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DPE

Project ID: 034762
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DigitalPreservationEurope

From 2006-04-01 to 2009-03-31, closed project | DPE Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 1 450 849

EU contribution:

EUR 1 450 849

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

FP6-2005-IST-5See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CA - Coordination action

Description

The Coordination Action DigitalPreservationEurope was launched in order to improve cooperation and consistency in current activities to secure effective preservation of digital materials.

Project description

Proliferation of digital content has resulted in an increasingly urgent need for commercial organisations, the public sector and individual users to protect their digital resources from the risk of getting lost and to preserve their accessibility over time. Digital preservation being too big an issue for individual institutions or even sectors to address independently, concerted action at both national and international level is required.

The Coordination Action DigitalPreservationEurope was launched in order to improve cooperation and consistency in current activities to secure effective preservation of digital materials. To this end, the project has facilitated pooling of the complementary expertise that exists across the academic research, cultural institutions, public administrations and industry sectors in Europe.

More specifically, DPE's project partners have lead work to:

  • raise the profile of digital preservation;
  • ensure auditable and certificated standards for digital preservation processes are selected and introduced;
  • facilitate skills development through training packages;
  • enable relevant research coordination and exchange;
  • develop and promote a research agenda roadmap;
  • help both citizens and specialist professionals recognise the central role that digital preservation plays in their lives and work.

Results

  • In conjunction with the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC) DPE released the DRAMBORA toolkit and held tutorials to support its adoption. DRAMBORA facilitates internal audit by providing repository administrators with a means to assess their capabilities, identify their weaknesses, and recognise their strengths.
  • A Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories (PLATTER) has been designed. It provides a basis for a digital repository to plan the development of its goals, objectives and performance targets over the course of its lifetime in a manner which will contribute to the repository establishing trusted status amongst its stakeholders.
  • Within the work package 'Coordination of EU Repository Activities', DPE has designed a Registry of Digital Repositories in order to monitor and assess information on preservation policies and practices of organisations responsible for the long-term management of digital materials. Further, DPE has launched a service to issue unique identifiers for digital objects. Another result of this work is a guidance document for repository planners seeking to achieve trusted status, consistent with internationally accepted standards for repository management.
  • Among the DPE publications, available form the project website, are a state of the art review on international competence centres for digital curation and preservation activities and expertise; a 'Market and Technology Trends Analysis' on needs and plans of main stakeholders and technological solutions available for digital preservation; a report on the legal framework on repository infrastructure impacting on cooperation across EU Member States; a 'Digital Preservation Research Roadmap' identifying core domains for preservation research; and a series of briefing papers providing concise overviews of key digital preservation and curation issues.
  • DPE also has established training programmes on digital preservation, run several training courses and created an online training materials repository.

Objective

Electronic resources are a central part of our cultural and intellectual heritage, but this material is at risk. Digital memory needs constant management, using new techniques and processes, to contain such risks as technological obsolescence. Risk begins before the digital record is created and continues for as long as the digital object needs to be retained. Digital preservation is too big an issue for individual institutions or even sectors to address independently. Concerted action at both national and international level is required. DigitalPreservationEurope, building on the earlier successful work of ERPANET, facilitates pooling of the complementary expertise that exists across the academic research, cultural, public administration and industry sectors in Europe.
DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) fosters collaboration and synergies between many existing national initiatives across the European Research Area. DPE addresses the need to improve coordination, cooperation and consistency in current activities to secure effective preservation of digital materials. DPE's project partners lead work to: (a) raise the profile of digital preservation; (b) promote the ability of Member States acting together to add value to digital preservation activities across Europe; (c) use cross-sectoral cooperation to avoid redundancy and duplication of effort; (d) ensure auditable and certificated standards for digital preservation processes are selected and introduced; (e) facilitate skills development through training packages; (f) enable relevant research coordination and exchange; (g) develop and promote a research agenda roadmap; and (h) help both citizens and specialist professionals recognise the central role that digital preservation plays in their lives and work. DPE's success will help to secure a shared knowledge base of the processes, synergy of activity, systems and techniques needed for the long-term management of digital material.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 378 335


George Service House, 11 University Gardens, University of G
G12 8QH Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Seamus Ross
Tel.: +44 141 3303635
Fax: +44 141 3303788
E-mail

Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 116 444


KARLSPLATZ 13
1040 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Andreas Rauber
Tel.: +4315880118826
Fax: +4315880118826
NARODNI KNIHOVNA CESKE REPUBLIKY
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 105 107


KLEMENTINUM 190
110 01 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Bohdana Stoklasová
Tel.: +420-221663293
Fax: +420-222220370
E-mail
FERNUNIVERSITAET IN HAGEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 93 081


FEITHSTRASSE 152
58097 HAGEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Matthias Hemmje
Tel.: +49 2331-987304
Fax: +49 23319874487
E-mail
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 26 440


UNTER DEN LINDEN 6
10099 BERLIN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: PETER SCHIRMBACHER
Tel.: +49 30 20937010
Fax: +49 30 20932959
E-mail
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 25 350


WILHELMSPLATZ
37073 GOETTINGEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Norbert Lossau
Tel.: +49 551 39 5212
Fax: +49 551 39 5222
E-mail
STATSBIBLIOTEKET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 169 219


UNIVERSITETSPARKEN
8000 ARHUS C
Denmark
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard
Tel.: +45 89 46 23 80
Fax: +45 89 46 22 20
E-mail
FONDAZIONE RINASCIMENTO DIGITALE-NUOVE TECNOLOGIE PER I BENI CULTURALI
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 116 870


VIA MAURIZIO BUFALINI 6
50122 FIRENZE
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: MAURIZIO LUNGHI
Tel.: +39-055-2613905
Fax: +39-055-2613906
E-mail
MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITA CULTURALI
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 131 479


VIA DEL COLLEGIO ROMANO 27
00186 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Luciano Scala
Tel.: +39 06 36216300
Fax: +39 06 3216437
VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania

EU contribution: EUR 127 827


UNIVERSITETO G. 3
01513 VILNIUS
Lithuania
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Audrone Glosiene
Tel.: +370 5 2366110
Fax: +370 5 2366104
E-mail
NATIONAAL ARCHIEF
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 160 697


PRINS WILLEM ALEXANDERHOF 20
2595 BE DEN HAAG
Netherlands
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Hans Hofman
Tel.: +31570 3315436
Fax: +3170 331 5499
E-mail
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