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Innovating Colosseo: a distr-active artistic performance

GARR has always been involved with the cultural heritage community providing an advanced network infrastructure and innovative tools for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage assets, for international collaborations for sharing and transmission of large amounts of data and for the use of web applications. In 2015 for the first time monuments of high historical value were connected through GARR’s optical fibers. Several heritage sites – Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, National Roman Museum and the Pompei Archaeological Area – were connected thanks to the agreements with the Superintendencies of the Rome and Pompei archaeological sites. A first concrete example is the SITAR territorial system that can be considered an online Land Registry of archaeological information about the metropolitan area of Rome. For better access to the SITAR WebGIS platform, the Superintendency for the Rome Archaeological Area has joined the IDEM Federation, the Italian education and research AAI community, and thus EduGain. The availability of fiber optic connections between various locations has allowed GARR to extend the benefits of network technology to performing arts professionals by setting up a geographically distributed performance to celebrate the inauguration of the connections to GARR of the various offices of the Superintendency the Rome Archaeological Area. The live performance involved three archaeological sites in Rome (Colosseum, the Baths of Diocletian, Crypta Balbi) and a research laboratory, the Frascati National Laboratories of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). Accomplishing what we might call a distr-active (distributed and interactive) performance required careful planning that included the setup of network connections, the tuning of the streaming service and the preparation of two sites that used the LoLa software built by GARR in collaboration with the Tartini Music School in Trieste.


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