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ARCOMEM

Project reference: 270239
Funded under: FP7-ICT

ARCOMEM: ARchive COmmunities MEMories\n\nFrom Collect-All Archives to Community Memories – \nLeveraging the Wisdom of the Crowds for Intelligent Preservation [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2011-01-01 to 2013-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 009 198

EU contribution:

EUR 6 000 000

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

The vision of the ARCOMEM project is to leverage the Wisdom of the Crowds for content appraisal, selection and preservation, so that archives reflect collective memory and social content perception

ARCOMEM is about memory institutions like archives, museums, and libraries in the age of the Social Web. Memory institutions are more important now than ever: as we face greater economic and environmental challenges we need our understanding of the past to help us navigate to a sustainable future. This is a core function of democracies, but this function faces stiff new challenges in face of the Social Web, and of the radical changes in information creation, communication and citizen involvement that currently characterise our information society (e.g., there are now more social network hits than Google searches). Social media are becoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life. In the UK, for example, it is now not unknown for a government minister to answer a parliamentary question using Twitter, and this material is both ephemeral and highly contextualised, making it increasingly difficult for a political archivist to decide what to preserve.

This new world challenges the relevance and power of our memory institutions. To respond to these challenges, ARCOMEM's aim is to:

  • help transform archives into collective memories that are more tightly integrated withtheir community of users
  • exploit Social Web and the wisdom of crowds to make Web archiving a more selective and meaning-based process

To do this, the project team will provide innovative tools for archivists to help exploit the new media and make our organisational memories richer and more relevant. This will be addressed in three ways:

  • First, it will be demonstrated how social media can help archivists select material for inclusion, providing content appraisal via the social web.
  • Second, it will be shown how social media mining can enrich archives, moving towards structured preservation around semantic categories.
  • Third, reserach will explore social, community and user-based archive creation methods.

As results of this activity the outcomes of the ARCOMEM project will include:

  • innovative models and tools for Social Web driven content appraisal and selection, and intelligent content acquisition
  • novel methods for Social Web analysis, Web crawling and mining, event and topicdetection and consolidation, and multimedia content mining
  • reusable components for archive enrichment and contextualization
  • two complementary example applications, the first for media-related Web archives and the second for political archives
  • a standards-oriented ARCOMEM demonstration system

The impact of these outcomes will be to a) reduce the risk of losing irreplaceable ephemeral webinformation, b) facilitate cost-efficient and effective archive creation, and c) support the creation of more valuable archives. This has the potential to strengthen our democracies' understanding of the past, in order to better direct our present towards viable and sustainable modes of living, and thus to make a contribution to the future of Europe and beyond.

Objective

ARCOMEM is about memory institutions like archives, museums, and libraries in the age of the\nSocial Web. Memory institutions are more important now than ever: as we face greater\neconomic and environmental challenges we need our understanding of the past to help us\nnavigate to a sustainable future. This is a core function of democracies, but this function faces\nstiff new challenges in face of the Social Web, and of the radical changes in information\ncreation, communication and citizen involvement that currently characterise our information\nsociety (e.g., there are now more social network hits than Google searches). Social media are\nbecoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life. In the UK, for example, it is now not\nunknown for a government minister to answer a parliamentary question using Twitter, and this\nmaterial is both ephemeral and highly contextualised, making it increasingly difficult for a\npolitical archivist to decide what to preserve.\nThis new world challenges the relevance and power of our memory institutions. To answer these\nchallenges, ARCOMEM's aim is to:\n· help transform archives into collective memories that are more tightly integrated with\ntheir community of users\n· exploit Social Web and the wisdom of crowds to make Web archiving a more selective\nand meaning-based process\nTo do this we will provide innovative tools for archivists to help exploit the new media and\nmake our organisational memories richer and more relevant. We will do this in three ways:\n· first we will show how social media can help archivists select material for inclusion,\nproviding content appraisal via the social web\n· second we will show how social media mining can enrich archives, moving towards\nstructured preservation around semantic categories\n· third we will look at social, community and user-based archive creation methods\nAs results of this activity the outcomes of the ARCOMEM project will include:\n· innovative models and tools for Social Web driven content appraisal and selection, and\nintelligent content acquisition\n· novel methods for Social Web analysis, Web crawling and mining, event and topic\ndetection and consolidation, and multimedia content mining\n· reusable components for archive enrichment and contextualization\n· two complementary example applications, the first for media-related Web archives and\nthe second for political archives\n· a standards-oriented ARCOMEM demonstration system\nThe impact of these outcomes will be to a) reduce the risk of losing irreplaceable ephemeral web\ninformation, b) facilitate cost-efficient and effective archive creation, and c) support the creation\nof more valuable archives. In this way we hope to strengthen our democracies' understanding of\nthe past, in order to better direct our present towards viable and sustainable modes of living, and\nthus to make a contribution to the future of Europe and beyond.

Related information

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Wim PETERS, (Natural Language Processing group)
Tel.: +44-114-2221902
Fax: +44 114-2221810
E-mail

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Glossop Road 231
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joanne Watson
Tel.: +44 114 222 4754
Fax: +44 114 222 1455
E-mail

Participants

Parlamentsdirektion
Austria
Dr. Karl Renner-Ring
Vienna, Austria
Administrative contact: Günther Schefbeck
Tel.: +43 1 4011 02236
Fax: +43 1 4011 02537
E-mail
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
Welfengarten
HANNOVER, Germany
Administrative contact: Gabriele Herrmann-Krotz
Tel.: +49 511 762 17713
Fax: +49 511 76217779
E-mail
DEUTSCHE WELLE
Germany
KURT-SCHUMACHER-STRASSE
BONN, Germany
Administrative contact: Wilfried Runde
Tel.: +492284292624
Fax: +492284292670
E-mail
SUDWESTRUNDFUNK
Germany
NECKARSTRASSE
STUTTGART, Germany
Administrative contact: Robert FISCHER
Tel.: +49 7221 9294124
Fax: +49 7221 9294104
E-mail
YAHOO IBERIA SL
Spain
CALLE MARIA DE MOLINA 40 QUINTA
MADRID, Spain
Administrative contact: Alejandro Jaimes
Tel.: +34 93 2381400
Fax: +34 931838901
E-mail
Institut Mines-Telecom
France
RUE BARRAULT
PARIS, France
Administrative contact: Sophie Berenger
Tel.: +33145817848
Fax: +33145813119
E-mail
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT
Greece
Vassilissis Sofias
Athens, Greece
Administrative contact: Dimitris Koryzis
Tel.: +302103735120
Fax: +302103735095
E-mail
ATHENA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGIES
Greece
ARTEMIDOS 6 KAI EPIDAVROU
MAROUSSI, Greece
Administrative contact: Kika Kalogeropoulou
Tel.: +30 210 699 0522
Fax: +30 210 699 0552
E-mail
ATHENS TECHNOLOGY CENTER SA
Greece
Rizariou
ATHENS, Greece
Administrative contact: Marylene Garnier
Tel.: +302106874300
Fax: +302106855564
E-mail
STICHTING INTERNET MEMORY FOUNDATION
Netherlands
KEIZERSGRACHT
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Nathalie PISCHON
Tel.: +33954878293
Fax: +33959878293
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Highfield
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Yan Qiao
Tel.: +44 23 80593907
Fax: +44 23 80592195
E-mail
Record Number: 97303 / Last updated on: 2014-09-03