About the Innovator

The Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is actively developing IT infrastructure for science and education in Poland since 1993, including metropolitan network POZMAN, HPC Center and national broadband network PIONIER. PSNC is also working on the themes of green ICT, future Internet technologies, network security and creating, storing and managing digital content. In the field of digital libraries, PSNC is focused on building national digital libraries infrastructure, including data sharing and aggregation services, knowledge management systems, digitisation process management and long term preservation services.

What is the Innovation

During Europeana Cloud project, PSNC (PL), Europeana Foundation (NL) and other partners developed a shared cloud infrastructure for cultural heritage institutions. The aim of this infrastructure is to allow efficient aggregation, processing and distribution of open cultural heritage data in Europe. The developed system is now hosted and further developed by PSNC. It is used by EF, The European Library and PSNC to support operations of their services and portals. Other institutions are also invited to join this shared infrastructure.

The Ecloud PSNC team
The Ecloud PSNC team

Out of the lab- Into the Market

The developed system is now deployed in high availability, high performance production setup in PSNC data centre. It serves data for cultural heritage portals including Polish Digital Libraries Federation and Europeana Newspapers collection. Further plans include development of professional value-added services on top of cloud storage and computational capabilities, addressed to cultural heritage sector, like IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) image streaming service (already operational) or advanced (meta)data processing services (under development). The innovators aim to deliver such reliable components for entire EU heritage sector.


Benefits of participation in the Framework Programme

The Europeana Cloud project gave us a unique environment for development and setup of a complex and innovative service, by connecting several groups of partners: heritage data providers, (meta)data aggregators, technology partners and end-users. We worked intensively not only on software development but also to properly define and maintain common requirements towards cloud infrastructure, making sure that the end result will be operational, scalable (technically, legally and organisationally) and useful for wide group of potential users.

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