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Query and context based visualisation of time-spatial cultural dynamics

Project description

Access to and preservation of cultural and scientific resources QVIZ created a collaborative time- and map-based environment for accessing digital resources. It allows searching archives without knowing the language of a record or the institution holding it. Many archives are working on digitising material in order to enhance access and preserve fragile content. However, the information that the archives hold is often complex, which impedes the possibilities for an effective and facilitated search.
Archival records and knowledge in communities of practice are commonly related to administrative units, such as parishes and municipalities. End users, however, are often not allowed to explore the material on this basis. Moreover, such access is complex because administrative units frequently change over time and archival systems rarely provide a rich time-space context. Most existing digital archives do not allow the user to add or bookmark information in the system. As the amount of digital material steadily increases, an easier way to conduct investigations of archives has become a necessity.
The QVIZ project started with the goal to bring users a single entry point to the archives of Europe. It was designed as a common starting point that allows browsing of the archival resources through time and space using a dynamic map or contextual categories. The map interface locates the resources without the user needing to know in which language the resource is kept or which institution holds the records. In addition, QVIZ provides an environment for collaborative knowledge building with social bookmarking for interested users.
During the first year of the project, activities focused on underlying research, constructing a technical framework, system requirements and specifications as well as prototype design. In the second year, the focus changed to integration of the different parts of the platform. Finally, QVIZ presented a third integrated prototype with fine-tuned the knowledge models and integral environments.
The QVIZ consortium consisted of seven partners from universities, archival institutions and companies from Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Spain and the UK.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-IST-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Address

90187 Umea
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 547 835,52

Participants (6)

SALZBURG RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
Austria
EU contribution
€ 285 466,48
Address
Jakob Haringer Strasse 5
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
RAHVUSARHIIV
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 46 148
Address
Liivi 4
50409 Tartu
Activity type
Other
AKTSIASELTS REGIO
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 199 250
Address
Riia 24
51010 Tartu
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 500
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid
Activity type
Other
RIKSARKIVET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 143 900
Address
Fyrverkarbacken 13-17
102 29 Stockholm
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH, HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 218 900
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments