Narrative description of Project: ROMA150 will be a web portal to promote and disseminate knowledge of modern and contemporary Rome created to offer users free access to cartographic, photographic, audiovisual and textual material on Rome in the period 1870 - 2020. The platform will bring together an important collection of aerial photos and digitized historical cartographies, as well as perspective photos, iconographic documents, historical photogrammetric models, accounts of events, places, people and/or historical artifacts from different sources. The material that will flow into the platform will be organized in the form of a database where each record will be associated with a physical place located in the cartography. In addition to the possibility of consulting and sharing historical material, the platform will act as a virtual Agora, a place for creating, comparing and sharing knowledge about the city.
The ROMA150 platform will develop technologies based on WebGIS systems to integrate territorial information of a historical nature with different levels of spatial and informative detail. Technological innovation is represented by the implementation in the system of the "fourth dimension", time, which will make it possible to dynamically visualize historical material and explore issues related to urban and environmental transformations, the economic dimension and socio-economic characteristics. culture of the territories. The use of "augmented reality" functions and latest generation photogrammetric reconstruction and orientation techniques will make it possible to obtain additional information on some places under investigation, thanks to the possibility of returning floor plans and 3D models starting from the photographic and cartographic material available in the various funds studied, thus allowing the detailed analysis of building transformations over time.
The cultural setting of the project leverages the idea of interactive exploration of the city and shared historical narration based on public history criteria. The transformation events, the stories of the places and people who have lived and worked in Rome over the years can be welcomed by ROMA150 at different times and in pre-established ways. An important element of the project will be the collaboration with various cultural institutions which keep important historical collections on Rome, but also with schools and local cultural associations which, acting as external partners of the project, will be able to contribute to the enrichment of the historical material by adding their collections: old photographs, collections of transcribed letters, recorded interviews, videos or project results. The section dedicated to partners will act as a place for discussion and sharing, capable of gathering and functionally integrating knowledge of the area, making it online and available to the community. The portal will enhance the collections of cultural institutions participating in the project, promoting awareness to a vast public of the city's extraordinary cultural heritage, an often completely unknown treasure.