Artificial Intelligence for Digital Heritage Innovation: Setting up a R&D Agenda for Europe

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  • Sander Münster - , Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Author)
  • Ferdinand Maiwald - , Chair of Photogrammetry (Author)
  • Isabella di Lenardo - , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) (Author)
  • Juha Henriksson - , Musical Archive Finland (Author)
  • Antoine Isaac - , Europeana Foundation (Author)
  • Manuela Milica Graf - , Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Time Machine Organisation (TMO) (Author)
  • Clemens Beck - , Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Author)
  • Johan Oomen - , Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Author)


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a game changer in many fields, including cultural heritage. It supports the planning and preservation of heritage sites and cities, enables the creation of virtual experiences to enrich cultural tourism and engagement, supports research, and increases access and understanding of heritage objects. Despite some impressive examples, the full potential of AI for economic, social, and cultural change is not yet fully visible. Against this background, this article aims to (a) highlight the scope of AI in the field of cultural heritage and innovation, (b) highlight the state of the art of AI technologies for cultural heritage, (c) highlight challenges and opportunities, and (d) outline an agenda for AI, cultural heritage, and innovation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-816
Number of pages23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2024

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Scopus 85185961982


Sustainable Development Goals


  • AI, agenda, cultural heritage, overview