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OAF: Open Archives Forum

Keywords The Open Archives Forum ( OAF ) will provide a Europe-based focus for dissemination of information about European activity related to open archives & the Open Archive Initiative (OAI). The Forum will facilitate clustering of IST projects, national initiatives & other parties interested in the open archive approach. The project will stimulate European involvement in the OAI ensuring that validation of OAI specifications are co-ordinated within Europe, that the European perspective is fully articulated within the OAI, & that European organisations are ready to exploit the benefits of the OAI approach. The OAF will bring interested parties together to build a community of interest, enabled.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line VIII.1.1.: Project clusters
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.oaforum.org/
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OMNIPAPER (Smart access to European Newspapers)

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line III.1.3: Next generation digital collections
Workprogramme 2001
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OPENHERITAGE (Enabling the European Culture Economy)

Keywords The project will provide core building blocks to support the European digital Cultural Heritage and to enable the effective access of citizens, professionals and business operators. An analysis of the scenario of the "cultural economy" leads to a socio-economic model that will leverage technology in balanced and sustainable ways, with the goal of making CH economically self-sustainable and of increasing European competitiveness.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line III.1.4: Access to digital collections of cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.openheritage.com/

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ORIEL (An Online Research Information Environment for the Life Sciences)

Keywords The ORIEL project will explore and further develop methods, technologies and protocols aimed at the integration, dissemination and exploitation of large, complex and disparate digital information resources. With a view to making such technologies widely available, it will focus on the Life Sciences as a data-intensive and highly demanding testbed that will (1) permit effective linking of different types of biological information displaying complex inter-relationships (literature, factual and multi-media databases), (2) promote ease of navigation leading to creative exploration of the information landscape and (3) facilitate user-friendly data presentation and information visualisation.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line III.1.3: Next generation digital collections
Workprogramme 2001
Website http://www.oriel.org/
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ORION (Object Rich Information Network)

Keywords

The main objective is to form a Network of leading experts, which will examine the business and technological landscape in the museum environment and the supporting educational & scientific communities.

Ultimate goal: defining a Research Roadmap for the implementation, application and use of emerging technologies to support and enhance 3D literacy, learning process, creativity and cultural promotion to the benefit of a wide constituency of users.

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line III.5.2: Competence building
Workprogramme 2001 , End Date: 2003-06-30

Website

Orion Newsletter

Network Manager

http://www.orion-net.org

http://www.orion-net.org/resources/ORION_Newsletter_No1.pdf

Neil Shaw at (email removed)

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PAST (exPeriencing Archaeology across Space and Time)

Keywords PAST aims to develop an innovative ICT system supporting visitors of Archaeological Sites. Visitors will use handheld PCs (operated via voice commands, touch screens and text-to-speech) connected to a local Server via wireless networks.The Server will include an Archaeological Repository, storing data and information relevant to PAST , and a Legacy System Integration Layer, exporting relevant data from legacy archaeological multimedia databases to the PAST system. Servers installed at remote sites will be networked via Internet: each PAST instance will be able to seamlessly access information residing in any other instance, therefore creating a distributed information space.The PAST Server will also include: a Visitors Profiler, collecting static and dynamic information about visitors, tracking interactions with the PAST system, and building and dynamically revising profiles; a Visit Organiser, which, based upon the visitors' profiles, the current context of the visit and the information available, plans personalised visits, dynamically revises the plans and delivers, at any time during the visit, context-dependent information, personalised in both thier content and their presentation
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line 1.1.2./163
Workprogramme 1999
Website http://www.dl-forum.de/Foerderung/Projekte/PAST/

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POUCE:Portails Culturels Collectifs

Keywords Museums are more and more conscious that Internet is a powerful tool to make their collections known, but given their scarce resources, small museums can catch up with the prestigious ones only through a joint effort. POUCE aims at validating a method for facilitating the joint presence on the Web of a group of museums, via a semantic portal able to manage heterogeneous resources (great variety of objects conforming to different descriptive systems) poured into it by the participating museums.
POUCE will implement a digital inventory method in a limited number of museums, using XML to allow processing heterogeneous data. Data are uploaded into a collective database, with a unifying XML schema. This database is accessible through a semantic portal, which automates the updating operations and offers powerful search functions.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line III.1.5.: Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.trisweb.org/tris/trisportalpro/cluster/default_blu.asp?PRID=14

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PRESTO (Preservation Technology for European Broadcast Archives)

Keywords Millions of hours of valuable multimedia content - and irreplaceable European heritage - is at risk because of ageing media and technology. The content of European public service broadcast archives is the social and cultural history of this century, on a European scale. Largely paid for by the citizens it should be preserved for their benefit. Preservation work is costly. We propose to develop technology and processes to reduce the cost by at least 30%, and at the same time make the best use of new technology, to minimise future archive maintenance costs, and to maximise commercial and citizen access. Costs will be reduced by developing hardware and software to automate specific labour-intensive 'bottlenecks' in preservation processes, by developing efficient metadata handling, and by identifying and using the most sustainable and cost-effective new technology.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.2.4: Digital preservation of Cultural Heritage
Background information Powerpoint presentation
Workprogramme 1999
Website http://presto.joanneum.ac.at/index.html
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PULMAN (Public Libraries Mobilising Advanced Networks)

Keywords Europe's public libraries have an important role to play in the implementation of key policies central to the development of e-Europe. There is a pressing need to spread strategic initiatives adopted in countries across all of Europe and to support implementation in the form of innovative and relevant new services.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.4. : Thematic networks
Background information

PULMAN Final Conference
Pulman
organised its final conference in Oeiras, Portugal, with 200 high level policy representatives from over 36 European countries, including Turkey, Russia, the Ukraine, Spain and the UK in March 2003.
One of the key elements of the conference is to issue a manifesto on behalf of the PULMAN network and those present at the conference, which sets out the goals for the development of public library services and to help drive forward the next phase of innovation amongst public libraries and other local public cultural institutions in Europe. The manifesto is a catalyst for action in realising the goals of the e-Europe action plan .
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/ist/docs/digicult/finalpulmanpressrelease.doc

COMMISSIONER LIIKANEN'S SPEECH
- WRITTEN VERSION:
ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/ist/docs/digicult/oeirasliikanen.doc
- ARTICLE ON THE IST RESULTS PAGES :
http://www.istresults.info/index.cfm?section=news&tpl=news&ID=802

Moreinformationfrom http://www.pulmanweb.org/news/PULMANconference.htm
and from the Portuguese newspaper "Pùblico": article "Europa assina 'Manifesto de Oeiras' em defesa das bibliotecas"

The PULMAN Oeiras Manifesto
This
manifesto which sets outthe goals for the development of public library services and which should help drive forward the next phase of innovation amongst public libraries, archives, museums and other local public cultural institutions in Europe has been adopted during the PULMAN final conference in March 2003.
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Manifesto
> Press release "Manifesto"

The PULMAN Guidelines
These Guidelines are intended to point the way to providing services in the digital era for public libraries working together with other cultural institutions at local level.
Read more

Local services and Community Memory: knowledge sharing and policy support , Presentation given on our unit's concertation day in January 2003

Powerpoint presentation given on IFLA 2002

See also see linked project PULMAN XT

Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.pulmanweb.org/
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PULMAN XT (Extending the European Research Network for Publicc Libraries, Museums, Archives)

Keywords PULMAN -XT is a proposal to extend the benefits of the PULMAN Network, funded under IST FP5 (26 EU member/candidate states). Priority is given to Russia and Turkey represented as full partners. PULMAN -XT will also make available the benefits of PULMAN to 8 additional countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) by stimulating take-up of PULMAN results and supporting development of a strategic agenda for public libraries and local cultural institutions. PULMAN -XT will integrate representatives from these countries in the PULMAN Network through: support for policy development including workshops at national level and enabling participation in the PULMAN Policy Conference in Portugal during March 2003; training and awareness raising attachments in European Centres of Excellence; mentoring/twinning between libraries; support for a core IST research group in each country; and translated PULMAN Digital Guideline Manuals (DGMs).
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.2. : Networks of excellence and working groups in IST
Workprogramme 2002
Website http://www.pulmanweb.org/

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PURE-FORM: The Museum ofPure Form

Keywords The Museum of Pure Form aims at exploring new paradigms of interaction with sculptural pieces of arts.
The Museum of Pure Form is a Virtual Gallery with digitized sculptures from European and worldwide museums, where the visitor can interact, through the senses of touch and sight, with 3D art forms and sculptures. The use of innovative technologies allows users to perceive suitable tactile stimuli and feel the physical contact with the digital model of statues.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.2. : Networks of excellence and working groups in IST
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.pureform.org/

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REGNET (Cultural Heritage in Regional Networks )

Keywords REGNET aims to set up a functional network of service centres in Europe, which provides IT-services dedicated to Cultural Heritage orfanitawilns and will be an enabler of eBusiness activities for CH organizations. Multi media industries enabling the production of electronic publications will be integrated. It will provide access and use of digital data (scientific and cultural) as well as of physical goods as provided by museum shops. The four players within the network are the content providers, the service centre operators, the system developers and end users. The content providers (museums, libraries, archives etc.) will provide access (via wired and wireless communication) to their digital contents, services and products and offer them to their clients (B2C). In return they can use the REGNET facilities for multimedia productions and data base management, or cooperate with other REGNET partners during the creation of data bases, generation of multimedia products or creation of a virtual exhibition (B2B).
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.4. :
Access to digital collections of cultural and scientific content
Background information Powerpoint presentationgiven on IFLA 2002,
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.regnet.org/

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RENAISSANCE: Virtual Renaissance Court

Keywords The RENAISSANCE consortium aims at designing a new technology and methodology to create an innovative genre of video game by means of which players will learn about history. A 3D interface, featuring a completely rebuilt historical environment, will act as a portal to a virtual Internet community. An intelligent agent will constantly check users' actions against historical conventions and define the consequences of their behaviour in the historical social structure. The project foresees the development o a prototype application whose theme will be a typical Renaissance court. The historical environment will be faithfully reproduced and the social and behavioural rules accurately codified. The users will learn about this fascinating time simply playing the role of a courtier, living in the court and directly experiencing its social conventions
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line: III.2.3: Access to scientific and Cultural Heritage
Background information Powerpoint presentation (111KB) /
Workprogramme 1999
More information http://www.cultivate-int.org/issue3/renaissance/

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RENARDUS: Academic Subject Gateway Service Europe

Keywords " REYNARD/RENARDUS " aims to develop a pilot service offering improved subject-based routes to Internet-accessible collections of cultural and scientific information across Europe, working with - and building on - existing information gateway initiatives. The pilot-system will be based on generic broker architecture and data model that will allow integrated searching and browsing of distributed resources collections. The scope and coverage of the broker service will be developed in collaboration with existing project partners to inform standards agreements and technical implementation. Throughout the project, surveys of user requirements, applied research and a shared test environment will allow participating initiatives to experiment with cooperative efforts, devise models for sharing metadata, agree on technical solutions, develop business models and foster standardisation activities.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line: III.2.3: Access to scientific and Cultural Heritage
Background information Powerpoint presentation
Workprogramme 1999
Website http://www.renardus.org/

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SANDALYA: An open platform for accessing, co-operatively authoring and publishing the digital heritage of manuscripts and rare books

Keywords The trial will help tune and showcase the Open Library innovative technology for the management and valorisation of documentary collections in archives and libraries. It will transfer the results of previous research into an ongoing project for the microfilm duplication, description and digitisation of important ecclesiastical manuscripts. The project will provide a substitute for inadequate, heterogeneous and non-scalable IT solutions while fire-testing OpenLibrary in a complex and critical-mass operational context. OpenLibrary solutions will be customised and tuned to user specifications, deployed on a significant scale and thoroughly evaluated. The trial will promote their broad adoption within Cultural Heritage institutions and as an authoring and deployment technology for the media industry.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line: III.1.5.: Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.sandalyaproject.org/

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SCHEMAS: Forum for Metadata Schema implementers

Keywords

The purpose of SCHEMAS is to look at this diverse and often confusing landscape of new and emerging metadata standards from the viewpoint of project or service implementers who must use these standards to design their own interoperable schemas. We picture these schema designers as institutions and companies who want to publish on the Web or provide information services at a high level of access quality. This is precisely the audience that is of interest to developers of software tools for managing metadata and to the developers and maintainers of metadata standards. To delimit the audience in a practical and operational sense, we will focus on institutions and companies that are participating in projects under the IST Programme and in related initiatives on a national level in Europe. Many of these projects will need schemas that are customised but interoperable. Indeed, SCHEMAS could help improve access to European project results while contributing to the standardisation of metadata schemas for EU-sponsored projects in a more general and lasting sense. Such an effort would provide valuable input to the metadata-related standards activities of CEN/ISSS.

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Accompanying measure
Workprogramme 1999
Website http://www.schemas-forum.org/

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SCIX:
Open, self organising repository for scientific information exchange

Keywords The scientific publication process has been so far only marginally affected by the possibilities of the Internet. The reason is a lack of sound business models and pilots to demonstrate the ultimate benefits of free scientific publication. A team of universities, Internet publishers and applied research institutes proposes to demonstrate these benefits and re-engineer parts of the scientific publication process by:
a) building a fully functioning on-line service, where scientific work, including results of EU projects, would be available for free (with content from architecture and civil engineering) and where a virtual on-line community of authors and readers would meet. It will enhance the technologies for the;
b) self organising maintenance and;
c) agent supported adaptive user interface and;
d)define business models where scientific work would be wrapped by commercial sites that would make the content more appealing to people in the industry.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.3. : Next generation digital collections
Workprogramme 2001
Website http://www.scix.net/
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SEAX-DAMAS: SEAX Digital Archive Management and Access System

Keywords SEAX is a comprehensive software package developed by the Essex Record Office to handle all aspects of archive management including cataloguing, search and retrieve facilities to full international standards. The project will trial and evaluate the public access module of SEAX by offering it on the Internet, and in the Branch Record Offices at Colchester and Saffron Walden; and will trial and evaluate the Archivist module in the Northampton record Office in "real life" conditions. The outturns of the project evaluation will be published and a business plan prepared for further exploitation.

Objectives:
The broad objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of SEAX as a comprehensive software system for the total management of archive collections.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.5. : Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000
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TEL: The European Library

Keywords The aim of the project is to develop a pan European distributed digital library with integrated multi-lingual access.
Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Action line Action line III.1.4. : Thematic networks
Background information Powerpoint presentation , Milestone conference report
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.europeanlibrary.org/

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TELLMARIS: Development of a 3D-interface for tourist information on mobile computers

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TellMaris will focus on tourists and the European citizen on the move and their need for rapid and effectively access to correct and customised tourist and leisure information. In the project, boat tourists travelling in the Baltic Sea Region are used as a case. This fragmented product is reflected in a complex information collection.
The main scientific objective in TellMaris is development of new technology to support interactive interaction with 3D maps to retrieve tourist information on mobile computers. This will give the European tourist new means for search and retrieval of tourist information in the three dimensional space. This space reflects in a more natural manner than the 2D map, the human beings perception of the real world.

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Duration From 2001-06-01 to 2003-12-31
Contact person Jan Rasmus SULEBAK, Jan.R.Sulebak@math.sintef.no
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.tellmaris.com/ : information on the prototype, demos, etc.

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TOURBOT: Interactive Museum Tele-presence through Robotic Avatars

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Keywords The current project aims at the development of an interactive tour-guide robot ( TOURBOT ) able to provide individual access to museums' exhibits and Cultural Heritage over the Internet. TOURBOT operates as the user's avatar in the museum by accepting commands over the web that directs it to move in its workspace and visit specific exhibits. The imaged scene is communicated over the Internet to the user. As a result the user enjoys personalized telepresence in the museum, being able to choose the exhibits to visit, as well as the preferred viewing conditions. At the same time TOURBOT will be able to guide on-site museum visitors. TOURBOT has several advantages for both the museum visitor and the museum itself.
Action line Action line: III.2.3: Access to scientific and Cultural Heritage
Background information Powerpoint presentation
Workprogramme 1999
Website http://www.ics.forth.gr/tourbot/

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TPHS: The People's Heritage Showcase

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Keywords To build and trial a user-friendly web based system to automatically collect, create, collate and share visual and text based information from buildings and objects which children consider to be of historical interest. It will provide a scalable, centrally served data management system, with local access to simple digitising equipment. It will establish the viability of contributing to and exploring information from heritage sites.
The project aims to build active online heritage communities, which engender trust, motivation, ownership, and user participation, through the creation of democratic, grass-roots extensions to existing cultural collections. The proposal grows from the success of our existing publishing partnership (Digital Time traveller series) and would re-purpose data structures produced for a national database of children's artwork (Walkers Showcase).
Action line Action line: III.1.5.: Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000

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TREBIS: Trial and evaluation of a Biodiversity Information System for public use
in a natural history museum

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Keywords In this project the Vorarlberger Naturschau, a natural history museum in Dornbirn (Austria), presents digital information about the distribution of animals and plants in Vorarlberg in a multimedia context. Via special software tools the user queries information about biodiversity, endangered species and ecological facts. A major goal is to combine processed database information with digital maps. The unique aspect of the project is the integration of well-established technologies (database management system, geographic information system and a leading edge multimedia front end) to create an attractive environment for user interaction. During the trial software and content is tested by school classes (together with their teachers) and daily visitors under predefined conditions. Evaluation of this process leads to dissemination and adapting the tools.
Action line Action line: III.1.5.: Trials on new access modes to cultural and scientific content
Workprogramme 2000
Website http://www.trebis.org/english/index.html

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TRIS: Trials Support

Factsheet providing Workdescription, Objectives, Milestones, Expected Results as well as the contacts of all Participants and the Coordinator
Keywords The TRIS measure will provide assistance to the TRIAL projects submitted under the IV IST Call in the III.1.5 AL. It will analyse the portfolio of selected projects and identify relevant clusters among them to increase their impact and to help them reach critical mass. TRIS will catalyse their opportunities to produce viable and standardised solutions, effectively approaching the markets in Europe and the neighbouring areas. It will heighten their profile through their collective dissemination and promotion to national and international bodies and the media. At the same time, it will analyse and reconsider the TRIAL format in itself and the related submission/evaluation process, providing contributions to its streamlining and promotion to foster a wider and more informed participation to future Calls. It will also help identify priorities at the national and international levels in relation to the research objectives in the 6th FP.
Action line Action line: VIII.1.1.: Project clusters
Workprogramme 2000
Additional information IFLA 2002 Report & have a look on our events page
Website http://www.trisweb.org/tris/trisportalpro/home/default.asp
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