The RICHES Taxonomy (taken from the ancient Greek τάξις “order” and νóμος “rule, norm”) is a theoretical framework of interrelated terms and definitions, referring to the new emerging meanings of the digital era (such as “preservation”, “digital library”, “virtual performance” and “co-creation), aimed at outlining the conceptual field of digital technologies applied to cultural heritage. Such Taxonomy constitutes the foundation of the project’s research work, by providing a common background and map that will guide the RICHES studies and underpin the development of further research activity.

Through its list of definitions and explanations – and in accordance with the Greek etymology of the word – the RICHES Taxonomy classifies and orders a wide range of concepts in categories of terms.

The RICHES Taxonomy is now an online resource, an open critical space (experimental in its navigation and interface) allowing the user to explore content and make suggestions of new terms or commendations on specific definitions, bringing new dimensions and points of view into the existing ones.

The tool, comprising around a hundred alphabetically ordered terms, has been developed through the shared work of the project consortium, the contribution of people participating in the first RICHES workshop (13th of May 2014) and the revision of an editorial team constituted by several consortium members.

The taxonomy was launched online in November 2014 and it will be constantly updated and improved, throughout the project’s lifetime, with the help of the RICHES Network of Common Interest and visitors to the RICHES website. Any interested user can contribute by suggesting a new term or a revision of an exsisting definition.

Go to the RICHES Taxonomy and search the alphabetically ordered terms by selecting the letters from the menu!

Download here the RICHES Taxonomy flyer.



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