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Dr Perla Innocenti

Senior Lecturer / CIS Equality and Diversity Lead

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

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Dr Perla Innocenti is a digital cultural heritage scholar with a passion for curating, making accessible and sustainably reusing tangible and intangible heritage.

Dr Innocenti was invited to join the team of the iSchool of Northumbria University in 2015. Her research and several publications cross interdisciplinary boundaries between cultural heritage, museum studies, cultural informatics, library and information science. Her recently published volume with Routledge is CulturalNetworks in Migrating Heritage: Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe. She recently became Equality and Diversity Lead for the Computer and Information Science Department.

As a Research Fellow at University of Glasgow, she led interdisciplinary research on cultural networks as Principal Investigator in the EU-funded FP7 SSH collaborative research project MeLA-Museums in an Age of Migrations and contributed as invited expert to the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH), funded by the European Science Foundation. Prior to this, in Glasgow she was Co-Investigator of the EU CIP-ICT collaborative PSP project ECLAP-European Collected Library of Artistis Performances; Co-Investigator and team-leader of the EU FP7-ICT collaborative R&D projects SHAMAN (Sustaining Heritage Accessthrough Multivalent Archiving) and (Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices, and Modelling Foundations). She also contributed to three EU FP6-ICT projects on digital preservation, developing repository design and audit research of the DRAMBOR AInteractive Toolkit (DPE-DigitalPreservationEurope in collaboration with UK Digital Curation Center), usage models research in digital preservation (Planets- Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) and certification and trusted repositories (CASPAR-Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval).

Dr Innocenti was invited to join the team in Glasgow while working at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where she held a research scholarship on information systems for industrial design and coordinated digital libraries’ activities and projects. Prior to that, she conducted research on museology and museography in Italy with Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico, Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Rome, and Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. 

Campus Address

Room 101
Pandon Building

0044 (0)191 349 5933


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2015 – present

PhD (2013) School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, UK

Master in Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage (2000) Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

Four-years degree in Humanities - History of Modern Art (1999) University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 110/110 cum laude

Certified PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments, version 2) Practitioner (2014-2019), APMG. Registration number P2R/573108

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Innocenti engages with cultural heritage in Information Society, looking at interdisciplinary questions, methods, models, and practices.

She has led research and published on cultural heritage management and ICT; digital library interoperability, modelling and design; user requirement analysis for digital preservation; repository design, risk assessment and audit; usage models in digital preservation; certification and trusted repositories; digital imaging for cultural heritage; history of museums and display strategies.

Current research areas include:

  • Information management for digital cultural heritage: Digitizing, curating, managing, preserving, making accessible, and sustainably reusing heritage collections in a digital world.
  • Intangible heritage for inclusive social development: In particular food heritage practices, food literacy and food justice initiatives; connections between food, eating and identity; preserving food traditions in a digital world.
  • Social inclusion, cultural dialogue and cultural literacy: Institutional and grassroots methodologies, practices and technologies to support marginalised groups, including but not limited to migrants, refugees, minorities.

Professional Activity

Dr Innocenti has experience in the following areas:

Expert Reviewer and Evaluator for the European Commission, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Carnegie Trust Scotland and the Italian Ministry of Education, Culture and Research

Editorial board member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Journal

Manuscripts reviewer for: the International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal on Digital Libraries, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, MIT Press, Museum and Society, Bloomsbury, Arc Humanities Press

Consultant for local, national and international institutions

Course Design and Teaching in Continuing Professional Development Programmes (CPD) & Short Courses

Professional memberships:

Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

Registry of professional librarians, Italian Library Association (AIB)

Sponsors and Collaborators

Sponsors for funded research:

  • European Commission
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Arts Council England
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura (CISA) Andrea Palladio, Italy
  • Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (INASA), Italy
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico, Italy

Dr Innocenti has a track record of collaborating for research partnerships, knowledge exchange, and field case studies with ca 150 institutions in UK and in particular internationally, including universities: libraries, museums, archives, theatres, cultural centres; research and governmental institutions; European bodies; Industries; and foundations.

Current/Recent Projects

Selected funded projects since 2008:

A Taste of Home. Understanding and sharing food heritage of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Newcastle: Arts Council England – Museum University Partnerships Initiative, 2017, GBP 800. Dr Innocenti is Principal Investigator. Project goal: This pilot project aims to gain a preliminary understanding food knowledge and practices of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Newcastle. A research methodology using participatory action will be developed. Project results will be used to develop collections and learning/engagement activities in two local museums: Discovery Museum (TWAM) and Seven Stories  - The National Centre for Children’s Books.

MeLA - European Museums in an Age of Migration: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, SSH-2010-5.2-2, 2011-2015, Grant Agreement No. 266757, Total Project Value: EUR 2,699,880, Institutional project value EUR 306,750. Dr Innocenti is Principal Investigator, leader of the Workpackage on Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions; Dr Richards (co-PI), Dr Wieber (co-PI in 2011-2012 ). Project goal: to lead research and support European museums in defining new innovative practices, spaces and policies that reflect the challenges of the contemporary processes of globalisation, mobility and migration.

ECLAP - European Collected Library of Artistic Performance: EU co-funded project Collaborative Project, CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.2.2, 2010-2013, Grant Agreement No. 250481, Total Project Value: EUR 3,400,000; Institutional project value EUR 83,488. Dr Innocenti was key Co-Principal Investigator; Dr Richards (PI). Project goal: to create an integrated multilingual e-Library for Performing Arts to be included in portal of Europeana, and set up a network of European stakeholders for Performing Arts digital collections.

SHAMAN - Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.1, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. ICT-216736, Total Project Value: EUR 12,717,310; Institutional project value EUR 406.000. Dr Innocenti was key Co-Principal Investigator and leader of the Workpackages on Requirements Analysis and Identification of User Scenarios, and Training; Prof. Ross (PI); Dr Richards (co-PI). Project goal: to design and implement methodologies, policies and experimental applications to support communities of practice in the creation, interpretation and use of cultural and scientific large scale digital collections, including multi-format and multi-source digital objects. Three prototypes for memory institutions, industrial design and engineering segments, and science were developed within robust and scalable data grids environments, which included semantic-based search capabilities and essential digital preservation features. - Coordination Action on Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices, and Modelling Foundations: EU co-funded FP7 Collaborative Project, ICT-2007.4.3, 2008-2011, Grant Agreement No. 231551, Total Project Value: EUR 1,200,000; Institutional project value EUR 187,250. Dr Innocenti was Co-Principal Investigator and leader of the Policy Working Group; Prof. Ross (PI); Dr Vullo (Co-PI) and Dr Anderson (Co-PI). Project goal: to mobilise international Digital Library (DL) designers, developers, end-users and researchers from diverse domains in the drive towards interoperability, best practices and modelling foundations for developing and managing DL systems. Outputs included an enhanced, community-driven DL Reference Model and a Technology & Methodology Cookbook with a portfolio of best practices and solutions on common issues for the development of medium and large-scale interoperable DL systems.

Applicability of DRAMBORA in libraries, archives and repositories in Japan: project co-funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, 2008-2009, Dr Innocenti Principal Investigator, Total Project Value: GBP 1500. Project goal: to introduce and investigate the applicability of the Digital Repository Audit Method Base on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit in libraries archives and data centres/repositories in Japan, to ensure that the toolkit responded to the cultural environment in which it could be used and transform it into a localized version. Outputs included the risk assessment analysis of the digital collections at the National Diet Library at Kyoto, and the translation of the DRAMBORA into Japanese.

Key Publications

Selection of six outputs since 2008:

Innocenti, P. (2016). Cultural Networks and SocialInclusion of Migrants in Europe: Heritage, ICT, and Participatory Governance. International Information & Library Review, 48 (4). pp. 274-286. 

Innocenti, P. (2015) Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage: Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781472448132

Innocenti, P. (2014) Bridging the gap in digital art preservation: interdisciplinary reflections on authenticity, longevity and potential collaborations. In: Delve, J., and Anderson, D. Preserving Complex Digital Objects. Facet Publishing, London. ISBN 9781856049580

Innocenti, P. (2013) Keeping the bits alive: authenticity and longevity for digital art. In: Serehxe, B. (ed.) Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Digital Art: The Project Digital Art Conservation. Springer, Vienna, pp. 217-230. ISBN 9783709114698 (also printed in German ISBN 978-3-9904-3533-5 and French ISBN 978-3-7091-1467-4).

Innocenti, P. (2013) Migrating heritage, digital cultural networks and social inclusion in Europe. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Digital Heritage, federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, & 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, plus special sessions from CAA, Arqueologica 2.0, Space2Place, ICOMOS ICIP & CIPA, EU Projects, et al. edited by Alonzo C. Addison, Livio De Luca, Gabriele Guidi, Sofia Pescarin. IEEE. Vol. II, 7-14. ISBN 978-1-4799-3169-9.

Innocenti, P., Konstantelos, L., Ross, S., Maceviciute, E., Wilson, T., Ludwig, J., and Pempe, W. (2010) Assessing digital preservation infrastructures: implementing a framework for library, engineering and eScience organisations. In: IS&T Archiving 2010: Preservation Strategies and Imaging Technologies for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organisations, 1-4 June 2010, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Innocenti, P., McHugh, A., and Ross, S. (2008) Tackling the risk challenge: DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment). In: eChallenges 2008, IOS Press, 2008 Amsterdam, ISBN 978-1-58603-924-0.

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PGR Supervision

Principal Supervisor for Kahina Le Louvier: Heritage enactment and information literacies in local communities: towards a cross-disciplinary framework for the social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers, 2016-2019 (funded by Nourthumbria RDF Research Fellowship)


Co-supervisor for Kath Boodai:  Everyday practices of Indian heritage-ness across diaspora communities, 2017-2020 (funded by Nourthumbria RDF Research Fellowship)


PhD applications are welcome in the areas of digital cultural heritage, cultural literacy, digital preservation, food heritage and food justice social inclusion and cultural dialogue.


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