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MPNS COST Action TD1201
Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH)

True, precise and complete documentation of artefacts is essential for conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage (CH). By ensuring access to the best possible documentation of artefacts we are contributing to the enhanced understanding of material CH and help its long-term preservation. We are all responsible for ensuring that this heritage is passed on to future generations.

Documentation of CH involves researchers, scientists and professionals from multiple disciplines and industries. There is a need  to promote research, development and application of non-contact optical measurement techniques (spectral and spatial), adapted to the needs of heritage documentation, on a concerted European level, in order to protect, preserve, analyse understand, model, virtually reproduce, document and publish important CH in Europe and beyond.

Research in this field typically relies on nationally-funded projects with little interaction between stakeholders. This Action will provide a stimulating framework for articulating and clarifying problems, sharing solutions and skills, standardising methodologies and protocols, encouraging a common understanding, widening applications and dissemination. The Action will foster open standards for state-of-the-art documentation of CH. It will simplify the usage of high-resolution optical techniques in CH and define good practice and stimulate research.

(Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Frank BOOCHS (DE)

Vice Chair of the Action:


Science officer of the Action:

Ms Estelle EMERIAU

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Ange Marie INA UWASE


Action Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF

Annual Progress Conference Report

Download Annual Progress Conference Report as PDF

Progress Report

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Download Poster as PDF


Action website:

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Last updated: 09 June 2012 top of page