As you already know, the O-City Project is an initiative that promotes creative economy models for cities that provide strategic investments in culture. O-City is a virtual world where the cultural and natural heritage of cities is represented by multimedia elements, making use of an internet platform in which content circulates bidirectionally, converting creators, in turn, into consumers.
The O-City Project has many objectives for the dissemination of heritage and training in digital skills. However, one of the most important objectives of the project is training for the creation of multimedia elements that represent the heritage of cities. These audiovisual contents will be uploaded to the O-City Platform and may be used within the learning plans focused on secondary school or university teachers to develop technical or soft skills in their students. In this way we can generate new growth strategies and new economic, cultural, and social paradigms.
On the other hand, the UNESCO Forum University and Heritage Chair, created in 2013, gathers the experience in the management of the International Forum UNESCO – University and Heritage Network (FUUP), which emerged in 1995 through the signing of an agreement between UNESCO and the Polytechnic University of València, with the aim of involving professors, researchers, students and professionals from around the world in carrying out activities in favour of the protection and safeguarding of Cultural and Natural Heritage, research and scientific dissemination in line with the UNESCO ideals.
The UNESCO Forum University and Heritage Chair expresses the UPV’s commitment to continue contributing to the preservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage through cooperation between universities and promoting the growth and exchange of knowledge in the FUUP Network, coordinated in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Center (WHC).
Some of its objectives are:
- Organize and collaborate in activities to document, protect and disseminate the Cultural and Natural Heritage.
- Carry out courses and training activities related to the transmission of our Cultural and Natural Heritage and Sustainable Culture.
- Promote communication and the exchange of knowledge and experiences among the members of the FUUP Network.
- Strengthen cooperation between universities, disciplines, academics, and heritage professionals with existing networks.
If we consider the objectives of the UNESCO Chair, it was inevitable to think that they were aligned with those of the O-City Project, so the possibility of generating joint synergies and organizing this new edition of the O-City Photography course obviously arose.
For this reason, a new edition of the course “Creation of multimedia content for the O-City digital world” has emerged, introduced last Thursday, March 11th. In the presentation meeting we have had more than 30 interested people, from Argentina, Paraguay, Cuba, France, Portugal, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. 👩💻👨💻
The online meeting was useful to introduce the project, its characteristics and show the platforms for the dissemination of cultural and natural heritage; as well as the teaching platform on which the training courses are used.
✔ Finally, in relation to the photography course, considering the enormous number of pre-registrations received so far (more than 60), we will have the help of three Master’s students to teach and fulfill our main objective of training trainers so that they can then use the course in their respective classrooms in the future.
👉 If you want to see the entire meeting online, you can access it here.
👉 If you want more information about the photography course, you can click here.