The web site, “Mosaic itineraries of the Daunia”, edited by the Italian Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation, aims at making known and developing the mosaic heritage present in the area of Puglia that now corresponds to Capitanata.
This heritage, spread throughout the area, has aspects that when examined from the point of view of the potential of web applications, are complex and well-organized, involving individual finds, archaeological, architectural and historical-artistic monuments, museums, archaeological parks and areas, taken as a single complex, for their archaeological, historical, artistic and environmental value. The web project has sought to have the many aspects of the matter emerge through a process of cultural, historical and above all territorial concomitance.
The nucleus of the site is formed of the list of mosaics created after an in-depth bibliographical research study and a rich photographic and graphic documentation created especially for the project.
In an attempt to make the most of a mosaic find in its territorial context, studies on the locations of the findings and formulated tourist-cultural itineraries that include visits to monuments, archaeological areas and museums of the territory have been made available.
The project also foresees the experimental use of advanced technologies for the critical and historical-artistic interpretation of the works, such as the 3D creation of the decorative motifs of the mosaics and of some archaeological areas, and the creation of didactic exercises for young people.
The exploitation of the information and knowledge of the cultural and scientific values of the cultural finds throughout the area, to use a broad definition, has a determinant role not only in a general formational sense to promote the awareness and the growth of users interested in the subject, but also as a useful tool in the planning of the development and model of urban, environmental and landscape management that is sustainable and economically productive.
The web site has tried to put into practice the guidelines contained in the Handbook for quality in cultural Web sites: improving quality for citizens and the Quality Principles for cultural Web sites promoted by the MINERVA Project.