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Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge Preservation, for Access and Retrieval

Project description

Access to and preservation of cultural and scientific resources Protecting our digital heritage for future generations

This large-scale project addressed the growing challenge of preserving digital information, upon which society is increasingly dependent but which is intrinsically fragile. The CASPAR team has created a framework of tools and infrastructure components to support the end-to-end preservation of all types of digitally encoded information and thus help producers, curators and users of digital resources share the burden of preservation.

Work in CASPAR was driven by the following objectives:

  • enhance techniques for capturing representation information and other preservation related information;
    design virtualisation services for preserving resources despite changes in computer hardware and software and storage systems;
  • ensure trustworthiness of preserved data with standard features for digital rights management, authentication, and accreditation;
  • research more sophisticated access to and use of preserved digital resources such as intuitive query and browsing mechanisms.

The project established an authoritative foundation methodology for digital preservation activities. Guiding principle was the application of the Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model (OAIS, ISO 14721).

Further, through training and dissemination activities, CASPAR contributed to raising awareness about the critical importance of digital preservation among the relevant user-communities. This should facilitate the emergence of a more diverse offer of systems and services for preservation of digital resources.

The CASPAR infrastructure components and tools proved to be applicable to essentially all types of digitally encoded information, whether from an archival or contemporary source. This is important because the artefacts created in the preservation process, for example for access control, will also require preservation, as will the CASPAR key components themselves.

CASPAR has brought together a consortium covering important digital holdings, representing scientific, cultural and creative expertise, together with commercial partners, and world leaders in the field of information preservation.

Testbeds
To validate the research work, CASPAR was tested with different types of digital information, in a wide range of user communities: science, performing arts and cultural heritage. The testbeds produced were embedded in operational systems within the CASPAR consortium, but were easy to integrate into other operational systems.

  • Cultural data: The UNESCO World Heritage testbed dealt with preservation of all data necessary to document, visualise and model archaeological sites. CASPAR provided a valuable resource to assist conservation experts in restoring the associated site even if its original state changes or deteriorates.
  • Contemporary art: This testbed focused on computer-based arts, such as contemporary music, which produces highly complex objects and relies on specific hardware, instructions and interaction devices. To recreate performances, the archive must allow the retrieval of all these elements.
  • Science data: This testbed assessed the requirements of the Earth Science community, where information - such as long-term records of atmospheric data – is being collected with varying instruments and processed with evolving software.

A worldwide network of users
The Preservation User Community founded by CASPAR is a worldwide network of professionals and organisations with a stake in the preservation of digital information: curators, service providers, memory institutions, researchers, and creators and users of digital resources in general.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-IST-5
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 340 082

Participants (17)

CIANT - MEZINARODNI CENTRUM PRO UMENI A NOVE TECHNOLOGIE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 265 000
Address
Kamyk Imrychova 882
14300 Praha 12
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
France
EU contribution
€ 694 737
Address
8-10, Rue Mario Nikis
75738 Paris Cedex 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE ET DE COORDINATION ACOUSTIQUE MUSIQUE - IRCAM
France
EU contribution
€ 599 500
Address
Rue Saint Merri 31
75004 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
France
EU contribution
€ 454 375
Address
4, Avenue De L'europe
94366 Bry Sur Marne
Activity type
Other
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 397 817
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 355 970
Address
7, Place De Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 343 940
Address
Vassilika Vouton
17671 Iraklio, Crete
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 647 750
Address
94 Derech Em-hamoshavot
49527 Petach Tikva
Activity type
Research Organisations
METAWARE SOCIETA PER AZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 725 003
Address
Via Turati 43-45
56125 Pisa
ASEMANTICS SRL UNINOMINALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 325 610
Address
Corso San Gallo 27
52048 Monte San Savino
Activity type
Other
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 549 278
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI URBINO CARLO BO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 342 064
Address
Via Saffi 2
61029 Urbino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS A.C.S. S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 551 500
Address
Via Della Bufalotta 378
00139 Roma
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 529 000
Address
Via San Martino Della Battaglia 56
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 261 250
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 417 120
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX Chilton, Didcot
Activity type
Research Organisations