Digital Libraries Thematic Network

The aim of the Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries (DLs) is to provide an open context in which an international research agenda for future research activities in the digital library domain can be developed and continuously updated. It will constitute a reference point for all DL projects funded by the 5th FP-IST, stimulating the exchange of experience and know-how in this multidisciplinary domain, and will also establish close contacts with relevant application communities. It will make testbeds available, facilitate their interoperability, and provide mechanisms for the evaluation of models, techniques, approaches, and the exchange of open-source software components. It will contribute to the definition of relevant standards. Appropriate take-up models will be studied to facilitate the exploitation of the new DL technologies in the industrial/commercial environment. A network of links with the international DL research community will be created.

CNR-IEI, CWI, FORTH, GMD, INRIA, SICS, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, SZTAKI, Technical University of Crete, University of Athens, University of Dortmund, FORWISS - Bavarian Research Centre for Knowledge-Based Systems, Politecnico di Milano, Austrian Academy of Sciences, University of Mannheim, InformationsZenttrum Sozialwissenschaften Bonn, Eurospider Information Technology (Switzerland), Springer Verlag GmbH&Co. KG (Germany), Elsevier Science (The Netherlands), Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le
Informazioni Bibliografiche (Italy), Biblioteca Nacional (Italy), Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Italy), Arts and Humanities Data Service (United Kingdom), INTRACOM (Belgium), British Broadcasting Corporation - Information and Archives, Institute for Problems of Informatics of the Russian Academy of Science

1 January 2000 - 31 December 2002

ERCIM's role:
Project co-ordinator

Total budget:
950 000 Euros

Funding Agencies:
European Commission, IST Programme: 950 000 Euro