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Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services

Objective

BRICKS aims at establishing the organisational and technological foundations of a Digital Library based on European Digital Memory. A "digital library" in this context refers to a networked system of services over globally available collections of multimedia digital documents. The BRICKS results will constitute the main assets of a Factory, which has been subsidised by the Consortium partners and the ED for the duration of the Project, but will sustain itself in the future.

The mission of the BRICKS Factory is the definition, development and maintenance of a user- and service-oriented space to share knowledge and resources in the Cultural Heritage domain. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, BRICKS must advance the Status of the Art in the Digital Libraries in the following aspects:
a) employ a service-oriented approach, focusing on the right added value for the user, in contrast to the traditional content-oriented approach;
b) rely on a distributed open infrastructure, in order to reduce the cost of development and deployment of new services by maximising the re-use of existing results and to reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the need for a centralized organisational and/or technical infrastructure:
c) see emergent semantics as an evolutionary process, derived from local interactions and agreements in order to overcome linguistic and ontological barriers and realise a shared knowledge space.

The critical mass needed to sustain and develop this scientific and technical impact requires the use of the innovative instrument designed by the EC in the 6th Framework: the Integrated Project. BRICKS is integrated in the following ways: - it aims at integrating the wide spectrum of experience and background present in its Consortium: research, business, technology, art and culture; - its integration of concrete objectives (four main user application scenarios) and an ambitious vision for the future of Digital Cultural Heritage.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA - S.P.A.
Address
Via San Martino Della Battaglia 56
00185 Roma
Italy

Participants (21)

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
Address
Donau-city Str. 1
1220 Wien
ARCHIVUM SECRETUM APOSTOLICUM VATICANUM
Holy See/Vatican City
Address

00120 Citta' Del Vaticano
CANOO ENGINEERING AG
Switzerland
Address
Kirschgartenstrasse 7
4051 Basel
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Station 1, Batiment Ce
1015 Lausanne
FORMA ( CENTRO DI ) FORMAZIONE E RICERCHE PER METODOLOGIE APPLICATE ALLA CONSERVAZIONE, GESTIONE E COMUNICAZIONE DEI BENI CULTURALI E AMBIENTALI
Italy
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
METAWARE SOCIETA PER AZIONI
Italy
Address
Via Turati 43-45
56125 Pisa
MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITA CULTURALI
Italy
Address
Via Del Collegio Romano 27
00186 Roma
MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITA CULTURALI-DISCOTECA DI STATO
Italy
Address
Via Caetani 32
00186 Roma
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Christou Lada 6
10561 Athina
NICHOLAS P. GOULANDRIS FOUNDATION - MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
Greece
Address
4, Neophytou Douka Street
GR 106 74 Athens
OESTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK
Austria
Address
Josefsplatz 1
1015 Wien
POLYDISPLAY ASA
Norway
Address
Nedre Gokstadv 15
3228 Sandefjord
RUSSIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE NETWORK
Russia
Address
Dept. 110, Vavilova St. 57
117292 Moscow
SISTEMI INFORMATIVI SRL
Italy
Address
Via Cesare Battisti, 101
56100 Pisa
STUDIO AZZURRO PRODUZIONI SRL
Italy
Address
Via Davanzati Bernardo, 5
20158 Milano
THE EUROPEAN MUSEUM OF THE YEAR AWARD TRUST
United Kingdom
Address

BS99 5ST Bristol
THE MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
16 Queen Anne's Gate
SW1H 9AA London
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Firenze