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More than a thousand people joined this year's hackathon dedicated to the preservation and digitalisation of Ukrainian cultural heritage! Out of more than 123 teams, SPACE4CC was among the top 10 best projects and had the opportunity to present its results at the offline final.

"Hatathon 5.0: Heritage. Strength. Innovations" is an annual online ideaton and training program on digitalization of cultural heritage of Ukraine. They gathered specialists and activists to generate new approaches and tools for digitizing, documenting, and preserving tangible and intangible heritage.

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On February 24, when we mark two years since the start of Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine, it is crucial to highlight the significant repercussions this war has had on Ukrainian society, including in the realm of cultural heritage. 

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine has been rigorously documenting the extensive damages inflicted on cultural infrastructure, revealing that as of January 25, 2024, a total of 1,938 cultural infrastructure objects have been impacted, with 314 completely obliterated. These statistics are not just numbers – they represent a profound loss to the cultural landscape of Ukraine, emphasizing the urgency of addressing these impacts amidst the broader humanitarian crisis.

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10 years too long... for war, loss of thousands of lives and Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian cultural heritage destruction since 2014...

On this day, we commemorate the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine. Since February 20th, 2014, a decade has passed already and today, our thoughts are with all the victims of this war. 

The first year alone saw more than 4,000 dead, 10,000 injured and more than 800,000 refugees. These numbers have risen since, with a peak of 10 million refugees and half a million people dead. In these times, our hearts are with all the people of Ukraine!
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In February 2024, marking the two years since Russia began full-scale war in Ukraine, Lviv Polytechnic University, a partner of Data4UA, is launching a 'Before and After' series on social media.  The series aims to highlight the devastating impact of the war on Ukraine's cultural heritage. This initiative aims to highlight the significant damage inflicted upon Ukraine's historic sites and cultural assets, serving as a reminder of the conflict's impact on the nation's identity and history. Through comparative visuals and narratives, the "Before and After" series aims to raise awareness and promote a deeper understanding of the urgent need to protect and preserve Ukraine's cultural heritage amidst ongoing hostilities.
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Space4CC announces an upcoming webinar "Impact of War on Cultural Heritage Studies in Ukraine: Capturing Changes, Exploring Tools" on December 20, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:15 (Kyiv time). Hosted by Kateryna Boichenko, with Bente Lilja Bye and Katerina Zourou, the webinar will explore how Ukrainian higher education institutions adapt their programs during Russia's war. The webinar is intended for academics, cultural heritage professionals, students, and anyone interested in the role of higher education in preserving cultural heritage amid war. It's an essential session for those looking to understand the dynamic interplay between conflict, cultural heritage, and education.
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On November 24, 2023, Kateryna Boichenko, representing the Space4CC team, will give a talk at the online conference “Culture in Modern and Contemporary Times: Research, Preservation, Socialization” that is hosted by the Institute of Balkan Studies and the Center of Tracology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the A.Y. Krymsky Institute of oriental studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University and the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture.  Read more


To expand Data4UA reach and engage with a broader audience and key stakeholders, the Data4UA Ukrainian team has just introduced the project's Facebook page. This social platform is widely used by Ukrainian higher education professionals and heritage experts. We encourage you to follow us for the latest updates!


On November 1, Data4UA project kicked off with the aim of enhancing data-driven cultural heritage management in Ukraine. This 18-month project, running from November 1, 2023, to April 30, 2025, brings together a dynamic consortium of partners, including the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art at the University of Latvia in the role of a coordinator (Latvia), Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine), Space4CC (Greece/Norway), and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The project is supported by the European Union's Erasmus+ program. Read more

Kick-off meeting in Athens


On November 1, the Data4UA project team held the project's kick-off meeting in Athens. The session included both in-person attendance and remote participation. The agenda centered on a thorough examination of the project's objectives, strategies, and crucial milestones. 

We are looking forward to making a meaningful impact on the safeguarding of Ukrainian cultural heritage through the collaborative efforts of the Data4UA project!