VAST project partners traveled to Florence, Italy, to attend the final physical plenary meeting before the end of the project at partner Museo Galileo  premises between 11 – 13 September 2023.

The two-day plenary meeting included an interactive guided tour by professional museum staff through the exceptional exhibits of the Galileo Museum, accompanied by the active participation of  partners in one of the VAST project’s educational activities that are placed in the Museum.

Following up on the guided tour, a dedicated workshop took place with the participation of invited museum educators and curators where participants had the chance to get acquainted with the VAST Platform.

Additionally, the presentation of the innovative cultural space of AYLON Lyceum, which is soon to open in Athens, Greece was demonstrated along with the Antigone exhibit.


The VAST project participated in DARIAH Annual Event 2023: Cultural Heritage Data as Humanities Research Data between 6-9 June in Budapest, Hungary.

The VAST project actively engaged in discussions, talks and presentations regarding the project’s methodology and objectives. More specifically, on Day 1 our team was located at the poster area where they had the opportunity to present and discuss on “Digitizing the values of cultural artifacts” & “Integrating museum activities on ICH with data-driven research on early modern scientific texts”.


Moreover, VAST partners presented an abstract in session 6: “Exploring Digital Heritage: Innovations in Digitization and Data Services” and Dr. Maria Dagioglou, of coordinator NCSR Demokritos, gave an informative talk on the “The VAST methodology & workflows for experience digitisation”.


The DARIAH event was an enriching experience that provided us with valuable feedback and in-depth knowledge on significant topics, such as: Sustainable workflows for data management and curation, Imagining experimental data spaces for cultural heritage and Advancing digital methods for cultural heritage analysis.

VAST project partner, University of Lisbon, launched a new online survey (in english) on “Associating the words of VAST annotation schema with Schwatz’s personal values”.

They goal of this survey is to understand how people associate particular words with values.

In order to start the survey, click here


On Wednesday 22 February 2023, project partner Museo Galileo organised a theatrical performance inspired by the 17th century scientific revolution texts, from the second pilot of the VAST project.

During the performance, the two exceptional “travelers” Galileo Galilei and Amerigo Vespucci, came alive and interacted with the audience in a lighter vibe while prompting viewers to reflect on the importance of their discoveries.

The activity was carried out in collaboration with the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Florence.

Seeking to collect specialised knowledge regarding the communication of values, VAST project invited museum experts to a focus group in Lisbon on the 13th of July 2022.

Through a constructive discussion, museum experts provided VAST partners with their valuable expertise regarding the communication of values and the way audiences perceive the role of museums.

The focus group was the preliminary part of the VAST Plenary Meeting which followed the next two days, and the selected material was deployed in the brainstorming sessions and workshops that took place during the meeting.

Our project will participate in the Fairytales Festival on Kea island in Greece taking place from 22 to 31 July 2022.

The Fairytales Festival of Kea is a well known event that attracts approximately 4.000 visitors each year and celebrates its 20th anniversary. The event is held in the Greek language, it is addressed at families with children as well as adults and hosts professional storytellers, artistic installations, workshops and other activities.

During the festival, and in the context of the project’s research VAST coordinator NCSR Demokritos will hold focus groups with the professional storytellers onsite so as to gather data and extract meaningful insights for the needs of the project.
Additionally, dedicated questionnaires will be distributed to the public from the same VAST task force on the spot to further investigate the public’s perception regarding values through space and time.

Having reached the first half of it’s lifetime, VAST project partners met physically for the first time in Lisbon between 14-15 July 2022 at partner NOVA University premises to hold the project’s 16th plenary meeting.

During the first day, the meeting reviewed the project’s progress until month 18 regarding the evaluation of the implemented pilot activities and the project’s objectives. Partners also discussed an updated version of the VAST Digital Platform development, the progress of annotation process and the Ontology’s design. On the same day the partners reviewed issues regarding the present of values, the content collected from all the implemented activities of the three pilots, and how this content could be exploited.

Partner presentations during the plenary meeting at NOVA partner premises in Lisbon

During the plenary several workshops took place, including the digital platform’s user requirements, user flows, necessary tools & content, the design of the VAST Ontology, and the tools used for the design of questionnaires in the VAST platform. Moreover, partners discussed an updated view of the dissemination and communication activities plan and the project’s business plan. The plenary closed with a discussion on the topic “Values and Museums” and the overall coordination and management of the project.

VAST project partners working on identifying values

Not all of it was work though! Partners enjoyed NOVA’s hospitality in the beautiful city of Lisbon enjoying a night out at a city restaurant listening to famous Fado music.






Partner, NOVA University of Lisbon is rolling out an online survey of the way that values are communicated and received in Folktales, one of the VAST pilots. This survey is the second VAST research survey and currently the NOVA researchers have launched a pre-test survey that aims to assess perceived morality and emotionality on a set of fairy tale excerpts. The participants will be university students and general public in Portugal and the survey will be conducted only in portuguese.

The survey will be accompanied by posters that will be put up in the NOVA campus and a communication campaign in social media has also been created.

VAST partner Stefano Montanelli, Università degli Studi di Milan, presented the paper with the title A Computational History Approach to Interpretation and Analysis of Moral European Values: the VAST Research Project in the 6th International Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics2021), which was held in conjuction with ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2021 (JCDL 2021) on 30 September 2021.

More specifically, Università degli Studi di Milan’s team which consists of Silvana Castano, Alfio Ferrara, Giulia Giannini, Stefano Montanelli, Francesco Periti presented the paper in the HistoInformatics workshop series that brought together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the cultural heritage sector.



VAST partner Stefano Montanelli, Università degli Studi di Milan, presented the paper with the title From Digital to Computational Humanities: TheVAST Project Vision, that was created along with Silvana Castano, Alfio Ferrara and Francesco Periti, Università degli Studi di Milan in the SEBD conference.

The 29th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems (SEBD 2021) was organised by Università della Calabria and took place in Pizzo Calabro, Italy from the 5th of September to the 9th of September 2021.