Narrating Landscapes: scientific divulgation programme on cultural landscapes

Programa de Fomento de la cultura científica y de la innovación 2015
Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, FECYT
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La Geria, paisaje cultural en Lanzarote

Leading researcher
Francisco Arques

Scientific coordination
Nicolás Mariné
David Escudero
Rodrigo de la O

Researchers
Juan Miguel Hernández León
Jorge Bernabeu
Francisco Burgos
Javier Ruiz
Concha Lapayese
Marian Leboreiro
Manuel Gazapo

Scholars
Lucia Sayans
Sofía Romeo
Zhang Yingle
Silvia Ayala

Technology advisory
Adelina Sarmiento
Déborah Santos

Development and Data Science
CartoDB
Geographica

Cultural communication
Paloma Gómez Marín

Time period
2016-2017

Cultural landscape is a particular type of heritage, as it is probably a more open benchmark as a morphological, functional, perceived and symbolic expression of the historical and current relations between society and nature. Safeguarding the same forms part of the directives set out in EU treaties on land development and this inclusion in heritage policy has also opened up a particular branch of research. The project aims to raise public awareness of what constitutes a cultural landscape, which ones have been identified in Spain and what their main features are.

Given that multi-sensory richness acquires particular importance in cultural landscapes, virtual environments allow us to create an immersion experience to complement physical presence, thereby fostering greater social appreciation. On this basis, the project will develop a website (a kind of virtual exhibition) and an app. These creative and interactive digital media provide the public with an experience that familiarises them with the landscape in a way that is adapted to contemporary visual culture. The cutting-edge innovation and experimentation that takes place in the creation of maps and in data visualisation and analysis is made possible by the collaboration of CartoDB.

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