A Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries

Digital libray, ICT


Digital Libraries (DL) have been made possible through the integration and use of a number of IC technologies, the availability of digital content on a global scale and a strong demand for users who are now online. They are destined to become essential part of the information infrastructure in the 21st century. The DELOS network intends to conduct a joint program of activities (JPA) aimed at integrating and coordinating the ongoing research activities of the major European teams working in DL-related areas with the goal of developing the next generation DL technologies. The objective is to (i) define unifying and comprehensive theories and frameworks over the life-cycle of DL information, (ii) build interoperable multimodal/multilingual services and integrated content management ranging from the personal to the global for the specialist and the general population. The Network aims at developing generic DL technology to be incorporated into industrial-strength DL Management Systems (DLMSs), offering advanced functionality through reliable and extensible services.

The Network will also disseminate knowledge of DL technologies to many diverse application domains. To this end a Virtual DL Competence Centre will be established which will provide specific user communities with access to advanced DL technologies, services, testbeds, and the necessary expertise and knowledge to facilitate their take-up.
Other important objectives are: to network and structure European DL-related research in order to consolidate an emerging community; to provide a forum where researchers, practitioners, and representatives of interested applications and industries can exchange ideas and experiences; to promote an exchange programme towards improving international cooperation in DL research areas.

2-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Italy
3-Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich-Switzerland
4-University of Bath-UK
5-National and Capodistrian University of Athens-Greece
6-Technical University of Crete-Greece
7-Università degli Studi di Firenze-Italy
8-Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung-Germany
9-University of Glasgow-UK
10-Universität Duisburg-Essen-Germany
11-Stichting Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica-Netherlands
12-Risoe National Library-Danemark
13-Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas-Greece
14-Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"-Italy
15-Brunel University-UK
16-Institute of Communication and Computer Systems-Greece
17-Università degli Studi di Padova-Italy
18-Università degli Studi di Milano-Italy
19-Institut für Medizinische Informatik und Technik Tyrol-Austria
20-Max-Planck-Gesellschaft z.F.d.W. represented by: MPI fuer Informatik-Germany
21-Kuratorium OFFIS E.V.-Germany
22-Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London-UK
23-University of Strathclyde-UK
24-Ionian University, Archive and Library Science Department-Greece
25-Université Paris-sud XI-France
26-The University of Southampton-UK
27-The University of Edinburgh-UK
28-Institut für Informationsverarbeitung und computergestütze neue Medien-Austria
29-Technische Universität Wien-Austria
30-Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo-Italy
31-Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU-Norway
32-Lunds Universität -Sweden
33-Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique-France
34-Aristotle University of Thessalonikis -Greece
35-Nationaal Archief -Netherlands
36-Univesität Bremen -Germany
37-Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften -Austria
38-University of Leeds-UK
39-Universität zu Köln-Germany
40-Forma (Centro di) Formazione e Ricerche per Metodologie Applicate alla Conservazione, Gestione e Comunicazione di Beni Culturali-Italy
41-SICS, Swedish Institute of Computer Science AB-Sweden
42-Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia-Italy
43-Masarykova Universita v Brne-Czech Republic
44-Universiteit van Amsterdam-Netherlands
45-Universitaà della Svizzera Italiana-Switzerland
46-Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Szamitastechnikai es Automatizalasi Kutatointezet, SZTAKI-Hungary
47-Univerisità degli Studi di Bari, Dipartimento di Informatica-Italy

48 months from 1 January 2004 - 31 December 2007

ERCIM's role:
Project co-ordinator

Total budget:
6 000 000 Euro

Funding Agencies:
European Commission, FP6 IST Programme, unit E5 Preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage

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