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CASPAR

Project ID: 033572
Funded under

Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge Preservation, for Access and Retrieval

From 2006-04-01 to 2009-09-30, closed project | CASPAR Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 15 078 563

EU contribution:

EUR 8 799 996

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

FP6-2005-IST-5See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Protecting our digital heritage for future generations

This large-scale project addressed the growing challenge of preserving digital information, upon which society is increasingly dependent but which is intrinsically fragile. The CASPAR team has created a framework of tools and infrastructure components to support the end-to-end preservation of all types of digitally encoded information and thus help producers, curators and users of digital resources share the burden of preservation.

Work in CASPAR was driven by the following objectives:

  • enhance techniques for capturing representation information and other preservation related information;
    design virtualisation services for preserving resources despite changes in computer hardware and software and storage systems;
  • ensure trustworthiness of preserved data with standard features for digital rights management, authentication, and accreditation;
  • research more sophisticated access to and use of preserved digital resources such as intuitive query and browsing mechanisms.

The project established an authoritative foundation methodology for digital preservation activities. Guiding principle was the application of the Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model (OAIS, ISO 14721).

Further, through training and dissemination activities, CASPAR contributed to raising awareness about the critical importance of digital preservation among the relevant user-communities. This should facilitate the emergence of a more diverse offer of systems and services for preservation of digital resources.

The CASPAR infrastructure components and tools proved to be applicable to essentially all types of digitally encoded information, whether from an archival or contemporary source. This is important because the artefacts created in the preservation process, for example for access control, will also require preservation, as will the CASPAR key components themselves.

CASPAR has brought together a consortium covering important digital holdings, representing scientific, cultural and creative expertise, together with commercial partners, and world leaders in the field of information preservation.

Testbeds
To validate the research work, CASPAR was tested with different types of digital information, in a wide range of user communities: science, performing arts and cultural heritage. The testbeds produced were embedded in operational systems within the CASPAR consortium, but were easy to integrate into other operational systems.

  • Cultural data: The UNESCO World Heritage testbed dealt with preservation of all data necessary to document, visualise and model archaeological sites. CASPAR provided a valuable resource to assist conservation experts in restoring the associated site even if its original state changes or deteriorates.
  • Contemporary art: This testbed focused on computer-based arts, such as contemporary music, which produces highly complex objects and relies on specific hardware, instructions and interaction devices. To recreate performances, the archive must allow the retrieval of all these elements.
  • Science data: This testbed assessed the requirements of the Earth Science community, where information - such as long-term records of atmospheric data – is being collected with varying instruments and processed with evolving software.

A worldwide network of users
The Preservation User Community founded by CASPAR is a worldwide network of professionals and organisations with a stake in the preservation of digital information: curators, service providers, memory institutions, researchers, and creators and users of digital resources in general.

Objective

CASPAR will address the growing challenge facing society of a deluge of intrinsically fragile digital information, upon which it is increasingly dependent, by building a pioneering framework to support the end-to-end preservation "lifecycle" for scientific, artistic and cultural information, based on existing and emerging standards. The ambitious challenge to build up a common preservation framework for heterogeneous data and variety of innovative applications will be achieved through the following objectives:- to establish the foundation methodology for covering all preservation aspects. The first RandD activity of CASPAR is a broad analysis that lays the foundations for the rest of the project. The guiding principle of CASPAR is the application of the OAIS Reference Model- to research, develop and integrate advanced components to be used in all the preservation activities. These components will be the building blocks of the CASPAR Framework- to create the CASPAR framework: the software platform that enables the building of services and applications that can be adapted to multiple areas and, in particular, to the three testbeds envisaged in the project- to demonstrate the validity of the CASPAR through heterogeneous testbeds, covering a wide range of disciplines from science to culture to contemporary arts and media, providing a reliable common infrastructure for allThe CASPAR consortium will guarantee the future evolution of CASPAR. This ambitious goal will be pursued through: - the building of the CASPAR preservation user community creating consensus around the initiative and gathering a critical mass of potential users- The realisation of a self-sustainable model for the CASPAR process.To achieve this, CASPAR brings together a consortium covering important digital holdings, with the appropriate extensive scientific, cultural and creative expertise, together with commercial partners, and world leaders in the field of information preservation.

Coordinator contact

David Giaretta, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +44 1235 446 235
Fax: +44 1235 446 362
E-mail

Coordinator

THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 1 340 082


United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: David Giaretta
Tel.: +44-1235-446235
Fax: +44-1235-446362
E-mail

Participants

CIANT - MEZINARODNI CENTRUM PRO UMENI A NOVE TECHNOLOGIE V PRAZE
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 265 000


KAMYK IMRYCHOVA 882
14300 PRAHA 12
Czech Republic
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Pavel Sedlak
Tel.: +420296330965
Fax: +420296330964
E-mail
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
France

EU contribution: EUR 694 737


8-10, RUE MARIO NIKIS
75738 PARIS CEDEX 15
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Luigi Fusco
Tel.: +39 0694180530
Fax: +39 0694180532
E-mail
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE ET DE COORDINATION ACOUSTIQUE MUSIQUE - IRCAM
France

EU contribution: EUR 599 500


RUE SAINT MERRI 31
75004 PARIS
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: HUGUES VINET
Tel.: +33-01-44784888
Fax: +33-01-44781540
Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
France

EU contribution: EUR 454 375


4, AVENUE DE L'EUROPE
94366 BRY SUR MARNE
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Daniel TERUGGI
Tel.: 33149832908
Fax: 33149832582
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 397 817


3, RUE MICHEL-ANGE
75794 PARIS CEDEX 16
France
Administrative contact: Bruno Bachimont
Tel.: 33 3 44234974
Fax: 33 3 44234477
E-mail
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France

EU contribution: EUR 355 970


7, PLACE DE FONTENOY
75352 PARIS 07
France
Administrative contact: Mario Hernandez
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 343 940


VASSILIKA VOUTON
17671 IRAKLIO, CRETE
Greece
Administrative contact: VASSILIS CHRISTOPHIDES
Tel.: +30 281 0391628
Fax: +30 281 0391638
E-mail
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 647 750


94 DERECH EM-HAMOSHAVOT
49527 PETACH TIKVA
Israel
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Dalit Naor
E-mail
METAWARE SOCIETA PER AZIONI
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 725 003


VIA TURATI 43-45
56125 PISA
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Silvia Boi
Tel.: +39 050 3871400
Fax: +39 050 3871401
E-mail
ASEMANTICS SRL UNINOMINALE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 325 610


CORSO SAN GALLO 27
52048 MONTE SAN SAVINO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Zavisa Bjelogrlic
E-mail
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 549 278


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Carlo Meghini
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI URBINO CARLO BO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 342 064


VIA SAFFI 2
61029 URBINO
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Guercio Maria
Tel.: 003907222940
Fax: 00390722377021
E-mail
ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS A.C.S. S.P.A.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 551 500


VIA DELLA BUFALOTTA 378
00139 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Ugo Di Giammatteo
Tel.: +39 06 870901
Fax: +39 06 87201502
E-mail
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 529 000


VIA SAN MARTINO DELLA BATTAGLIA 56
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Massimo Bertoncini
Tel.: +3906 49201425
Fax: +3906 49201340
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 261 250


WOODHOUSE LANE
LS2 9JT LEEDS
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: KIA NG
Tel.: +44-113-3432572
Fax: +44-113-3432586
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 417 120


UNIVERSITY AVENUE
G12 8QQ GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Seamus Ross
Tel.: +44 141 3303635
Fax: +44 141 3303788
E-mail
COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUTHERFORD APPLETON LABORATORY
OX11 0QX CHILTON, DIDCOT
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: David Giaretta
Tel.: +44-1235-446235
Fax: +44-1235-446362
E-mail
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