Digital ressources for Euromed Heritage Programme
Euromed Heritage is happy to announce the launch of its digital library in collaboration with Manumed project.
The new virtual library constitutes a rich and sustainable resource centre for all documents produced within Euromed Heritage Programme. The documents are accessible and downloadable from the E-corpus platform, a digital comprehensive library for cultural heritage created in 2009. The library grows incrementally and organizes and repertories a multiplicity of documents, more than 2.3 million to date, introduced through more than 120,000 thematic summaries.
The portal Euromed Heritage Digital Resources collects in one space the total production of Euromed Heritage since its inception fifteen years ago. Most of the documents, introduced in one common space online for the very first time, are useful and necessary to cultural heritage actors – manuals, books, articles, presentations, technical and educational tools, studies, manuscripts, videos, audio files, etc.
Launched in 1998, Euromed Heritage programme constitutes an important landmark in the development and enhancement of cultural heritage and a catalyst for the mutual understanding of the peoples of the Mediterranean region.
The Programme has developed its actions within the European Union, but mostly in Mediterranean Partner countries of the EU through funded projects and partnerships (more than 500 partners) among institutions and professionals that work on the development of cultural heritage in the Mediterranean and underline its potential for economic and social development and the improvement of the quality of life. [+]
The richness and value of the European performing arts heritage is unquestionable. Even though these collections are now being digitized and published online, they remain scattered, and coordination is lacking between digital libraries and the performing arts field; however, there is a high demand for access to this content. ECLAP fills this gap by creating a considerable, and hitherto missing, online archive for all the performing arts in Europe, and providing solutions and tools to help performing arts institutions to enter the digital Europe by building a network of important European performing arts institutions and archives and publishing content collections on Europeana, the European Digital Library.
ECLAP is making use of advanced indexing database and delivery tools for the production and dissemination of the rich multilingual European heritage. This will result in cultural enrichment and promotion of European culture, and in improvements in learning and research in the field of performing arts.
ECLAP is presently distributing more than 63000 content objects, coming from more than 20 prestigious European institutions: images, video, documents, audio, slides, playlists, collections, annotations, etc. Within the next 12 months other new 400.000 files will be published. All interested institutions and stakeholders are invited to register, and to see the Affiliation Agreement web page in which you can get all the needed information. [+]
IMPACT is a project funded by the European Commission. It aims to significantly improve access to historical text and to take away the barriers that stand in the way of the mass digitisation of the European cultural heritage.
The IMPACT project will remove many of these barriers. The project will push innovation in OCR technology and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval, and share expertise to build capacity in digitisation across Europe. During the project a Centre of Competence will be set up in order to provide a central service entry point for all libraries, archives and museums involved in the digitisation of textual material.
The consortium brings together twenty-six national and regional libraries, research institutions and commercial suppliers who will share their know-how and best practices, develop innovative tools to enhance the capabilities of OCR engines and the accessibility of digitised text and lay down the foundations for the mass-digitisation programmes that will take place over the next decade. [+]