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ARCOMEM

Project reference: 270239
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ARCOMEM: ARchive COmmunities MEMories\n\nFrom Collect-All Archives to Community Memories – \nLeveraging the Wisdom of the Crowds for Intelligent Preservation

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-2009-6See other projects for this call

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 theSocial Web. Memory institutions are more important now than ever: as we face greatereconomic and environmental challenges we need our understanding of the past to help usnavigate to a sustainable future. This is a core function of democracies, but this function facesstiff new challenges in face of the Social Web, and of the radical changes in informationcreation, communication and citizen involvement that currently characterise our informationsociety (e.g., there are now more social network hits than Google searches). Social media arebecoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life. In the UK, for example, it is now notunknown for a government minister to answer a parliamentary question using Twitter, and thismaterial is both ephemeral and highly contextualised, making it increasingly difficult for apolitical archivist to decide what to preserve.This new world challenges the relevance and power of our memory institutions. To answer thesechallenges, 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 selectiveand meaning-based processTo do this we will provide innovative tools for archivists to help exploit the new media andmake our organisational memories richer and more relevant. We will do this in three ways:· first we will show how social media can help archivists select material for inclusion,providing content appraisal via the social web· second we will show how social media mining can enrich archives, moving towardsstructured preservation around semantic categories· third we will look at social, community and user-based archive creation methodsAs results of this activity the outcomes of the ARCOMEM project will include:· innovative models and tools for Social Web driven content appraisal and selection, andintelligent 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 andthe second for political archives· a standards-oriented ARCOMEM demonstration systemThe 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 creationof more valuable archives. In this way we hope to strengthen our democracies' understanding ofthe past, in order to better direct our present towards viable and sustainable modes of living, andthus to make a contribution to the future of Europe and beyond.

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Coordinator contact

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

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 927 006


Glossop Road 231
S10 2GW Sheffield
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joanne Watson
Tel.: +44 114 222 4754
Fax: +44 114 222 1455
E-mail

Participants

Parlamentsdirektion
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 220 656


Dr. Karl Renner-Ring
1017 Vienna
Austria
Administrative contact: Günther Schefbeck
Tel.: +43 1 4011 02236
Fax: +43 1 4011 02537
E-mail
SUDWESTRUNDFUNK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 302 240


NECKARSTRASSE
70190 STUTTGART
Germany
Administrative contact: Robert FISCHER
Tel.: +49 7221 9294124
Fax: +49 7221 9294104
E-mail
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 786 520


Welfengarten
30167 HANNOVER
Germany
Administrative contact: Gabriele Herrmann-Krotz
Tel.: +49 511 762 17713
Fax: +49 511 76217779
E-mail
DEUTSCHE WELLE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 314 586


KURT-SCHUMACHER-STRASSE
53113 BONN
Germany
Administrative contact: Wilfried Runde
Tel.: +492284292624
Fax: +492284292670
E-mail
YAHOO IBERIA SL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 583 232


CALLE MARIA DE MOLINA 40 QUINTA
28006 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Alejandro Jaimes
Tel.: +34 93 2381400
Fax: +34 931838901
E-mail
Institut Mines-Telecom
France

EU contribution: EUR 606 593


RUE BARRAULT
75634 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Sophie Berenger
Tel.: +33145817848
Fax: +33145813119
E-mail
ATHENS TECHNOLOGY CENTER SA
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 417 150


Rizariou
15233 ATHENS
Greece
Administrative contact: Marylene Garnier
Tel.: +302106874300
Fax: +302106855564
E-mail
ATHENA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGIES
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 559 600


ARTEMIDOS 6 KAI EPIDAVROU
151 25 MAROUSSI
Greece
Administrative contact: Kika Kalogeropoulou
Tel.: +30 210 699 0522
Fax: +30 210 699 0552
E-mail
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 116 000


Vassilissis Sofias
10021 Athens
Greece
Administrative contact: Dimitris Koryzis
Tel.: +302103735120
Fax: +302103735095
E-mail
STICHTING INTERNET MEMORY FOUNDATION
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 649 640


KEIZERSGRACHT
1015 CS AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Nathalie PISCHON
Tel.: +33954878293
Fax: +33959878293
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 516 777


Highfield
SO17 1BJ SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Yan Qiao
Tel.: +44 23 80593907
Fax: +44 23 80592195
E-mail
Record Number: 97303 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01