rome with the presence of Italian authorities, many distinguished guests and the project partners.
The opening ceremony was chaired by the Project Coordinator Franco Niccolucci, who introduced the project’s goals, with the intervention of Antonia Pasqua Recchia, General Secretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (Ministry of Culture); Luigi Malnati, General Director of Antiquities; Rossella Caffo, Director of ICCU; Maria Rosaria Barbera, Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of Rome; Maria Theofilatou, Project Officer; Julian Richards of Archaeological Data Service, Deputy Project Coordinator; Peter Biehl, a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Archaeologists; Tobias Blanke, a member of the Board of Directors of Dariah; Conny Kristel, Director of Eheri, and Jennifer Edmond, Coordinator of Cendari.
The general atmosphere was of great enthusiasm and it was marked by the words of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture who said: "The value of knowledge as a tool for the protection of cultual heritage is a concept that has now acquired, and this value is even higher in the field of archaeological heritage, that still consists of detached pieces of knowledge that must be aggregated. The sharing of data means a heritage of open data of the highest value to grow the research and allow the creation of new applications."
The event was then followed by two days of work in which the various partners have come together to put in place the beginning of the project and to plan future activities.
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