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A network of Excellence on Digital Libraries

Objective

DELOS will provide a context for the continuous development of an international research agenda and constitute a reference point for Digital Library (DL) projects funded by the IST Programme, stimulating the exchange of experiences in this multidisciplinary area. It will make testbeds available, facilitate their interoperability, and provide mechanisms for the evaluation of models, techniques, and approaches, and the exchange of open-source software components. It will contribute to the definition of relevant standards. Appropriate take-up models will be developed to facilitate the exploitation of DL technologies by industry. A network of links with the international research community will be created. The activities will be organized under five Forums: DL Research, Evaluation, Standardization, Dissemination and Technology Transfer, International Co-operation.

Objectives:
The aim of the proposed Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries is to provide an open context in which an international research agenda for future research activities in the digital library domain can be developed and continuously updated. It will constitute a reference point for all DL projects funded by the IST Programme, stimulating the exchange of experiences and know-how in this multidisciplinary domain, and will also establish close contacts with relevant application communities. It will make testbeds available, facilitate their interoperability, and provide mechanisms for the evaluation of models, techniques, and approaches, and the exchange of open-source software components. It will contribute to the definition of relevant standards. Appropriate take-up models will be studied to facilitate the exploitation of the new DL technologies in the industrial/commercial environment. A network of links with the international DL research community will be created.

Work description:
The DELOS NoE will carry out a broad range of interrelated activities organized under five Forums. Each Forum is structured according to the Workpackage-Task hierarchy. All the activities will be open to the European DL research world and the relevant application communities (electronic publishing, libraries, cultural heritage, archives, etc.).

DIGITAL LIBRARY RESEARCH FORUM:
Aimed at stimulating the advancement of DL-related research and encouraging scientific collaboration between European teams working in this domain through the organization of
(i) thematic workshops,
(ii) European Conferences on Digital Libraries,
(iii) an international research exchange programme.

DIGITAL LIBRARY EVALUATION FORUM: DL evaluation implies defining new metrics for components and new combinations of components in order to measure performance aspects related to DL interoperability, metadata and resource discovery, multilingual access, etc.
DELOS will promote the building and operation of publicly available reusable evaluation infrastructures:
(i) a digital test suite and
(ii) a cross-language system evaluation infrastructure.

STANDARDIZATION FORUM:
Working Groups will be set up to
(i) examine specific clusters of relevant standards
(ii) effect the transfer of research results into implementation,
(iii) disseminate results through reports, proceedings, Web-based observatories, etc.

TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FORUM:
Aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of DL technologies within European industrial/commercial environments.
The NoE will adopt the following take-up activities:
(i) training,
(ii) International Summer School.

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FORUM:
Collaborations will be established with those countries for which a scientific cooperation agreement is defined under FP5 (e.g., USA, Russia, etc.).


Milestones:
Series of Thematic Workshops;
Annual Conference on Digital Libraries;
Annual Summer School;
An Evaluation Infrastructure for Cross Language Information Retrieval Systems;
A Digital Library Test Suite;
Annual Report on Standardization Activities;
Training Courses;
Annual Report on International Collaborations.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

GEIE ERCIM
Address
2004, Route Des Lucioles Sophia Antipolis
06410 Biot
France

Participants (5)

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Address
Raina Blvd, 19
1586 Riga
NACZELNA DYREKCJA ARCHIWOW PANSTWOWYCH
Poland
Address
Ul. Dluga 6
00-950 Warszawa
NATIONAL SZECHENYI LIBRARY
Hungary
Address
Budavari Palota Wing F
1827 Budapest
STOWARZYSZENIE MIEDZYNARODOWE CENTRUM ZARZADZANIA INFORMACJA
Poland
Address
Krasinskiego 121/113
87-100 Torun
UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
Address
Safarikovo Nam 6
Bratislava 16