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Projects :: eCloud

eCloud: Europeana Cloud: Unlocking Europe’s Research via The Cloud

Europeana Cloud is a Best Practice Network, submitted under Objective 2.1.a and coordinated by the Europeana Foundation, designed to establish a cloud-based system for Europeana and its aggregators. Europeana Cloud will provide new content, new metadata, a new linked storage system, new tools and services for researchers and a new platform - Europeana Research. Content providers and aggregators, across the European information landscape, urgently need a cheaper, more sustainable infrastructure that is capable of storing both metadata and content. Researchers require a digital space where they can undertake innovative exploration and analysis of Europe's digitised content. Europeana needs to get closer to the target of 30 million items by 2015. Europeana Cloud meets these needs. The key objectives of Europeana Cloud are: 1. To provide access, at Europeana, to 1.1m new metadata records and 5m research focussed items from across European Universities, libraries, data centres and publishers; 2. To create a cloud based infrastructure capable of delivering cost-efficient content and metadata storage for stakeholders across Europe; 3. To understand and incorporate the legal, strategic and economic issues of a cloud-based system for content for cultural heritage institutions and domain aggregators; 4. To achieve a broad consensus among European content aggregators and research networks on the advantages of a cloud based solution; 5. To develop a digital platform, named Europeana Research, to discover and use Europeana research content; 6. Via this cloud to provide tools and services for researchers that permit innovative research that exploits digitised content in Europeana. This is a vital project for the Europeana network of content providers and aggregators, moving to an infrastructure that can deal not just with descriptive metadata but actual digitised content as well.

Contact information

DUNNING Alastair
PRINS WILLEM ALEXANDERHOF 5
2595 BE DEN HAAG
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel. +31 703 140 182
Fax.

Participants

Coordinator: STICHTING EUROPEANA, THE NETHERLANDS

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
STICHTING EUROPEANA THE NETHERLANDS
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES BELGIUM
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BELGIUM
ARIADNE FOUNDATION VZW BELGIUM
NARODNI TECHNICKA KNIHOVNA*NATIONALTECHNICAL LIBRARY NTK CZECH REPUBLIC
DET KONGELIGE BIBLIOTEK, NATIONALBIBLIOTEK OG KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITETSBIBLIOTEK DENMARK
KANSALLISARKISTO FINLAND
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD GERMANY
QUESTA.SOFT - GESELLSCHAFT FUR SOFTWARE-ENTWICKLUNG MBH GERMANY
Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland GERMANY
BAYERISCHE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK GERMANY
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS GREECE
ATHENA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGIES GREECE
DEBRECENI EGYETEM HUNGARY
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN IRELAND
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE ITALY
CINECITTA' LUCE SPA ITALY
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN POLAND
HRVATSKA AKADEMIJA ZNANOSTI I UMJETNOSTI REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
FUNDACIÓN DIALNET SPAIN
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET SWEDEN
STICHTING VU-VUMC THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING OAPEN*OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING IN EUROPEAN NETWORKS THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING NEDERLAND KENNISLAND THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING LIBER THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT UNIVERSITEIT VAN TILBURG THE NETHERLANDS
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW THE NETHERLANDS
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UNITED KINGDOM
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM
MDR PARTNERS (CONSULTING) LIMITED UNITED KINGDOM
LLYFRGELLGENEDLAETHOL CYMRU UNITED KINGDOM
Consortium of European Research Libraries UNITED KINGDOM

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