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In this section you can find material published or produced by Memex : Policy Briefs, Scientific resources, Press corner and Presentations.
In the last section, you can also read about related European initiatives.

Scientific publications

Machine Learning for Cultural Heritage: A Survey

The application of Machine Learning (ML) to Cultural Heritage (CH) has evolved since basic statistical ap- proaches such as Linear Regression to complex Deep Learning models. The question remains how much of this actively improves on the underlying algorithm versus using it within a ‘black box’ setting. We sur- vey across ML and CH literature to identify the theoretical changes which contribute to the algorithm and in turn them suitable for CH applications. Alternatively, and most commonly, when there are no changes, we review the CH applications, features and pre/post-processing which make the algorithm suitable for its use. We analyse the dominant divides within ML, Supervised, Semi-supervised and Unsupervised, and reflect on a variety of algorithms that have been extensively used. From such an analysis, we give a crit- ical look at the use of ML in CH and consider why CH has only limited adoption of ML.

Linked projects

Brokering Migrants Cultural Participation - MCP Broker

Brokering Migrants' Cultural Participation (MCP Broker) was a European project that emerged from the need to provide public cultural institutions with mechanisms and tools to improve their management of cultural diversity. Thereby the project seeked to study the situation of diversity in cultural institutions in 5 European countries, and the adoption of a framework to guide cultural institutions in the management of cultural diversity.

Participating cultural institutions were evaluated on their integration in society, specifically as regards issues related to migration. MCP Broker is a project which studied the role of cultural institutions as actors in societies that integrate migrants. It questions how these adapt to the new demographic composition of our society; it also analyzed how institutions react to the new cultural and social flows and foresees (or not) integration mechanisms. The MCP Broker project was funded by the European Commission-Directorate General Home Affairs, and coordinated by Interarts with the participation of four partners from different EU countries: Austria (Educult), Belgium (Culture Action Europe), Italy (Eccom) and Sweden (Intercult).

DECIDES Europe - Preventing Gender-Based Violence, the Youth's Outlook

DECIDES Europe is a project that aims at contributing to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) in three European countries, Denmark, Romania and Spain. Started in September 2018, it seeks to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) by improving the awareness of young people about all forms of GBV, its causes, consequences and providing tools to prevent, recognize and counter it in Denmark, Romania and Spain. The beneficiaries of the project are young students, aged 15 to 18, school staff, such as teachers, counsellors and school managers, parents, and vulnerable groups such as young people and young migrants. The project also aims to encourage local authorities and schools involved to set up a common framework or protocol of action to address GBV in the educational system.

CulturalBase: Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage

CulturalBase. Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies) aimed to address the topic of Heritage and European Identities from a double standpoint, namely, an analytical as well as a public policy perspective. Since the second half of the last century, culture has experienced a profound mutation, through which its position and role in the social dynamics have been transformed. Whereas it was previously confined to a purely superstructural position, it now constitutes an essential basis of today society.

In the context of cultural digitization and globalization the entire cultural ecosystem has changed, which has radically altered and at the same time, intensified the relationship between cultural identity, cultural heritage and cultural expression. This transformation has occurred both at the level of the professional cultural sector as well as in society as a whole. The project developed a common approach on key issues related to cultural heritage and European identities through academic research and a shared process of structured content production in three main areas: cultural memory, cultural inclusion, cultural creativity.

The public value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development in Africa - Culture at Work Africa

Culture at Work Africa takes up the challenge raised by the African Union and its vision for 2063 for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena. To achieve the aforementioned, Culture at Work Africa carries out a wide range of activities including the support to innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue, active citizenship and intercommunity relations, training and capacity-building of cultural operators, public authorities and cultural mediators, networking and exchanges between different stakeholders, as well as awareness raising on the importance of culture and cultural diversity for sustainable human development.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870743.