Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT Policy Projects for Cultural Heritage

Examples of projects financed by the ICT Policy Support Programme for Cultural Heritage
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Information on the Work Programme for 2013 and specific calls is available here.

The full text of the CIP - ICT - PSP Programme 2012 is available as PDF file.

Call 5 - Projects

  1. 3D-ICONS - 3D Digitisation of Icons of European Architectural and Archaeological Heritage - it proposes to digitise a series of architectural and archaeological masterpieces of world and European cultural significance and provide 3D models and related digital content to Europeana, with the aim of contributing to the critical mass of highly engaging content available to users. Public fascination with the architectural and archaeological heritage is well known and it is proven to be one of the main reasons for tourism according to the UN World Tourism Organisation. The project will focus on UNESCO World Heritage monuments and other monuments of outstanding value at European level, to illustrate a particular strand of Europe's history.
  2. APEX - aims at expanding in quality as well as quantity the delivery of digital archival content to Europeana. APEX will take on board more European institutions and will help these institutions with aggregation on the national levels. The project will work actively with the Europeana portal on interoperability of metadata formats and rights management of the archival material. All this will serve the main goal of preparing as much archival content of European institutions as possible to the Archives Portal Europe and channel the digitised and digital archival material therein to the Europeana portal.
  3. DM2E has two primary aims: to enable as many content providers as possible to get their data into Europeana and to stimulate the creation of new tools and services for re-use of Europeana data in the Digital Humanities. DM2E will develop the tools needed to convert content from diverse metadata sources into the Europeana Data Model. The project will also catalyse an active community of cultural heritage institutions wanting to openly license their metadata and submit it to Europeana through a series of hands-on workshops, scholarships and educational documentation.
  4. EAwareness - is a Best Practice Network, led by the Europeana Foundation, designed to: • publicise Europeana to users, policy makers, politicians and cultural heritage organisations in every Member State so as to encourage the use and contribution of content, raise awareness of cultural heritage as an economic driver and promote knowledge transfer • promote its use by a broad public for a variety of purposes including recreation and hobbies, research, learning, genealogy and tourism; engaging users via user generation of content, creation of digital stories and social networking • develop new partnerships with 4 key sectors which are currently underexploited by Europeana: public libraries, local archival groups, broadcast organisations and open culture re-users (programmers, developers, researchers and activists) • put in place new distribution channels for Europeana content working with the tourism sector • further encourage cultural institutions to continue to provide content.
  5. EFG1914 - will digitise and make available 654 hours of film and 5.600 film-related items on the theme of World War I held by 20 European archives in 15 countries. The content will be made available through the EFG Portal and Europeana and, in addition to that, in a special virtual exhibition dedicated to the content digitised in the project and to themes around WWI, film, the European film industries and their audiences in a decade of conflict and cataclysm. It complies with the requirement of the ICT-PSP Work programme 2011 in that it provides content complementary to the content already available in Europeana, especially considering that several initiatives by Europeana itself and digitisation projects already running are gathering collections from libraries, paper archives and private collections.
  6. The Europeana Fashion best practice network aims at aggregating and harmonizing existing digital content coming from the most important and interesting public and private European fashion collections, ingesting this fashion-related content into Europeana, improving interoperability between scattered and heterogeneous collections, promoting the use of the Europeana Data Model and developing tools, such as a specialized Fashion Thesaurus, to best handle the multilingual nature of the aggregated content; providing access to this digital content also through the creation of a dedicated fashion portal that will serve as a specialized access point to heterogeneous fashion collections across Europe.
  7. Europeana Newspapers - A Gateway to European Newspapers Online - The Europeana Newspapers project  aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The European Library and Europeana. In addition, the project addresses challenges particularly linked with digitized newspapers. Each library participating in the project will distribute digitised newspapers and full-texts to Europeana besides several other tasks. There will be a special focus on newspapers published during the First World War, thus providing a meaningful addition to the resources aggregated by the current Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project.
  8. EuropeanPhotography - EUROPEAN Ancient PHOTOgraphic vintaGe repositoRies of digitAized Pictures of Historical quality - EuropeanaPhotography is a great and quite unique consortium and project putting together some of the most prestigious photographic archives, public libraries and photographic museums covering specifically the length of time from the beginning of photography (1839 with the first example of images from Fox Talbot and Daguerre) to the beginning of the Second World War (1939). EuropeanaPhotography is therefore covering a precise historical period in order to make accessible online and bring into Europeana some of the most important, precious and beautiful images from a very important period that created so much changes in Europe in several sectors as a proof of diversity and richness at the same time.
  9. EU-INSIDE - the main objectives of EUROPEANA INSIDE are: to open up a significant critical-mass of new digital cultural content from European cultural institutions for delivery through Europeana, to simplify significantly the process of contributing content to Europeana for cultural institutions and aggregators of all scales and types throughout Europe, to help cultural institutions and aggregators overcome barriers to participation by part-automating the workflow by which content is made available to Europeana, and creating tools for the management of permissions and licensing. This Best Practive Network will lead to a specific increase in content to Europeana of 960,000 records from 15 cultural heritage institutions and 5 aggregators. It will also open up the potential for up to 7000 cultural institutions (the installed user-base of the Collections Management Systems represented in EUROPEANA INSIDE) to share an estimated 30m records with Europeana and its users.
  10. PARTAGE PLUS - Digitising and Enabling Art Nouveau for Europeana - Having started in March 2012 and lasting for 24 months, Partage Plus will digitise Art Nouveau objects, artworks, posters and buildings to create more than 75,000 items - including 2,000 3D models, of content for access through Europeana.

Call 4 - Projects

  1. DCA - Digitising Contemporary Art - DCA will create a digital body of high-quality reproductions of 26,921 artworks - paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos and 1,857 contextual documents, which will become accessible and retrievable through Europeana; not only through the use of metadata and thumbnails, but also direct links to large-sized reproductions of each item. DCA will ensure that the rights to all available digital content will be cleared. The content provided, including masterpieces from key artists of most European countries, will fill a gap in Europeana‘s content supply.
  2. ENUMERATE A European Survey for Statistical Intelligence on Digitization, Digital Preservation and Online Access to Cultural Heritage - The objective of the ENUMERATE Thematic Network is to build towards the Digital Agenda 2020, by achieving a lasting transformation in the availability, quality, accuracy and relevance of statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in order to support and drive strategic decision-making at European, national and institutional level.
  3. Europeana 1914-1918 - Remembering the First World War – a digital collection of outstanding sources from European national libraries - Europeana 1914-1918 will create by 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict. In the run-up to 2014 and in the following years, strong interest in the topic is expected from a wide variety of users – including the general public, local and family historians, education professionals, archives, museums and historical societies, people working in the media, the arts or in the tourism industry. The project consortium will make available to Europeana 425.000 especially relevant items that will be selected with help from specialists and target user groups according to agreed quality criteria. Europeana 1914-1918 will make a vast amount of sources available online for the first time – content that is often rare and highly fragile because of the deteriorating quality of the paper it was produced on and generally only accessible in reading rooms. The material will highlight the importance of WWI for a common European identity and be reflective of the different experiences of individuals and groups on all sides of the conflict including different ethnic, linguistic, political, social and religious communities and those opposed to the war.
  4. Ev2 - Europeana v2.0 - The project aims to provide the majority of the funding required to ensure the continued running and development of Europeana from October 2011 to February 2014. Activities include efforts to: enhance content, increase and facilitate the re-use of content, develop a sustainable finance and provision model, create centralised repositories of linguistic resources, release new versions and maintain the service and its APIs, develop features and functionalities, improve the user experience by distribution of content into user environments and coordinate the network of contributing organisations.
  5. Linked Heritage - Coordination of Standards and Technologies for the enrichment of Europeana - Linked Heritage has 3 main objectives: to contribute to large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors; to demonstrate enhancement of quality of content, in terms of metadata richness, re-use potential and uniqueness; to demonstrate and enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content. Linked Heritage will facilitate and deliver large-scale, long-term enhancement of Europeana and its services. The project will address the problems associated with: - Non-standard descriptive terminologies - The lack of private sector and 20th Century content - The preservation of complex metadata models within the Europeana metadata schema. The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia. These include ministries and responsible government agencies, content providers and aggregators, leading research centres, publishers and SMEs. 3 million new items will be delivered to Europeana, covering a wide spectrum of types of cultural content.
  6. OpenUp! - Opening up the Natural History Heritage for Europeana - European natural history collections manage and give access to over 1.5 bn objects from the world’s biodiversity heritage, covering most of the species described worldwide. These are reference objects for all the common and famous species in the world, incl. those of high economic importance and even those that have already gone extinct. Many have great cultural value as they were collected during historic expeditions and scientific endeavours by well known epochal explorers or scientists like Darwin, Linnaeus, Humboldt, or Stanley. EUROPEANA will make these treasures for the first time available to the general public, in addition to providing scientists and policy makers with a substantial information source needed in the understanding and protection of global biodiversity.It will initially make available over 1 M high quality images, movies, animal sound files, and natural history artwork from 23 institutions in 12 European countries.

Call 3 - Projects

  1. CARARE - Connecting ARchaeology and ARchitecture in Europeana - The project objective is to establish over 3 years a Best Practice Network and aggregation service and improve the interoperability with Europeana of the digital content available from the archaeology and architectural heritage domain. It involves heritage organisations, archaeological museums and specialist archives to expand Europeana network of content providers and make available the rich diversity of content for unique archaeological monuments, historic buildings and town centres.
  2. HOPE - networks the digital collections of European institutions in social history and the history of the labour movement. The HOPE project brings together a partnership of European social history instructions aiming to improve access to their highly significant but presently scattered digital collections of over 3 million objects.
  3. ECLAP - EUROPEAN COLLECTED LIBRARY OF ARTISTIC PERFORMANCE - The richness and value of the European performing arts heritage is unquestionable. Even though these collections are now being digitized and published online, they remain scattered, and coordination is lacking between digital libraries and the performing arts field; however, there is a high demand for access to this content. ECLAP fills this gap by creating a considerable, and hitherto missing, online archive for all the performing arts in Europe, and providing solutions and tools to help performing arts institutions to enter the digital Europe by building a network of important European performing arts institutions and archives and publishing content collections on Europeana, the European Digital Library.
  4. EUROPEANA REGIA - A digital collaborative library of royal manuscripts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Europeana Regia is a collaborative project, which aims to create a European corpus of digitised mostly illuminated manuscripts, testimonies of the circulation of texts and art in Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with a focus on the beginning of European culture in the Carolingian time. It concerns three most important sets of mediaeval and Renaissance manuscripts : - manuscripts from the times of Charles the Great and his successors (780-900 ca), copied and often illuminated in monasteries straightly linked with royal or imperial power - the manuscripts from the library of king Charles V of France (r. 1364-1380), which were mainly kept in the Librairie du Louvre - the collection of Aragon kings of Naples, now separated between four main depositories in France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. It will represent a total of 670 manuscripts and more than 240 000 images.
  5. Natural Europe - Natural History & Environmental Cultural Heritage in European Digital Libraries for Education- Natural Europe is a coordinated solution at European level to connect the digital collections of a number of European Natonal History Museums (NHMs) with Europeana, and to study the educational methods and deploy the necessary software tools that will allow museum educators to design innovative online pathways through the digital collections of NHMs. To this end, the federation of the Natural Europe digital libraries aims to facilitate storage, search and retrieval of digital content that is related to Natural History. Natural Europe will also design and deploy novel graphical interfaces that will facilitate the navigation of educational pathways within digital collections, both from Europeana and the NHMs’ Web sites. It will also adapt and test innovative interactive installations at the NHMs that will allow visitors to follow educational pathways through Europeana’s content on Natural History and Sciences, as part of the Museums’ exhibition.
  6. thinkMOTION- Digital Mechanism and Gear Library goes Europeana - is specialised on gathering specific content in the field of motion systems. Different kinds of material are considered (e.g. books, journals, drawings, images, physical models) to establish a digital library which connects historical and recent content from different countries.