About Collage Research Project


COLLAGE is a Joint Applied Research Project (Project No. 224/2012) carried out in the PN-II-PT-PCCA Programme and funded by the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI).

The project is aiming at developing and modify existing techniques for the analysis of collagen-based historical materials and objects to achieve both high accuracy and micro- or non-invasivity characteristics requested in the evaluation of cultural heritage (CH). The evaluation of the real risks to the sustainability of cultural heritage (CH) artefacts constitutes an emerging and challenging area of applied research and advanced technologies.

The project takes advantage of the assessment and diagnostic methodologies delivered by the Partners in earlier projects to develop measurement procedures enabling inter-laboratory comparison and elaborate quantitative protocols for the assessment of damage of collagen-based artefacts. It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration (engineering, information technology, conservation science) aiming to bridge the gap between the research achievements and CH applications.

The activities envisaged within COLLAGE fosters the culture of international cooperation, providing harmonisation of methodologies, sharing knowledge and best practices on conservation projects, and providing education, training, users' awareness, technology transfer and dissemination of project results.


Development of a new measurement system for the automatic detection of fibrilar collagen shrinkage activity (imageMHT).

Development of an intelligent system for the analysis and diagnosis of collagen-based. materials (CLEAR diagnosis system)

Development of a database (thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning electronic miscroscopy and thermal microscopy) for new, artificially aged and historical collagen-based materials.

Development of standardised measurement protocols enabling inter-laboratory comparison

Elaboration of quantitative protocols for damage assessment of historical collagen-based materials.

Enabling stewardship practices to be revised according to a multi-faceted approach to collections.

Generate a new impact in:
- conservation practice (through user-friendly, faster and more reliable measurements and automatic diagnosis of damage)
- conservation management (by facilitating a better management of resources)
- technology (by developing new intelligent instrumentation and software that could become standard tools in CH applications).


WP 1 Collagen materials

Development of quantitative measurement protocols for all analytical techniques employed.
Characterisation of new and artificially aged parchment and leather and maping of ageing-related changes.
Elaboration of quantitative protocols for damage assessment and ranking.
Statistical and correlation study of the thermal analysis and imageMHT data.
Elaboration of technical and methodological documents for all analytical assessment protocols.
Editing a Guide for the investigation and diagnosis of historical and archeological collagen-based artefacts.

WP 2 ImageMHT measurement system

Design the hardware block of the heating plate.
Implement the software interface between the computer and the acquisition equipment.
Studies on motion detection algorithms.
Design and development of the ImageMHT prototype.
Elaboration of imageMHT datasheets, user instructions and recommendations.

WP 3 CLEAR diagnosis system

Design the analytical database.
Development and prototype of the decision module.
Testing and optimization of CLEAR integrate system (database + decision module).
Elaboration of CLEAR datasheets, user instructions and recommendations.

Phase Reports

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In more detail

Technical Results
Training and Demonstrations