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Smart Specialization and the Heritage City topic in Brussels

Vilnius ROCK project and Vilnius 2IN workgroup members Eglė Radvilė and Ramojus Reimeris have participated in the workshop “Smart Specialization and the Heritage City” which took place in Brussels. They have presented Vilnius city municipality innovation strategy and usage of sensor system created during ROCK project and data collected.

Vilnius representatives were curious how cultural heritage and innovations was integrated in other cities.

The main topic of “Smart Specialization and the Heritage City” workshop was link of cultural heritage (CH) to broad domains such as culture, CCI, tourism. Planners of innovative cities realize that heritage is not just an asset within tourism, but also important playground for digitization.

Two cases were presented at a workshop in Brussels – Bilbao as good example for setting S3 driven agenda and Emilia-Romagna as example of CCI coded into S3. Set of particular projects were covered as well – video game with content from the museum, greener squares, social innovation and city lighting. Workshop identified bridges to other domains: visual and digital arts, architecture and IT.

Participants of the workshop identified CH and Smart Specialization barriers: low awareness of technology trends by CH managers, governing silos preventing an integrated approach to CH, also limited funding capacity for heritage valorization.

The neuroanalysis system created in the course of the ROCK project (Optimizing the Use of Cultural Heritage in Creative Cities of Knowledge) implemented under the HORIZON 2020 programme was perceived having the potential of becoming one of the most innovative tools for planning and assessing public spaces of the city in the future. Vilnius is currently testing the system and believes it may be used in many areas, such as quality assessments and measurements of public service providers. Vilnius happiness index was also presented in Brussels.