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The EVA project offers a digital archive from the 19th century

By using photographs from the London Metropolitan Archives, and Stadsarchief Antwerpen, the European Commission's EVA (European Visual Archive) project will offer a century of visual recollections through digitised archive collections. This archive will include photographs tak...
By using photographs from the London Metropolitan Archives, and Stadsarchief Antwerpen, the European Commission's EVA (European Visual Archive) project will offer a century of visual recollections through digitised archive collections. This archive will include photographs taken between 1900 and 2000.

The aim of the EVA project, which is one of the projects selected following the 1997 call for proposals for exploiting Europe's Public Sector Information, is to improve the functionality of large-scale repositories of photographic content. This will be done by providing rich and powerful interactive features, navigation and search tools as well as advanced management techniques for European digital archives.

To achieve this, the EVA team will:

- Set up guidelines and adopt existing standards for description of digital photographic content;
- Develop standard measures for archival quality of digital images for multimedia material;
- Make the content available in a range of European languages (including translation to English from Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic);
- Recommend best practice on copyright issues and promote common pricing policies and charging systems;
- Select efficient search and navigation tools to promote interoperability and accessibility;
- Set up a pilot based on an open architecture and develop a commercial working model;
- Promote the work of the project to the multimedia industry.

The website is intended for use by professionals and the multimedia industry, as well as for the general public.

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