Digitisation and valorisation of Venetian Music Archives

© Fondazione Giorgio Cini
© Fondazione Giorgio Cini
© Fondazione Giorgio Cini
© Fondazione Giorgio Cini
© Fondazione Giorgio Cini
© Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi

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22 November 2023
Onsite at ARCHiVe / Online on Zoom
2pm — 6pm (CET)


A study seminar on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, in collaboration with the Institute for Music and the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

The meeting was created to take stock of the state of the art of projects for the description, digitisation and valorisation of the main sound and music archives belonging to various city institutes actively engaged in this regard. The aim is to share methods and technologies, good practices and virtuous choices adopted by the various institutions called upon to participate, highlighting the peculiarities of each archive and emphasising the links that unite them.


New IISMC proposals for audiovisual archives in ethnomusicology

  • Giovanni Giuriati | Fondazione Giorgio Cini
  • Marco Lutzu | Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • Simone Tarsitani | Durham University
  • Costantino Vecchi | Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The IISMC (Istituto Interculturale di Studi Musicali Comparati) archive of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini holds documentation on the Institute’s activities since 1969. In addition to working on the preservation and enhancement of the archival materials (paper, audio, photographic and video), since 2004 the Institute has been systematically documenting its initiatives in audiovisual form.

The talk intends to present recent work carried out using digital technologies for the IISMC archive with particular reference to audiovisual documentation (S. Tarsitani), cataloguing and restitution (C. Vecchi) and the creation of audiovisual materials for educational and dissemination purposes (M. Lutzu).

LeviDigiLab: the digitisation project of the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi

  • Giulia Clera | Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi

With the LeviDigiLab project, the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi in 2023 started a digitisation process for the preservation and online consultation of the documentary heritage of the Gianni Milner Library.

The project aims to bring the culture of digitisation into the Fondazione Levi, making the structure and the staff involved capable of dealing with the digital transformation of the holdings for conservation and enhancement and to increase the public’s accessibility through a dedicated platform searchable by the user through a dedicated front-end (Opac).
The foundation has equipped itself with an in-house laboratory that is currently being implemented thanks also to the numerous grants obtained.

Design and development of the digital archive of the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono: an interweaving of knowledge between musicology, archivistics and computer science

  • Alessandro Russo | Centro di Sonologia Computazionale (CSC) Università di Padova
  • Michele Patella | Centro di Sonologia Computazionale (CSC) Università di Padova

The Luigi Nono Archive was founded in 1993 on the initiative of Nuria Schoenberg Nono with the aim of collecting, preserving and promoting the composer’s precious legacy. Since 2015 the project of the creation of the Luigi Nono Digital Collection has been launched in collaboration with Paul Sacher Stiftung and funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Between 2015 and 2017, a preservation and valorisation project took place, promoted and coordinated by the Soprintendenza archivistica e bibliografica del Veneto e del Trentino Alto Adige, which also involved the magnetic tapes of the Luigi Nono funds. The intervention was entrusted to the Centre for Computational Sonology of the University of Padua. In 2019, the online migration of the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono’s database began with the intervention of the company Audio Innova, a spin-off of the University of Padua.

ARMID@Venice: Music and Digital Humanism in Venice. The musical sources of the "Benedetto Marcello" Conservatory

  • Paolo Da Col | Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia
  • Alice Martignon | Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
  • Giulio Pojana | Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

On 1 October 2021, thanks to a new scientific collaboration between the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory of Music in Venice and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, it was possible to launch ARMID@Venezia (ARchivio Musicale e Iconografico Digitale A Venezia), a research project dedicated to the digitisation, virtual restoration and non-invasive diagnostic study of ancient musical sources (manuscripts and printed books) kept at the lagoon music institute. After a brief excursus on the main digitisation, cataloguing, conservation and valorisation projects currently active at the Conservatory’s “Mario Messinis” Library (Prof. P. Da Col), the technologies adopted and the results achieved within ARMID@Venezia will be described (Dr. A. Martignon, Prof. G. Pojana).

The Archives of the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini

  • Francisco Rocca | Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute for Music works for the acquisition, preservation, protection, and valorisation of 20th and early 21st centuries archives, with a focus on those produced by prominent personalities from the worlds of music, dance and audiovisual, which can be consulted through digital archives.

The presentation aims to illustrate this archival heritage and the enhancement initiatives implemented in recent years, focusing in particular on digital archives and their huge potential.

Building the Historical Archive of the Future: the case of Heritage Lab

Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas

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13 November 2023
Online on Zoom
3pm — 5pm (CET)


Online class on the challenges of the Corporate Digital Archive, digital formats, integrated processes and the role of  the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The seminary is dedicated to the potential of a digital company archive and the methods of preservation and sharing, in particular of the extensive documentation tracing the history of the Italgas company.

Digital transformation and technological innovation — which are Italgas’ main drives in the energy transition — are at the heart of Heritage Lab. The centre is committed to achieving several objectives, including the systematisation of the historical archive and the management of the current archive, the sharing of digitised documents and their conversion into big data, through a highly automated acquisition cycle thanks to the use of artificial intelligence algorithms for post-production and optical character recognition (OCR).


The Heritage Lab model

  • Katya Corvino

Heritage Lab is Italgas’ digitisation museum-laboratory, developed entirely in-house with specialised machinery, technologies and skills from the field of cultural heritage and applied to the massive digital acquisition of Corporate and Industrial Heritage. Their heritage consists of 3 linear kilometres of documents, and it is digitised by a team of specialists, composed of 4 archivists in charge of identifying and selecting the documents, 2 palaeographers with expertise in ancient texts, 3 librarians cataloguing the material, and 15 operators, who carry out the digitisation and append metadata.

Digitisation stream

  • Matteo Allasia

The digital transformation process can be illustrated with a sequence of nine steps, from the premises of the Italgas Historical Archive, to the cataloguing of documents on the xDams platform, and the selection of the most valuable bulks for digitisation.

At the Heritage Lab laboratory-museum, we select the most appropriate digitisation system based on the document’s format and type.
The scanned images are processed through the Time Machine server, which derives the compressed images from the master copies and applies measurement and OCR scripts. The user copies are then imported into xDams and enriched with a set of metadata, which adds meaningful narratives to the material.

Building the Historical Archive of the Future

  • Daniela Marendino

Building and feeding the Historical Archive, with the creation of a shared procedure for identifying, preserving and substituting paper documents, is essential to the management of the documentation flow of the current archive.

Heritage Lab has established a new procedure for the management of analog documents and is working on the creation of a new classification and record preservation system, and a management manual, together with an internal communication campaign to raise staff awareness.

Managing the digital heritage of business archives

  • Giovanni Michetti

The speech will cover the topic of the digital heritage of business archives, focusing in particular on the following points:

– Not just paper: digital objects as archival documents;

– The business archive as an integrated system;

– Digital formats;

– Management and preservation processes in the digital environment;

– The role of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Matteo Allasia

A Heritage Lab expert, he was a fellow at the ARCHiVe Centre, and was then a Regesta.exe contributor for Heritage Lab Italgas. Graduated in Classical Literature and Communication, with a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University, he is a digital humanist at the service of corporate cultural heritage. He collaborates in the digital transformation process of the Italgas Archive and works on the maintenance and development of digitisation machines and algorithms for automatic post production.

Katya Corvino

Head of Heritage Lab Italgas, she was also responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility at Italgas. Graduated in Political Science with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, for 30 years in the Eni Group, then Snam and finally Italgas, she has gained 20 years’ experience in the field of relations with institutions and the territory. For 7 years she was responsible for Relations with Local Authorities in the Snam group. Over the years she has also dealt with relations with European institutions as Snam’s representative for the European Union in Brussels.

Daniela Marendino

With twenty years of experience as a professional archivist, she has worked in public, private and corporate archives. She is the curator of the collections of the Italgas Historical Archive, where she oversees the preservation of the documentary heritage and the preservation of the company museum collections, the Library and the Emeroteca, as well as the valorisation of the historical heritage of the Italgas Group companies. She monitors and manages the flow of documents in the historical and current archives, preparing preservation lists and procedures for discarding them.

Giovanni Michetti

Associate Professor of Archivistics at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, he has also taught at the University of Urbino and the University of British Columbia. An expert in digital archives, he deals with document management, descriptive models, digital preservation and new technologies applied to archives. He is chairman of the ‘Archives and document management’ sub-committee in UNI (the Italian standards body) and represents Italy in some ISO working groups on archives and document management. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Council on Archives.

From Costume to Fashion Archives

Digitisation of Santuzza Calì's Archive © Joan Porcel Pascual
ROMAISON, exhibition view, Costumi d'arte Peruzzi © ROMAISON
Arlecchino Fashion Costume © Amin Farah
Santuzza Calì, Chi la fa l'aspetti, 1994 © Fondazione Giorgio Cini

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17, 19, 24 October 2023
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


From Costume to Fashion Archives, an online course in partnership with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute of Theatre and Opera and Clara Tosi Pamphili, former director of the Accademia Costume e Moda in Rome as well as the creator and curator of A.I. Artisanal Intelligence.

The course is split in two modules: The archives of costume: digitisation, description and reuse, consists of two lectures by Maria Ida Biggi (director of the Institute of Theatre and Opera) and Amin Farah (digital fashion designer, Theblacklab Digital Studio) and New Archives Visible and Invisible: the Archive as a Place for Digitising Memory, a talk by Clara Tosi Pamphili.


October 17, 2023

The Archives of Costume: Digitisation, Description and Reuse (part I)

  • Maria Ida Biggi

Starting with a reflection on the Foundation’s collections, the lectures present a number of examples of costume archives, with a focus as much on the aspects of archival description and the digitisation of assets as on digital fashion, an executive application that represents the marriage of virtual reality and tailoring.

October 19, 2023

The Archives of Costume: Digitisation, Description and Reuse (part II)

  • Amin Farah

Starting with a reflection on the Foundation’s collections, the lectures present a number of examples of costume archives, with a focus as much on the aspects of archival description and the digitisation of assets as on digital fashion, an executive application that represents the marriage of virtual reality and tailoring.

October 24, 2023

New Archives Visible and Invisible: the Archive as a Place for Digitising Memory

  • Clara Tosi Pamphili

The digital archiving of costumes for the performing arts constitutes a point of contact between artistic production and craftsmanship: costume, unlike fashion, concerns transversal fields of definition where information for traditional filing is added to that evoked by the protagonists (such as tailors and costume designers) and those useful for in-depth study of the history of theatre, cinema and fashion.


Maria Ida Biggi

Associate professor at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and director of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute for Theatre and Opera. She is curator of exhibitions and author of numerous books, essays and articles on the history of theatre and set design, theatre architecture, directing and the history of the actor. Her research deals with the history of stage design and theatre architecture and is a expert of prominent personalities such as Eleonora Duse and the theatre actresses of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Clara Tosi Pamphili

Works in the Applied Arts, combining the skills of art, design, architecture and fashion with cinema as an essential part of the Italian creative DNA. Vice President of PalaExpo, the largest museum centre in Italy, with an exhibition and performance vocation. Creator and curator of “A.I. artisanal intelligence” event to promote the made in Italy in collaboration with museums, contemporary art galleries and institutional or non-conventional spaces. Creator and curator of ROMAISON exhibition that aims to become an extended museum to preserve and promote the incredible work of tailoring and costume studios.

Amin Farah

3d Artist and AD class of ’89. Graduated in product design and design management at the Poliarte Academy of Design; he is co-founder of Theblacklab Studio, university lecturer in 3D design applied to design. During his professional career, he has participated as a speaker at various national and international events related to the 3D world. Theblacklab Digital Studio is an independent laboratory for research and creative development in the field of 3D and CGI rendering. The studio has always been committed to the continuous creation of original 3D visual solutions with a strong emotional impact.

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2/3 From Costume to Fashion Archives
3/3 From Costume to Fashion Archives

Across the Planet. The Past and the Future of Libraries

De scientia venandi per aves, MS 446, fol. 1r (1450 –1475) © Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
Treatise on falconry, MS arabe 2831, fol. 1r (1444) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Kitāb na‘t al-ḥayawān, MS Or. 2784, fol. 229r (13th century) © British Library, London
MEFA digital archive, ContentDm view

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14 September 2023
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


  • Factum Foundation
  • University of Oxford


Cristina Dondi, Professor of Early European Book Heritage at the University of Oxford, where she also leads the 15cBOOKTRADE project, will present a research on the lost Benedictine Library that was once part of the monastery at San Giorgio Maggiore, now home to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and ARCHiVe – Analysis and Recordings of Cultural Heritage in Venice. The monastery was suppressed in 1806 and its rich collection of manuscripts and incunabula was dispersed. Dondi and colleagues have identified the location of over 180 important works and continue to add new titles as they are located in museums, libraries and private collections.

While Dondi’s research is focused on a disbanded library, the work of the Middle-East Falconry Archive (MEFA), commissioned by the Mohammed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund (MBZRCF) and carried out by Factum Foundation based within ARCHiVe, is centred on bringing all known medieval Arabic manuscripts on Falconry together online in one place.

Carolina Gris (Factum Foundation, Madrid-Venezia) will present a summary of the first two years’ work and discuss the role of IIIF and inter-library sharing to make specialist areas of interest available to a wider audience of both scholars and general interest users. This approach to the creation of specialised repositories of knowledge is paving the way to a new future for libraries and library users.


Cristina Dondi

Cristina Dondi is Professor of Early European Book Heritage, and Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. She is also the Secretary of CERL. In 2009 she created the international database Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI). She is the editor of Printing Revolution and Society, 1450-1500. Fifty Years that Changed Europe (Venice, 2020, open access), and, together with Dorit Raines and Richard Sharpe, of How the Secularization of Religious Houses Transformed the Libraries of Europe, 16th–19th Centuries (Turnhout, 2022).

Carolina Gris

Carolina Gris is responsible for coordinating and implementing 3D digitisation projects for Factum Foundation in Italy and other locations in Europe.
She has taught theoretical and practical workshops on digital preservation, and has lectured and published on new modes of access to cultural heritage. She has managed the Middle East Falconry Archive (MEFA) since 2021.

Across the Planet. The Past and the Future of Libraries

Giacomo Verde (1956-2020). From the techno-artist’s archive to book, exhibition and movie

Renzo Boldrini with Giacomo Verde and a friend © Giallo Mare Minimal Teatro Archive
Portrait of Giacomo Verde
Scene from "Il gatto con gli stivali. Un racconto per il digitale" © Campsirago Residenza
Giacomo Verde/Giallo Mare Minimal Teatro, "Hansel & Gretel Tv" © Giuseppe Murador and Giacomo Verde Archive

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9, 16, 23, 30 November 2022
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


  • Anna Maria Monteverdi | Università Statale, Milano
  • Tommaso Verde | Game Designer
  • Flavia Dalila D’Amico | Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • Vincenzo Sansone | Università Statale, Milano
  • Raffaella Rivi | Videomaker

the course

Giacomo Verde (Cimitile 1956 – Lucca 2020) in forty years of artistic activity has dealt with different languages such as street theatre, video art, painting, drawing, performance, Net Art with the idea of investigating contaminations between media to create works in which different artistic techniques coexist in an “artivist” spirit.


The course, curated by Anna Maria Monteverdi, is structured in 4 meetings and is held in Italian.

November 9, 2022

L’archivio di un artivista. Giacomo Verde (1956-2020)

  • Anna Maria Monteverdi
  • Tommaso Verde

November 16, 2022

Attraversamenti: le ultrascene di Giacomo Verde

  • Flavia Dalila D'Amico

November 23, 2022

Giacomo Verde: il teleracconto e i suoi doppi. La reinvenzione di una tecnica videoteatrale per bambini.

  • Vincenzo Sansone

November 23, 2022

Dall'archivio al film

  • Raffaella Rivi
1/4 L’archivio di un artivista. Giacomo Verde (1956-2020)
2/4 Attraversamenti: le ultrascene di Giacomo Verde
3/4 Giacomo Verde: il teleracconto e i suoi doppi. La reinvenzione di una tecnica videoteatrale per bambini.
4/4 Dall'archivio al film