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The projects funded under the Sixth Framework Programme

AGAMEMNON - Pictures from the Past: A wireless network of magic digital cameras and palmtops for archaeological travels through the time
AGAMEMNON researched how to exploit 3G mobile phones equipped with embedded cameras for enhancing visits of open-air archaeological sites and museums. These devices can provide visitors with enriched and personalised multimedia (pictures, video, audio, text) information on monuments. The system developed by the project also combines functions to optimise the visit path and to contribute to the protection of the site by sending images to site guardians.
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BRICKS - Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services
BRICKS will enable a new generation of digital libraries by establishing the organisational and technological foundations of the European Digital Memory (EDM). Conceived as an open, networked system to integrate distributed collections of multimedia resources in museums, libraries and archives, it will improve the access to and the use of cultural heritage in Europe and beyond.
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CALIMERA - Cultural Applications: Local Institutions Mediating Electronic Resource Access
Working with a network of support groups, practitioners, national authorities and suppliers in 42 countries, the Co-ordination Action CALIMERA has produced a vast array of resources and made them available through its website. Key products include reports on every country in the network, guidelines for local cultural institutions on social, management and technical issues underlying digital service delivery, a solutions noticeboard for local cultural institutions providing information emerging from the industrial and research sectors, a research roadmap and other documents and tools.
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CASPAR - Cultural, Artistic and Scientific Knowledge Preservation, for Access and Retrieval
The project team aims to establish an authoritative foundation methodology for digital preservation activities, supported by a general system framework guaranteeing the requirements of longer term preservation of heterogeneous digital resources. Work will include the development of key components and modules providing characterisation, virtual storage and access services, including intuitive query and browsing mechanisms and exploiting the potential of semantic web and advanced storage technologies. The framework will be validated through three test-beds of different digital resources (science data, multimedia and music, and digital representations of heritage sites).
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CINeSPACE - Experiencing urban film and cultural heritage while on the move
CINESPACE aims to enable users to access and interact with location-based audiovisual cultural information while navigating a city through a special device. This device will consist in a low-cost wireless head mounted high definition screen, audio phones and a small camera enabling mobile collaborative experiences over WLAN hotspots or 3G connections. The project team will validate its R&D work in three pilot experiences.
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CONTRAPUNCTUS - Preservation and unification of new and existing Braille Music digital sources for a new access methodology
This project aims to enhance access to and use of musical scripts for blind musicians and musicologists. It will develop an interactive music storage system with a range of innovative technical components, among those a compiler to contextualise and organise music Braille existing in national libraries and to achieve a common XML-based format for Braille music data storage. In addition, the project will develop tools that enable visually impaired users, through vocal, sound and tactile information, to explore and interact with the score.
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DELOS - A Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries
The Network of Excellence aims at integrating and coordinating European research in the field of digital libraries. The project will perform research on digital library architecture, information access and personalisation, audio/visual and non traditional objects, user interfaces and visualization, knowledge extraction and semantic interoperability, preservation and evaluation.
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DPE - Digital Preservation Europe
This Coordination Action will help bring strategic information to stakeholders and user organisations concerned with the long-term preservation of digital resources. The project will spread knowledge of crucial technological issues, facilitate the pooling of complementary existing expertise, contribute to audit and certification standards and enable training and collaboration services. DPE also intends to foster coordination between existing national initiatives, and to improve consistency in preservation activities.
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EASAIER - Enabling Access to Sound Archives through Integration, Enrichment and Retrieval
EASAIER focuses on several key areas to improve access to sound archives: multi and cross- media retrieval, interactivity tools, integration of speech and music processing methods, and systemic archive analysis. The project will develop innovative audio processing, data mining, and visualisation techniques, alongside user needs and evaluation studies, and integrate them into prototypes.
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EPOCH - Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage
EPOCH is a Network of Excellence joining a large number of academic, research and cultural institutions. It aims at improving the quality and effectiveness of the use of information and communication technologies for cultural heritage in Europe's museums, monuments and sites. Part of its work will be to build up an integrated information base on the current situation and the potential of ICT, and on obstacles to progress as regards technical, socio-economic and business issues. The Network will also perform research to complete a toolkit for creating cultural heritage applications and an integrated infrastructure, and it will contribute to spreading excellence through on-line services and resources, dissemination activities, education, training and staff mobility.
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ETHNOARC (Linked European Archives for Ethnomusicological Research)
EthnoArc aims to improve access to the wealth of Europe's ethno-musical cultural heritage. It will create a linked archive for field collections enabling access to resources for various application and research purposes and allowing multi-archive searching and data comparison. The project will also build a production chain for digitising content and entering metadata as a basis for advanced research.
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IMAGINATION - Image-based Navigation in Multimedia Archives
IMAGINATION proposes an automated method for capturing, indexing and semantic representation of non-textual objects to provide intuitive access and interaction through image embedded metadata. Major outcomes of the project will be a new and intuitive method of navigation through images and a set of technologies and tools to support the annotation of images by manual, semi-automatic and automatic techniques.
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iTACITUS - Intelligent Tourism and Cultural Information through Ubiquitous Services
iTACITUS will enable the customisation of personalised walking and public transport aware tours in urban areas facilitating novel cultural experiences based upon AR and VR technologies and on a dispersed repository of historical and cultural resources. These resources will be exploited by a combination of location-based and location-independent services delivered in a flexible and timely fashion.
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ISAAC - Integrated e-Services for Advanced Access to Heritage in Cultural Tourist Destinations
ISAAC's main objective is to valorise the relationship between digital heritage and cultural tourism by developing a novel user-centric ICT environment for tourism e-services. These services will meet the needs of both tourists and citizens in European cultural destinations through facilitating virtual access and stimulating learning experiences with European cultural heritage assets before, during and after a real visit.
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MEMORIES - Design of an audio semantic indexation system allowing information retrieval for the access to archive content
This project will create a generic software library in order to facilitate the extraction of high level information from audio signals. The main expected innovations of the MEMORIES project are a user-friendly system that matches archivist needs for information retrieval in audio databases, the definition of a format for database structuring of information content descriptors and an efficient tool for audio restoration.
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MINERVAPLUS - Ministerial Network for Valorising Activities in Digitisation PLUS
MINERVA was set up in 2002 as a network of EU Member States' ministries and cultural agencies with the mission to facilitate the adoption of the Lund action plan on the coordination of digitisation programmes and policies. The network aimed at harmonising activities carried out for the digitisation of cultural and scientific content and at coordinating national programmes. Under FP6, the MINERVA network was extended to 'MINERVAplus' and included also new EU Member States, Russia and Israel.
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MOSAICA - Semantically Enhanced, Multifaceted, Collaborative Access to Cultural Heritage
MOSAICA will deliver a technology toolbox for intelligent presentation, discovery of and new experiences with culture, to be demonstrated on the heritage of 2000 years of Jewish communities in Europe.
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MultiMATCH - Multilingual/Multimedia Access to Cultural Heritage
This project focuses on multilingual information retrieval for cultural objects of different formats: text, images, audio, video. The system will be designed to support diverse user classes but also to assist cultural heritage institutions to disseminate their content widely and raise their visibility.
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P2P-FUSION - Peer to Peer Fusion
P2P-FUSION addresses the current difficulties in the legal creative reuse of audio and video media in the internet environment. The project aims to create an open, accessible, legal and economically efficient environment for creative audiovisual cultural activities that can also be based on the work of others and on materials from cultural institutions, through built-in, easy-to-use support for suitable licensing schemes.
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PLANETS - Preservation and Long-term Access to our Cultural and Scientific Heritage
PLANETS will deliver a distributed service environment for the management of digital information preservation, with a special focus on the needs of organisations having the preservation of social and cultural memory as a core task. This includes planning services, methodologies, tools and services for characterisation of digital objects, innovative solutions for preservation actions, and an interoperability framework to seamlessly integrate tools and services in a distributed service network. The project will enable organisations to improve decision-making about long term preservation, ensure long-term access to their valued digital content and control the costs of preservation through increased automation and a scaleable infrastructure.
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PRESTOSPACE - Preservation towards storage and access. Standardised practices for audio-visual contents in Europe
Institutions traditionally responsible for preserving audio-visual collections (broadcasters, research institutions, libraries, museums, etc.) now face major technical, organisational, resource related, and legal challenges in taking on the migration to digital formats and the preservation of already digitised holdings. The project's objective is to provide technical solutions and integrated systems for digital preservation of all types of audio-visual collections.
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QVIZ - Query and context based visualization of time-spatial cultural dynamics)
This project will research and create a framework for visualising and querying archival resources by a time-space interface based on maps and emergent knowledge structures. The framework will also integrate social software, such as wikis, in order to utilise knowledge in existing and new communities of practice. QVIZ will lead to improved information sharing and knowledge creation, easier access to information in a user-adapted context and innovative ways of exploring archives over time, between countries and other administrative units.
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TEL-ME-MOR - The European Library: Modular Extensions for Mediating Online Resources
TEL-ME-MOR is supporting the National Libraries from the ten new EU Member States in becoming part of The European Library (TEL), a networked service that provides since 2005 unified access to the digital resources of many National Libraries across Europe. This will help to make valuable cultural and scientific resources more accessible for the research community and library users in general. The project also includes activities in the new Member States to raise awareness on the opportunities for participation in EU-funded IST research.
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TNT - The Neanderthal Tools
The TNT project has worked towards building the largest collection of Neanderthal findings in Europe - in an online database. Virtual representations created with state-of-the-art technology make the fragile and dispersed fossils and artefacts continuously accessible for scientists and other interested public, independent on their location.
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VENUS - Virtual Exploration of Underwater Sites
This project addresses access to deep underwater archaeological sites, both for professionals and the general public. It will define best practices and procedures and design software tools for collecting and storing data in an efficient, economic and safe way and explore various techniques of data acquisition during the survey of wrecks using autonomous underwater and remotely operated vehicles.
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