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European NETwork of centres of excellence: digital CULTURE research and education network

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-37491

  • Start date

    1 July 2002

  • End date

    30 June 2003

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 439 371

  • EU contribution

    € 439 371

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

Objective

This project is a preparatory action for E-Culture Net. A consortium of at least 24 members from 15 countries, 6 existing networks and links with 2 networks abroad, has been formed to evolve into a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in the 6thFP. The project will refine the vision and structure; explore expansion and links with emerging national and other networks. It will identify/define research topics; how teaching can focus those topics; how broadband pilots can generate new research topics among partners and lay the foundation for a Distributed European Electronic Resource (DEER) for research and higher education.

Objectives:
The objective is to develop research roadmaps and implementation models to prepare for future RTD activities. The goal is to create a research framework, that will address especially the knowledge life-cycle applied to advanced digital libraries, culture and arts and extends to all five of the fields in the call. The project will explore how existing specialized networks, emerging national networks and the new consortium can be structured and expanded to evolve into a network in the 6th FP to achieve a European Research Area (ERA) in digital culture within the E-Europe vision. The emerging network will identify/define research topics; how an outline for an European Masters can focus those topics; how pilot broadband content from research results (IST, FET), can be used to generate new research question and lay the foundation for a Distributed European Electronic Resource (DEER) using JISC's DNER as a model.

Work description:
The consortium consists of 1 co-ordinator, 7 partners and 16 members, 6 networks within Europe, and two networks outside Europe (Canada, Japan) (Appendix 1). There are preliminary steps towards national networks in 5 countries (AT, GB, IT, NL, SP). Some of these national networks (e.g.NL) have consortia with industry, memory institutions, and research institutes.
Work Package 1 (WP1), with representatives from 13 countries, will refine the vision and structure for ECulture Net;
WP2 explores expansion to Newly Accessed States (NAS) and other networks;
WP3 identifies/defines research topics through a survey of expertise, projects and demos;
WP4 outlines a future European Masters Course to give focus to research topics;
WP5 identifies/defines pilots for existing broadband content from research (IST, FET) to inspire new research. A conference in month 5 will bring all the partners together and should coincide with the first call for FP6 (December 2002);
WP6 explores how this content can lay the foundation for a Distributed European Electronic Resource (DEER), addressing new e-learning methods, user interfaces, the potentials of EMII's Distributed Content Framework (dcf) and list issues that require national or international guidelines (charging, copyright, fair use, authentication, preservation, diversities of language). A second conference towards the end of the project (month 12) will bring all the partners together and further define the next steps to be taken. WP6 will create a secretariat to manage the project and the future network.

Milestones:
The key milestones will be two conferences in months 5 and 12, which bring together all the members to discuss the results of deliverables 1-5 (due month 4) and 8 -11 (due month 11) respectively. With respect to WP4, WP5 and WP6 interim meetings are planned although the precise dates have not yet been fixed.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Address

Netherlands

Participants (27)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

ASSOCIATION LAVAL MAYENNE TECHNOPOLE

France

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE ET DE RESTAURATION DES MUSEES DE FRANCE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ART ET DE CULTURE GEORGES POMPIDOU

France

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LA GESTIONE DEL CENTRO DI CALCOLO ELETTRONICO DELL'ITALIA NORD-ORIENTALE

Italy

FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD

Greece

ISTITUTO PER LE TECNOLOGIE APPLICATE AI BELLI CULTURALI (CNR-ITABC)

Italy

KONSERVATORSKOLEN VED KUNSTAKADEMIET

Denmark

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND

United Kingdom

SCRAN LIMITED

United Kingdom

SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE

Italy

TAIDETEOLLINEN KORKEAKOULU

Finland

THE CENTRE OF INFORMATIZATION IN THE SPHERE OF CULTURE OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF RUSSIA

Russia

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

THE INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE II AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden

THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-37491

  • Start date

    1 July 2002

  • End date

    30 June 2003

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 439 371

  • EU contribution

    € 439 371

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands