Dr Perla Innocenti
- Honorary Research Fellow (History of Art)
My main research interest is in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage Informatics, across the museum, library and archive sectors.
In particular I have a passion for research in the areas of preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and the application of information technology to museums, libraries and archives. Most recently I have been developing research on European cultural networks, cultural dialogue and the application of information technology in these areas. I also have a nascent interest in the history of food traditions as intangible heritage and their online representation.
I am a digital cultural heritage scholar with a passion for curating, making accessible and sustainably reusing tangible and intangible heritage in Europe and beyond. In 2014 I became Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, and in 2015 I took the post of Senior Lecturer in Information Science at the iSchool of Northumbria University, part of the iSchools organization worldwide dedicated to advancing the information field. My research and several publications cross interdisciplinary boundaries between cultural heritage, museum studies, cultural informatics, library and information science. Her recently published volume with Ashgate is Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage: Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe .
As Research Fellow in History of Art, University of Glasgow, I conducted interdisciplinary research as Principal Investigator of the EU FP7-SSH collaborative research project MeLA-Museums in an Age of Migrations and contributed as invited expert to the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH), funded by the European Science Foundation. Prior to this, within History of Art I was Co-Investigator of the EU CIP-ICT collaborative PSP project ECLAP-European Collected Library of Artistis Performances. Within HATII, University of Glasgow I was Co-Investigator and team-leader of the EU FP7-ICT collaborative R&D projects SHAMAN (Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving) and DL.org (Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices, and Modelling Foundations). I also contributed to three EU FP6-ICT projects on digital preservation, developing repository design and audit research of the DRAMBORA Interactive Toolkit) (DPE-DigitalPreservationEurope in collaboration with UK Digital Curation Center), usage models research in digital preservation (Planets- Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) and certification and trusted repositories (CASPAR- Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval).
I have come to Glasgow from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy where I spent five years, three of which with a research scholarship on information systems for industrial design and two years coordinating digital libraries activities and projects. Prior to that, I conducted research for four years on museology and museography in Italy with the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa; Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico; Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Rome; Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. I also collaborated with the Italian publishing house Electa-Mondadori for management and publications of exhibitions at the Coliseum and Capitoline Museums. My 4-years degree cum laude in Humanities - History of Modern Art is from University of Rome La Sapienza, and my Master in Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage is from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. At the University of Glasgow I have been awarded the degree of PhD with a thesis entitled From cultural heritage to cultural heritage informatics: critically investigating institutions, processes and artefacts. Recently I became a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner.
The results of my scholarship on Digital Cultural Heritage, Digital Preservation and Curation, Digital Libraries Design and Services, Risk Assessment for Digital Repositories, Digital Imaging, History of Museums and Display Strategies have been presented and published in international conferences, journals and books.
MeLA - European Museums in an Age of Migration: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, SSH-2010-5.2-2, 2011-2015, Grant Agreement No. 266757, Total Project Value: EUR 2,699,880, Institutional project value EUR 306,750. Dr Innocenti is Principal Investigator, leader of the Workpackage on Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions; Dr Richards (co-PI), Dr Wieber (co-PI in 2011-2012 ). Project goal: to lead research and support European museums in defining new innovative practices, spaces and policies that reflect the challenges of the contemporary processes of globalisation, mobility and migration.
ECLAP - European Collected Library of Artistic Performance: EU co-funded project Collaborative Project, CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.2.2, 2010-2013, Grant Agreement No. 250481, Total Project Value: EUR 3,400,000; Institutional project value EUR 83,488. Dr Innocenti was key Co-Principal Investigator; Dr Richards (PI). Project goal: to create an integrated multilingual e-Library for Performing Arts to be included in portal of Europeana, and set up a network of European stakeholders for Performing Arts digital collections.
SHAMAN - Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.1, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. ICT-216736, Total Project Value: EUR 12,717,310; Institutional project value EUR 406.000. Dr Innocenti was key Co-Principal Investigator and leader of the Workpackages on Requirements Analysis and Identification of User Scenarios, and Training; Prof. Ross (PI); Dr Richards (co-PI). Project goal: to design and implement methodologies, policies and experimental applications to support communities of practice in the creation, interpretation and use of cultural and scientific large scale digital collections, including multi-format and multi-source digital objects. Three prototypes for memory institutions, industrial design and engineering segments, and science were developed within robust and scalable data grids environments, which included semantic-based search capabilities and essential digital preservation features.
DL.org - Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices, and Modelling Foundations: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.3, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. 231551, Total Project Value: EUR 1,200,000; Institutional project value EUR 187,250. Dr Innocenti was Co-Principal Investigator and leader of the Policy Working Group; Prof. Ross (PI); Dr Vullo (Co-PI) and Dr Anderson (Co-PI). Project goal: to mobilise international Digital Library (DL) designers, developers, end-users and researchers from diverse domains in the drive towards interoperability, best practices and modelling foundations for developing and managing DL systems. Outputs included an enhanced, community-driven DL Reference Model and a Technology & Methodology Cookbook with a portfolio of best practices and solutions on common issues for the development of medium and large-scale interoperable DL systems.
Applicability of DRAMBORA in libraries, archives and repositories in Japan: project co-funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, 2008-2009, Dr Innocenti Principal Investigator, Total Project Value: GBP 1500. Project goal: to introduce and investigate the applicability of the Digital Repository Audit Method Base on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit in libraries archives and data centres/repositories in Japan, to ensure that the toolkit responded to the cultural environment in which it could be used and transform it into a localized version. Outputs included the risk assessment analysis of the digital collections at the National Diet Library at Kyoto, and the translation of the DRAMBORA into Japanese.
Lead of international teams in EU-funded FP7 R&D and Coordination Action projects
- Leader of Workpackage 3 Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Insitutions in MeLA - European Museums in an Age of Migration: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, SSH-2010-5.2-2, 2011-2014, Grant Agreement No. 266757. The WP3 team is composed by members of the following project partners: CIID - Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Department of Curating Contemporary Art - The Royal College of Art, Dip. Progettazione dell'Architettura and Dip. Industrial Design, Arte, Comunicazione e Moda - Politecnico di Milano, Dip. Studi Americani, Culturali e Linguistici - L'Orientale University of Naples, History of Art - University of Glasgow, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Department "Homme, nature, société" - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle/Musée de l'Homme, The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies - Newcastle University.
- Leader of Workpackage 1 User Requirement Analysis and of Workpackage 15 Training in SHAMAN - Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.1, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. ICT-216736. WP1 and WP15 teams are composed by members of the following project partners: Department of Computer and Information Sciences at University of Strathclyde, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, FernUniversität in Hagen, Global Information Technology GmbH, HATII at the University of Glasgow, InConTec GmbH, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa, INMARK Estudios y Estrategias SA, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Philips Innovation Lab, The Swedish School of Library and Information Science at Göteborg University and University College of Boras Sweden - Goettingen State and University Library, University of Liverpoool, Xerox.
- Leader of the Policy Working Group in DL.org - Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices, and Modelling Foundations: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.3, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. 231551.The Policy Working Group team is composed by experts affiliated to the following institutions: Data Processing Centre - Alfred Wegener Institute, Digital Curation Centre, Faculty of Information - University of Toronto, HATII at the University of Glasgow, MIT Libraries, National Library of New Zealand, University Centre for Libraries of the Library System at University of Padua, U.S. Geological Survey Centre.
Line management of University of Glasgow staff members within EU-funded research projects
- Andrew Greg in MeLA - European Museums in an Age of Migration: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, SSH-2010-5.2-2, 2011-2014, Grant Agreement No. 266757.
- Dr Leo Konstantelos in SHAMAN - Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.1, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. ICT-216736.
- Dr Giuseppina Vullo in DL.org - Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practice, and Modelling Foundations: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.3, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. 231551.
From 2015 at Northumbria University I am currently teaching and supervising dissertations in the MSc Information Library Management and MSc Project Management.
At History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, in 2011 and 2012 I taught postgraduate day seminars on 'Collecting, Preserving and Documenting Digital Art' within the MLitt History of Collecting and Collections. In 2013-2014 there was a planned contribution to the strand 'History of collecting and collections' within the Msc in Museum Studies.
I have experience in Postgraduate Academic Course Teaching on industrial design and research methodology at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2002-2006) and in teaching in Continuing Professional Development Programmes & Short Courses in Europe and UK (2004-2011) on information library systems and digital preservation.
Conference papers and lectures
As invited speaker
Perla Innocenti, Migrating Heritage and Digital Storytelling, ‘Narrations and communities: building communities for making citizenship’, workshop organized by EU INSITE (Innovation, Sustainability, Technology) Project, 12 April 2014, Modena, Italy
Perla Innocenti, Leveraging the power of cultural heritage informatics: reflective societies in a changing world, organised by the GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science) and CHAMP (Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy), 24 February 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Perla Innocenti, Metadati per la conservazione del patrimonio digitale, ‘Il patrimonio culturale digitale: creazione e conservazione’, organised by Italian Library Association (AIB), the Italian National Archival Association (ANAI) and the Italian Chapter of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-Italia), 13 December 2012, University of Venice, Italy
Perla Innocenti, Keeping the bits alive: authenticity and longevity for digital art, Symposium Digital Art Conservation. Practical Approaches, EU-funded Digital Art Conservation project, ESADS, 24 November 2011, Strasbourg, France
Perla Innocenti, Bridging the gap: interdisciplinary reflections and potential collaborations for preserving computer-based artworks, 2nd Symposium on the Preservation of Complex Objects: Software Art, JISC-funded POCOS Project, The Lighthouse, 12 October 2011, Glasgow
Perla Innocenti, Preserving digital art - Art Theory, Methods and Experimental Applications, DPC Preserving Digital Art: Directions and Perspectives Workshop, 30th March 2011, Innovation Centre, Central St Martin’s, College, Holborn, London
Perla Innocenti, Andrew Mchugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Auditing Digital Archival Repositories: Risks Assessment with DRAMBORA, (keynote speaker) at Adopting & Adapting, 25th International Convention Records Management Association of Australasia (RMAA), 7th - 10th September 2008, Sydney, Australia
Perla Innocenti, Progetti europei per la preservazione del digitale: DPE e PLANETS, in BESS -Biblioteca digitale sulle trasformazioni sociali ed economiche del Piemonte e di Torino, Turin, Italy, 8 October 2007
Refereed conference papers and posters
Perla Innocenti, Migrating Heritage, Digital Cultural Networks and Social Inclusion in Europe. In: Digital Heritage 2013 International Congress, 28 October - 1 November 2013, Marseille, France
Perla Innocenti, Rethinking authenticity in digital art preservation. In: iPRES 2012 – 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, 1-5 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-0-9917997-0-1
Perla Innocenti, John Richards, Preservation through access: the AHDS performing arts collections in ECLAP and Europeana. In: iPRES 2012 – 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, 1-5 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-0-9917997-0-1
Perla Innocenti, John Richards and Sabine Wieber, Bridging multicultural communities: developing a framework for a European network of museums, libraries and public cultural institutions. In: Digital Humanities 2012, 16-22 Jul 2012, Hamburg, Germany, ISBN 978-3-937816-99-9
Perla Innocenti, Theories, Methods and Testbeds for Curation and Preservation of Digital Art, in IS&T Archiving 2010 Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations Conference Proceedings, 1-4 June 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands, Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2010, pp. , ISBN 978-0-89208-290-2
Giuseppina Vullo , Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Interoperability for digital repositories: towards a policy and quality framework, in Open Repositories Conference 2010 (OR2010), Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, 6-9 July 2010, Madrid (Spain), 6 July 2010
Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Leo Konstantelos, Elena Maceciuvite, Tom Wilson, Jens Ludwig, Wolfgang Pempe, Assessing Digital Preservation Infrastructures: Implementing a Framework for Library, Engineering and eScience Organisations , in IS&T Archiving 2010 Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations Conference Proceedings, 1-4 June 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands, Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2010, pp. 18-23, ISBN 978-0-89208-290-2
Brian Aitken, Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Leo Konstantelos, User requirements for a next generation digital preservation framework: analysis and implementation, in IS&T Archiving 2010 Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations Conference Proceedings, 1-4 June 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands, Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2010, pp. 48-52, ISBN 978-0-89208-290-2
Giuseppina Vullo, Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Towards Policy and Quality Interoperability: Challenges and Approaches for Digital Libraries, in IS&T Archiving 2010 Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations Conference Proceedings, 1-4 June 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands, Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2010, pp. 33-38, ISBN 978-0-89208-290-2
Katerina El Raheb, George Athanasopoulos, Leonardo Candela, Donatella Castelli, Perla Innocenti, Yannis Ioannidis, Akrivi Katifori, Anna Nika, Stephanie Parker, Seamus Ross, Costantino Thanos, Eleni Toli, Giuseppina Vullo, Paving the way for Interoperability in Digital Libraries: The DL.org project, in Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Libraries Conference (QQML 2010) Proceedings, 25-28 May 2010, Chania, Crete (Greece), May 25th 2010
Perla Innocenti, Giuseppina Vullo, Seamus Ross, Policy and Quality Interoperability: an organisational approach for digital archives and digital libraries, in 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving (ECA 2010), 28-30 April 2010, Geneva, Switzerland, International Council of Archives
Perla Innocenti, Evolution and preservation of digital art: case studies from ZKM and AEC, in Association of Art Historians (AAH) Conference 2010, 16 April 2010, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Elena Maceviciute, Tom Wilson, Jens Ludwig, Wolfang Pempe, Assessing Digital Preservation Frameworks: the approach of the SHAMAN project, International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'09), Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, France 2009, ISBN:978-1-60558-829-2
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Assessing Long Term Preservation of Audiovisual Content with DRAMBORA, in Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Automated Solutions for Cross Media Content and Multi-channel Distribution, edited by P. Nesi, K. Ng, J. Delgado, 17-19 November 2008, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy, pp. 60-68, ISBN 978-88-8453-810-9
Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Perla Innocenti, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Bringing Self Assessment Home: Repository Profiling and Key Lines of Enquiry Within DRAMBORA, in IS&T Archiving 2008 Conference Proceedings, Bern, Switzerland June 2008 , Volume 5, pp. 13-19, ISBN 978-0-892080277-3
Perla Innocenti, Andrew Mchugh, Seamus Ross, Tackling the risk challenge: DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment), in E-Challenge 2008 Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, published in Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IOS Press, 2008 Amsterdam, ISBN 978-1-58603-924-0
Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Andrew McHugh, Assessing the risks to digital cultural heritage with DRAMBORA, CIDOC 2008, Athens, Greece
Perla Innocenti, Andrew Mchugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Keeping it on the radar: risk assessment for digital archival repositories with DRAMBORA, in International Conference of Archives (ICA) 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Risk management for digital libraries: the DRAMBORA audit toolkit within DELOS Digital Preservation Cluster, poster at the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge, 11-13 December 2007, Washington DC, US
Andrew McHugh, Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, DRAMBORA. Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment, poster at the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge, 11-13 December 2007, Washington DC, USA.
Kellie Snow, Bart Ballaux, Birte Christensen-Daalgard, Hans Hofman, Jens Hofman Hansen, Perla Innocenti, Michael Poltorak Nielsen, Seamus Ross, Jorn Thogersen, The user perspective for usage and communication in digital information: qualitative research in the Planets project, poster at the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge, 11-13 December 2007, Washington DC, USA.
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Preserving digital libraries is a risky business: using DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment) toolkit within DELOS Digital Preservation Cluster, Second DELOS Conference on Digital Libraries, 5-7 December 2007 Tirrenia
Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Risk-Benefit Analysis of Appraisal with Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA), in DELOS Conference Appraisal in the Digital World, Rome, Italy, 15 -16 November 2007
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) Audit Toolkit: DRAMBORA, in International Conference on the Digital Preservation (iPRES), Beijing,China, 11 October 2007
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Risk Management Foundations for DLs: DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment), in DELOS 2nd Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries, within ECDL conference, Budapest, Hungary, 20 September 2007
Seamus Ross, Andrew McHugh, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Perla Innocenti, Building Trust in Digital Repositories Using DRAMBORA, JISC Conference, Manchester, UK, 5-6 June 2007
Perla Innocenti, Sistematizzare la documentazione di progetto. Una metodologia per un Quality-controlled Subject Gateway per il design, in Un accesso migliore è possibile...verso l’integrazione delle risorse informative per l’architettura e l’urbanistica. Atti delle VIII Giornate di Studio del CNBA, Venezia, 28-31 maggio 2003, a cura di Laura Casagrande, Pierre Piccotti e Serena Sangiorgi, Casalini, Venezia 2005, pp. 41-58 ISSN 1723-140X
Paola Bertola, Luisa Collina, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Perla Innocenti, Design networks and knowledge management for supporting small and medium enterprises. Cases from Italy, in Techné: design wisdom, in Proceedings of the 5th European Academy of Design Conference, Barcelona, 28-30 April 2003
Paolo Ciuccarelli, Perla Innocenti, Federico Vidari, Setting the stage for the POLI.teca, a design knowledge center at Politecnico di Milano: case study of a pilot project, in Designing Designers 2003. Fourth International Convention of University Courses in Design
Papers and presentations delivered at various other events
Perla Innocenti, Introduction, in Introduction to new approaches in digital preservation, SHAMAN and nestor event, 1st February 2011, German National Library in Frankfurt, Germany
Kevin Ashley, Perla Innocenti, The Policy Domain, in DL.org Project Autumn School, Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories: Modelling, Best Practices & Interoperability, 6th October 2010, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Policy Interoperability, in 1st DL.org Workshop, 13th European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL 2009), 27 September - 2 October 2009, Corfu (Greece), 1 October 2009
Perla Innocenti, Andrew McHugh, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Long term preservation of Japanese digital repositories with DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment), Digital Repository Foundation Workshop, National Library Fair, Yohokama, Japan, December 2008
Perla Innocenti, Upgrading library services at Politecnico di Milano. Technologies and digital libraries tool for innovation, in Online Information 2006 Conference Proceedings, London 28-30 November 2006, Learned Information Europe, pp. 11-14 ISBN 1-900-239-68-X
Perla Innocenti, POLI.ADA – Archivi Digitali del Politecnico di Milano, poster session in International Conference. Museums, libraries and archives online: MICHAEL service and other international initiatives, 4-5 December 2006 Roma.
Perla Innocenti, La digitalizzazione dei giacimenti documentali di architettura: un metodo applicato al progetto Palladio digitale, in Metodologie di riordino per gli archivi di architettura. Nuova proposte, Atti del seminario CASVA, Milano 7 ottobre 2004, Quaderni del CASVA 3 , Milano 2005, pp. 57-68.
Michele Rubini, Perla Innocenti, Risorse eterogenee distribuite per la didattica e la ricerca: quali livelli di integrazione?, in Seminario CNBA “L’integrazione delle risorse eterogenee distribuite: problemi, strumenti e prospettive”, Roma 27 ottobre 2004