Smart packaging to preserve the European audiovisual heritage more efficiently

In News by Maria Estela Izquierdo

 

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A huge percentage of the recent European cultural heritage (CH) can be found in movies, photographs, posters and slides produced between 1895 and 1970. More than 75 years of visual and audio memories are in serious danger of being lost due to the natural instability of cellulose acetate (CA).  In order to avoid this, they are currently stored at low temperatures (depending on the case, temperatures can reach -180ºC), with the subsequent energy consumption.

The project NEMOSINE, formed by 16 partners coordinated by AIMPLAS, will have a duration of 48 months. During this period, new smart packages will be developed, integrating electronics in order to monitor the degradation state of the archives and even acting in case of detecting a conservation risk. These devices will absorb or emit substances that modify the surrounding atmosphere. In this way, damaged archives could be regenerated.

NEMOSINE has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 2014-2018 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement number 760801.

More information can be found here.