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Politecnico di Torino Compagnia di San Paolo

JRC INSPIRE, Danube Strategy - “Thematic Data Harmonization Pilot: Cultural Heritage use case”


Recipients JRC Ispra

Project Duration 7 months (from November 2015)

Project description

The project involves the development of an international database based on the INSPIRE legislation aimed at supporting European strategies for the regions of the Danube basin (Danube Strategy) with particular reference to the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage.

The European Directive INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) provides guidelines to regulate territorial databases format, with the aim of define mandatory standards for all the countries in the European Commission.

The database will be built starting from the data contained in the DRDSI platform and coming from a number of other officials sources available in the Danube Region, and will allow to provide statistics on the exposure of cultural heritage (museums, monuments, etc.) to the risk of floods, fires  and earthquakes.


The objective is to work on and explain the whole process of creating new data for the region, including identifying existing sources, processing data to a common model, production of a macro-regional dataset and analysis using GIS to create new indicators for the region. In particular, the project aims at:

  • Identify the availability of existing data on the platform DRDSI
  • Identify and analyze data related to natural hazards and cultural heritage in the Danube Region
  • Design of the "data model" inherent cultural heritage and natural hazards
  • Creating a pilot database for the Danube Region
  • Analysis of cultural exposure to natural hazards
  • Perform Statistical analysis of the data collected


The input data will be mainly collected from open source portals (such as OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, etc.) and database from international organizations (such as UNESCO).

The datasets will be designed based on the data models of the INSPIRE Directive, using the “Interactive Data Specification” tool provided by the JRC to help identify and structure models inherent natural hazards and cultural heritage in the Danube Region.


  • Risk analysis (related in particular to natural hazards)
  • Knowledge of the INSPIRE Directive
  • Cultural Heritage Security & Safety
  • Databases Development
  • Territorial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Innovative content

The database will allow the Danube region’s stakeholders (policy makers, research organisations, non-governmental organisations, etc.) to access high quality data and information through common entry-points and collaborate to ensure new data investments are better aligned.

The context of the Danube Strategy also opens up significant prospects for follow-up, in particular by building international networks with authorities and strategic partnerships to participate to calls and to the activities undertaken for the Danube Region.

Expected results and achievements

  • a pilot database for the Danube Region, following the criteria of the INSPIRE Directive with reference to the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage from natural hazards (floods, fires and earthquakes).
  • an official scientific publication by the European Commission participated by SITI.
  • a "user story" document  reported on European Commission website