Today, Mass Digitization, Smart Data Processing and Virtual Reality are fundamentally altering the field of Cultural Heritage, and its valorization for scientific research, the tourism industry, public services and culture & creative-led urban development.
Antwerp fosters a dream of assuming a leading role in these rapidly developing ICT transformations. Since its 16th century Golden Age – when the city turned into the commercial and information gateway of Western Europe – the city boosted the ambition of being an economic and cultural world leader, taking, for instance, a leading role in the rapidly developing cultural industry of book printing. Speared of large-scale destructions, the extended archives of the city, breathtaking museums, libraries and historical cityscapes document every piece of this magnificent past.
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