Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León sign a collaboration protocol to promote ‘Stellae 5.0’.

12 Dec 2023 | News

  • This morning was presented the Pluriregional Project ‘Stellae 5.0 Digital Heritage linked to the Camino de Santiago’, born with the aim of promoting the digital transformation of society and the different economic and industrial sectors.
  • During the presentation of Stellae 5.0 these autonomous communities have signed an agreement to provide the project with funding and joint support.

The Fontán building of the Cidade da Cultura has hosted the presentation of the Pluri-regional Project ‘Stellae 5.0 Digital Heritage linked to the Way of St. James’, in which representatives of the above mentioned autonomous communities, the Conference of Rectors of Universities and Polytechnic Institutes of Southwest Europe (CRUSOE), the ICT Cluster of Galicia, the Audiovisual Cluster of Galicia and the technology company NTT Data have participated.

With the slogan “From many for all”, the Stellae 5.0 universe is a public-private participation project for the universalization of Cultural Heritage. Its main objective is to boost economic recovery and employment generation by taking advantage of the Cultural Heritage resources of southern Europe and, in particular, those linked to the Camino de Santiago. In addition to public institutions such as CRUSOE, the Xunta de Galicia and some thirty European universities, international companies of worldwide prestige such as the technological company NTT Data and various entities of the Third Sector have aligned to shape a project that will democratize and universalize the Heritage, both local, regional and national, while promoting digitization and entrepreneurship.

The action program is part of the continuous and sustained effort of the regional administrations gathered in favor of the digital transformation of society and the different economic and industrial sectors. Likewise, Stellae 5.0 is also part of CRUSOE’s objective to boost regional development and smart specialization in Southwest Europe.

Numerous personalities participated in the event

Representing the Government of Galicia, Román Rodríguez, Regional Minister of Education and Culture, the Government of Cantabria, Eva Guillermina Fernández, Regional Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport and Pilar Gómez Bahamonde, Director of the Fundación Camino Lebaniego and, on behalf of Asturias, Vanesa Gutiérrez, Deputy Regional Minister of Culture, Language Policy and Sport.

On behalf of CRUSOE, Ángel Pazos, rector of the University of Cantabria and president of CRUSOE, Julio Abalde, rector of the University of A Coruña and secretary of CRUSOE, Ignacio Villaverde, rector of the University of Oviedo and member of the Executive Committee of CRUSOE, Salustiano Mato, executive president of the General Technical Secretariat of CRUSOE, Juan Castro, coordinator of the Chair of Digital Cultural Heritage and Emma Iravedra, from the Technical Secretariat of CRUSOE were present.

Also represented were the ICT Cluster of Galicia, through Antonio Rodríguez, president of the cluster, and the Audiovisual Cluster of Galicia, with his counterpart Alfonso Blanco.

Alberto Borrego Diez, director of the NTT Data Office of Galicia and Asturias and Pablo Manzano, director of Public Sector and Health of NTT Data for the northwest area, have been the representatives of the Japanese technology in the meeting.

Collaboration agreement

During the event, the representatives of the communities of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León have signed a protocol by which they have committed to collaborate to obtain the necessary funding to establish a stable framework for collaboration between the entities driving the project.

Specifically, the agreement will seek to explore ways of financing through the development of cooperation projects under existing programs and initiatives (Annual Financing Framework 2021-2027, MRR-NGEU, as well as their own sources of funding).

It will also aim to increase the network of entities participating in the project and establish an open channel of communication between the entities.