What is Eurica? Eurica is an innovative project that aims to preserve ritual cuisine as an expression of tradition and folklore. In fact, ritual cooking is deeply linked to traditions, to the religious aspects that mark the year and has a profound ethnographic and cultural significance and as such belongs to the cultural heritage of every nation and this is a transversal element that crosses the entire European Community.
Eurica aims to make this heritage usable thanks to an action of digitization of ritual cuisine recipes. An indispensable modernization to preserve a cultural, ethnographic and folkloristic heritage but above all to make it easily accessible to all. Eurica wants to talk to the old generations and put them in contact with the new ones to create a link of continuity between past and present that can be transmitted to future generations.
Eurica project has as a target professionals from partner cultural organizations and VET and C-VET learners from the partner organizations but also the staff of institutions from the culture sector, professional networks, unions, and associations at national/ regional/ international level, museum, cultural and VET organizations and networks, organizations responsible for culture, education and employers‘ organizations.
The EuRiCa project will produce the following intellectual outputs and learning materials:
IO1 Digitization procedure guide
The digital presentation of each traditional ritual food recipe (as an important ethnology-cultural marker for our nationalities) is a complex and complex digital entity consisting of digital objects, each of which includes the codification of multimedia components such as text descriptions, audio, images, video etc. All these digital objects can be present in a single presentation, where they are organized in dynamic structures, allowing adequate representation and reproduction of the relevant functional, social and ideological elements specific to the particular representative unit of the intangible cultural heritage.
The project strives to propose an appropriate methodology for development/improvement the knowledge, skills and competences of the target groups which are of key importance regarding the creation of ritual food recipes' digital presentations and the provision of global accessibility of these presentations.
The development of easy to use practical guidelines on how the digitization to be done is a fundamental for successful implementation of the methodology proposed. In this context, the main aims of this intellectual output are as follows:
- Initial survey and desk research which will be conducted in order the necessary skills, knowledge and competences for recording, preparing and publishing digital presentations of ritual food’s recipes to be identifies;
- Report where the data collected during the survey and desk research will be analyzed and the elaborated results will be summarized. Based on this analysis, the needs and gaps, skills, knowledge and competences of the target groups to be developed / improved will be summarized in the report, which will also document the didactic tools and educational methods identified as fit the most for purpose.
- А methodological step-by-step guide where a detailed description of procedures and methods to be used for digitization will be provided innovative element is to construct a common standardized procedure to be used for digitization, presentation and publishing of this rituals which currently does not exist.
IO2 Training course: Digital presentation and preservation of Europe ritual cuisine
The e-training course will be developed on the base of the guidelines regarding the digitization and the recommendations regarding the didactic tools and educational approaches to be used which are synthesized in O1 in order to be provided training tailored specially to the target groups’ needs. All theoretical and practical knowledge, methods, and necessary skills described in O1 will be covered by this output.
Using the results of the research the partnership will develop the learning objects (LO) which will be logically consolidated into the training course according to the ECVET principles expressed through skills, knowledge and competences.
The training course on digitization, presentation and preservation of Europe ritual cuisine shall be composed on modular principle in line with EQF which plays an important role in providing access to employment and career advancement, as well as enabling further learning and progression to and within higher education.
The second part concerns the practical aspects and knowledge about digital presentation and preservation Europe ritual cuisine. The part shall be focused on gaining competences. skills and knowledge, EQF 4-5, on how the new digital technologies to be used in for digitization, preservation, presentation and publishing globally. Trainees will be acquainted with the requirements for creating, implementing, maintaining, presenting, promoting, copyrighting etc. of content within the context of the European ritual cuisine. This part shall provide basic knowledge using sequences of steps of real work to explain how to be recorded, edited and published one intangible cultural heritage's unit, more specifically a concrete ritual recipe.
After that to the trainees will be presented some best practice examples which are carefully selected by the partnership. The aim is the trainees to get familiar with real-life examples and situations demonstrating different “how-to” aspects of the rituals’ digitization process in an easily understandable and accessible way. An innovative element is to provide VET and C-VET users with a clear methodology and contents which can support the competences development in digitization, presentation and publishing of ritual recipes. It will be structured in knowledge, skills and competences in order to be developed following the ECVET principles to favour the recognition and validation of skills and experiences acquired in different countries.
IO3 Presentation Channel
The main goal of this output is to create a collection of digitized ritual recipes from all partner countries. Specialists from each partner organization who have already successfully completed the O2 training will prepare at least 5 digital presentations of ritual recipes from their country. During this process, they will follow strictly the digitization guidelines (provided in O1) and will apply all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the recording, editing and publishing of complex digital objects (ie digitized representations of ritual recipes) in the global information space, acquired during O2 training sessions.
To help achieve this key goal, BFU and UPT will open EuRiCa Youtube channel, Facebook page and other social media accounts where these digital productions will be published. All partner organizations will include in their websites linkage to the information channels and media spaces so constructed that will make the built collection of digitalized ritual recipes accessible to a globally distributed audience of users.
IO4 Recommendations how to use methods, knowledge and skills in different domains
Within this activity the portability of the developed methodology to the digitization of other types of cultural heritage objects will be put on test. The report will provide a description of the methods developed, together with recommendations and practical guidance on how to use these methods in the process of digitization, presentation and preservation of other types and classes of cultural heritage objects. The possible areas of cultural heritage domain where the developed methodology is possible to be implemented will be examined and specified.
The differences from other rudimentary approaches used will be described in detail together with explanations on how the proposed methods to be modified and adapted in order to fit best on the requirements of the other cultural objects' types.
An innovative element is the provision of recommendations and guidance on how to digitize and preserve digitally certain other types of cultural heritage objects using the methods described in this output following their corresponding appropriate modification, for which will be provided illustrative examples.
EuRiCa has been funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Programme by the Bulgarian National Agency. The project will
run 24 months until October 2022. Burgas Free University is the leading project partner in a team of seven
organisations from the Bulgaria, Austria, Latvia, Portugal and Italy.
The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.