CONPRA - Contributing the preventive archaeology: Innovativeness, development and presentation was an international project supported by Research Executive Agency within Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, programme Support for training and career development of researchers (Maria Curie), Industry - Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP). CONPRA connected four partners into Consortium - private companies VIA MAGNA s.r.o. from Slovakia, TerraVerita s.r.o. from Czech Republic and academic organizations Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade in Serbia.
The basic point of the project was transfer of knowledge from one partner to another. This transfer was implemented by system of mutual secondments between academic and private sector. VIA MAGNA s.r.o. was dealing with the possibilities of 3D photogrammetry applications extensions for documentation of archaeological cultural heritage., TerraVerita s.r.o. was dealing with the field of manipulating large data sets with MapServer (or similar GIS based) server technologies providing so the integrated systems of data storing, retrieving and presenting. University of Ljubljana focused on the aerial archaeology, on training and implementation of real aerial reconnaissance and knowledge necessary for image/data postprocessing using various digital tools. Finally University of Belgrade worked within CONPRA on 3D virtual reconstructions of archaeological finds and situations. All 4 partners could be considered as leading institutions in their fields of expertise in their countries. All partners employ ed secondees on their regular projects providing so the major field for gaining new knowledge and skills, as well as to exchange experienced researchers aiding the partner institutions on the spot.
The outcome of the works of individual partners is a manual that contains knowledge, experience, proved methodologies and techniques in the above mentioned fields of archaeology. The project and its outputs positively influenceed the quality of research of all participating partners, especially their potential and capacities for applicative research tasks and projects. CONPRA project, with its Consortium composition and programme, tried to answer some major challenges in the development driven archaeology. With its particular focus on economic and technological circumstances in ‘emerging’ markets, the major issue was increasing the capacities of SMEs in facing new and changing conditions in their respective countries, and in reinforcing the capacity of academia towards more competitive role in heritage industry.