Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB)
The School of Library and Information Science (IBI) of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is the oldest school of library science in Germany, the only library school at a research university, and the only German institution with the right to give a doctorate in library and information science. The IBI’s aims are to prepare students to take information management positions within companies, to ensure that students have an understanding of social science methods that allows them to understand and contribute to research. Important among the goals of IBI are the aims to engage internationally at both the teaching and research levels and to build a research and teaching program that creates a distinctive Humboldt perspective and a practical set of tools for addressing the changing needs of the world of information. These points reflect the reality of academic work at the institute and at the same time well illustrate IBI’s motivation for playing a leading role in a project such as the proposed “Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana” (DM2E). Currently the HU-Berlin is involved in the EDLnet thematic network with numerous partners from European libraries, archives and museums as well as in the FP7-SSH fundedEERQI project (DG Research). The institute currently takes up an pivotal role in the projects Europeana v1.0 and EuropeanaConnectwhere the IBI is responsible for the coordination of several work packages.
Role in the project
HUB will act as overall coordinator of the project and as a consequence be responsible for WP5. Besides, HUB will be substantially involved in WPs 2 and 3 and follow the work done in WPs 1 and 4. Contact: Vivien Petras
European Association for Jewish Culture (EAJC)
The mission of the European Association for Jewish Culture (EAJC, also known as Association Européenne pour la Culture Juive) is to promote access to Jewish culture across Europe, foster creativity and assist scholarly research. The EAJC is an independent body which was established in April 2000 and registered in Paris as a non- profit association. Since January 2010, EAJC has led a network of libraries, archives and museums with Jewish collections in the framework of Judaica Europeana, the aggregator of Jewish heritage content for Europeana. The net- work includes 23 partners and associate partners with more institutions wishing to join. EAJC will participate in the DM2E proposal as representative of the Judaica Europeana consortium that will provide continued sustainability to the project.
Judaica Europeana includes a strong element related to the Digital Humanities. It has carried out several DH workshops guiding the relevant scholarly community to relevant tools and resources. It is carrying out a pioneer experiment supporting a community of scholars working on the early Jewish Enlightenment in using Semantic Media Wiki tools for enriching their data and uploading it to Europeana. Judaica partners have committed themselves to integrate its digitised resources in the scholarship work of relevant re- searchers and in university teaching. Its high level academic committee lead by Prof. Antony Polonsky is a key factor in supporting such efforts. Since its creation, the EAJC has initiated and supported over 150 culture projects in 22 European countries collaborating with scholars, artists and other heritage sector professionals. The EAJC has organised international conferences and seminars for the cultural and heritage sector to promote Europe-wide collaborations, encourage best practice and help create networks. The EAJC aims at realizing the potential of new technology to facilitate access to Jewish culture an is invited in the European Association for Jewish Studies, which assembles the relevant scholarly community in Europe.
Role in the project
EAJC will provide their own content to DM2E and also care for the content from NLI to be delivered to Europeana. Their main contribution thus is to WP1 but they will also con- tribute their Digital Humanities expertise to WP3.
The Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH is located in Hamburg (Germany). With its 65 employees it is active across Europe and has subsidiaries in London (UK), Paris (France), Bologna (Italy) and Copenhagen (Denmark). It is part of the world wide acting Ex Libris Group. Ex Libris is a leading provider of commercial library automation solutions, offer- ing a comprehensive suite of products and services for acquiring, managing, preserving and providing access to printed, electronically accessible, and digitally stored materials for libraries and other institutions of every type and size from single-branch institutions to large consortia. Founded over 25 years ago, Ex Libris maintains a fast-growing, customer base serving more than 4,900 institutions in 81 countries on six continents and reflecting the company’s focus on academia, national libraries, and research institutions. The list includes 41 national libraries and, according to The Times (UK) 2007 Top 200 Universities rankings, the top 10 universities worldwide, 39 of the top 50 European universities, and 42 of the top 50 North American universities. Since its inception, Ex Libris has collaborated with leading institutions and library consortia in the development of solutions and has worked with international peer review groups consisting of thought leaders and industry experts. The company is part of the FP7 PrestoPrime consortium. Playing an integral role in the greater library community, Ex Libris is an active member of standards organizations and major national and international organizations. Built on open architecture and supporting interoperability standards, Ex Libris products are flexible, customizable, easy to maintain and manage, and Unicode-compliant, with full multilingual capabilities.
Role in the project
Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH brings extensive experience of various metadata formats especially in the library world, and successful implementations of software tools handling such data. The company will contribute to WP2 and will bring its extensive knowledge about library metadata formats and the development of related software. Ex Libris will play a key role in designing and developing software to handle the harvesting of such metadata and its conversion into RDF format, to be available under open source license.
Universität Mannheim (UMA)
The Web-based Systems Group at the University of Mannheim explores technical and economic questions concerning the development of global, decentralized information environments. The group has initialised several widely used open source software projects including D2RQ, D2R Server, Pubby, the R2R Mapping Framework, and the Silk – Link Discovery Framework. The group contributes to several open data publishing efforts including DB-pedia and the W3C Linking Open Data (LOD) project which aims at interlinking large numbers of data sources on the Web. The Web-based Systems Group is active within the World Wide Web Consortium and has contributed to the SPARQL recommendation. The group maintains strong research ties with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DERI Galway, Johnson & Johnson, Talis, Neofonie, and the Open Archives Initiative. The Web-based System Group currently participates in the EU-FP7 projects LOD2, LATCand PlanetData that all aim at facilitating the creation of a Pan-European information space based on the Linked Data architecture. Detailed information on projects and publications is available from the following Web site.
Role in the project
UMA will lead Work Package 2 and will bring its competencies concerning the design of Linked Data-based data sharing architectures into the project as well as its experience and previous work on Web-based data integration. This previous work includes D2R Server, an software library for publishing relational databases as Linked Data on the Web; the Silk – Link Discovery Framework, the R2R Mapping Framework as well as the WIQA Information Quality Assessment Framework. All these components are available under open source license and have successfully been employed in research as well as commercial projects.
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG)
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin is one of eighty research institutes in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities administered by the Max Planck Society. It was established in 1994 as an international research center for the history of science in Germany. Re- searchers at the MPIWG investigate how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged in the centuries-long interaction between the sciences and their ambient cultures. The MPIWG supports the development of electronic research instruments. In addition to established forms of presenting research, the institute encourages new forms of publishing research results and research through the Internet. One example is the “Archimedes” Project (-2004), that created a testbed for developing and exploring model interactive environments for the history of mechanics. It also served as a proof-of-concept project for open digital libraries for topics in the history of science designed to integrate research and knowledge dissemination in new ways. In 1998 a manuscript of Galileo Galilei was published online together with an extensiv analysis of the deductive structure of the manuscript, proving the power of hypertext as a tool for scholarly work with the electronic resources in the humanities. Ongoing research at the MPIWG on the long-term development of mental models of mechanical thinking and their manifestation in technical terminologies, inferences of practitioners, engineers, and scientists plays an important role in the testbed design. The testbed also requires a powerful, linguistically based information technology for handling the variety of languages occurring in the source materials. Source documents are being prepared with tools such as automatic morphological analysis of Latin, Greek and Italian, and semantic linking of sources to general and technical, modern and historical dictionaries and reference works. The experiences with the early project led to the “European Cultural Heritage Online” (ECHO) project, where the project’s resources are also available, and as a testbed for new tools and mechanics-related digitisation projects. In 2002 the initiative ECHO was established to create a re- search driven infrastructure for the humanities. Modules for the ECHO infrastructure cover the implementation and documentation of workflows for the digitisation of cultural heritage, research driven tools and workflows for analysis and publication of scholarly data linked to primary sources are currently under development. In addition, work focused on the development and documentation of XML full text production and its possibilities for linguistic analysis and comparison of large text corpora. has been done in a joint project with the Max Planck Digital Library. Since 2004, the content of the ECHO environment has been greatly expanded and its technical infrastructure and accessibility improved. ECHO now features more than 70 collections from more than 24 countries worldwide. Its basic infrastructure has been adopted for all internet-based projects of the MPIWG and has also provided a model for the development of a common research infrastructure by the MPDL (Scholarly Workbench).
Role in the project
MPIWG will play an active role in WP2 and more specifically will be involved in adapting the D2R library for their data sources and in workflow development. They will also con- tribute to WP3 based on the work on Digital Humanities usage scenarios they had already started in the past. Furthermore, MPIWG will contribute their content to DM2E.
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML) was established in 1988, in the School of Computer and Electrical Engineering of NTUA. The members of the Lab (which are about 35, including research scientists, researchers, Ph.D students, programmers, and supporting staff) are active members of the research community having published more than 100 journal and 200 international conference contributions. Prof. S. Kollias and Dr. G. Stamou have co-edited a book on “Multimedia and Semantic Web”, published by Wiley in June 2005. IVML has organised ICANN-2006, SAMT-2006, on semantic multimedia analysis, WIAMIS-2007 & CBMI-2009 on content based multimedia analysis. IVML has been involved in more than a hundred R&D projects. Half of them have been funded by the European Commission and the rest by Greek organisations. Ninety of them have been completed, while twelve are in progress. In particular: IVML participates in the design and implementation of intelligent semantic analysis and retrieval of multimedia content, following the MPEG (4,7,21) and Semantic Web standards (being a member of W3C). The leader of the Lab, Prof. S. Kollias has been one of the experts that the EC has used for defining the framework of ‘Semantic Content Ana- lysis’ and its perspective for 2012. IVML has participated in the 6th framework IP ACEMEDIA on semantic-based adaptive multimedia analysis systems (2004-2007), in the NoE MUSCLE on intelligent adaptive multimedia analysis (2004-2007), in the NoE Knowledge-Web on semantic Web technologies (2004-2007), in the IP AskIT on knowledge-based assistance for mobility-impaired people (2004-2007), in the IST NoE K- Space on multimedia and knowledge technologies (2006-2009), in the IST IP Mesh on knowledge technologies for news (2006-2009), in the IP X-Media, on knowledge technologies and business environments (2006-2009), in the STREP project Boemie on ontology evolution (2006-2009), in the We-Know-It IP project on collective intelligence and Web2 technologies (2008-2011).
IVML has been a key technological member in the Digital Libraries and particularly in the Europeana developments. S. Kollias has been a member of the EC ‘Interoperability Group’ on Digital Libraries in 2006-2007, and a member of the Member States Expert Group on Digital Libraries (2007-2011). He has organised the Workshop on “Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library” in the European Semantic Web Conference, Tenerife, June 2008. IVML has participated in the ICT E-Culture Imagination project, on knowledge-based access to historical content (2006-2009), in the E-Con- tent-Plus Videoactive (2006-2009) and EU_Screen (2009-2012) projects, being technical leader for unified access to audiovisual archives, in the E-Ten Michael Plus project being technical leader for a common platform for access to European cultural content and interoperability (2006-2008), in the E-content Plus Minerva-ec (2006-2008), collaborating with european libraries, museums, archives, being technical co-leader of the interoperability part of the project, in the EDLNet project (2007-2008). Currently IVML participates in both technical WPs and in content aggregation for Europeana. In particular, IVML participates in the E-Content Plus Europeana v1.0 Network (2009-2011), Europeana Connect (2009-2011), ATHENA(2008-2011), Carare (2009-2012), E-CLAP (2010-2012), Eu-Screen (2009-2012), Linked Heritage (2011-2013), DCA (2011-2013), dealing with content analysis and interoperability issues in Europeana.
Role in the project
NTUA will contribute to WP2 mainly in the conversion from RDF to EDM and in the work on automated contextualisation, where they can respectively build on the MINT tool developed in the ATHENA project and on contextualisation work started in EuropeanaConnectWP1.
Net7 is a SME based in Pisa, Tuscany. Its core business is development and consultancy on Web and Semantic Web technologies, especially in the fields of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Its customers include both local and private organizations in Italy an abroad. Net7 had been giving applied research activities a central role, participating in several European projects (eContentPlus, Discovery,FP6 Websicola, FP7 SEMLIB, ICT-PSP Agora) and collaborating with academic institutions, among which the COST action A32 (Open Scholarly Communities on the Web). From such projects Net7 developed an extensive know-how in the area of Semantic Web Digital Libraries and annotation tools. Net7 has a wide experience in Web application engineering and in user interface design using a variety of technologies (scripting, flash, frameworks). Net7 is, among the Italian commercial entities, one of the most active in Italy in the area of Linked Open Data and is the founder and maintainer, of Linked Open Data Italia, an association devoted to promoting the production of public government linked data and to offer storage, consulting and facilities. From its birth on, Net7 has always be devoted to open-source software reuse and development, as well as to Open Access to scientific literature. In 2008 Net7 has been selected among the 50 most innovative SMEs in Europe by the French Presidency of the EU and presented its work at the Research for SMEs – Innovation in Motion – conference organised by the French agency for innovation. In 2010 NET7 launched the Muruca project, joining together university and research performing SMEs in producing and maintaining a set of open source semantic Web tools for digital libraries and knowledge management systems. NET7 currently has clients and partners in 9 European countries (Italy, France, Germany, UK, Israel, Poland, Ireland, Cyprus, Belgium and Norway). Its members and employees come from four different nationalities. The headquarters are located in Pisa and another lab is located in Lecce. NET7 is also one of the founding members and takes part in the management of Apice, a consortia of 25 high-tech SMEs based in Pisa, which has a turnaround of approximately 10 million Euros.
Role in the project
Net7 will be leading WP3 and, more specifically, it will be the technical provider of the specialized Digital Humanities platform to be based on the MURUCA components coming from the Discovery project and to which NET7 has made substantial contributions. Net7 will adapt and further develop and technically maintain this platform.
Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN)
The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. It is a leader in this field nationally and internationally. We seek a world in which open knowledge is ubiquitous and routine. We seek to promote open knowledge because of its potential to deliver far- reaching societal benefits. The OKFN promotes its objectives by producing tools, supporting working groups, running events and providing infrastructure for building an open knowledge society. We are a hub for work on open knowledge, drawing together representatives from across academia, government and the commercial sector. Learn more about us at http://okfn.org/about/
Role in the project
OKFN will be leading WP4 on community building and dissemination as well as doing most of the work in this WP. Their role thus is described in detail in the WP description table.
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (ONB)
The Austrian National Library (ONB) is the main research library of the Republic of Austria. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the Austrian National Library, its eight special collections and three museums hold a significant part of the world’s cultural heritage. The library offers access to and professionally competent advice on its own holdings (around 8 million objects, 3,5 million books) and links to international digital resources and digital library services. The library has a long tradition in the preservation of information and its obligations also comprise preserving and making accessible large quantities of digital objects which are either the result of digitisation projects or deposited to the library. In addition ONB acts as a research centre and has been involved in numerous national and international digital library initiatives. The Research and Development Department cooperates with numerous institutions and has been partner in several EC-funded projects in FP4 to FP7 as well as in the eContent, eContentplus and ICT PSP programmes, recently including PLANETS, IMPACT, SCAPE, APARSEN, Europeana v.1.0, Europeana v2.0, EDLproject, EDLnet, TELplus, EuropeanaTravel and Europeana 1914-1918. In the focus of the Research and Development Department are challenges like the implementation of Europeana, the OCR-optimization of historical documents in relation to mass digitisation efforts, preservation and long-term access, the development of service and infrastructure components for digital library applications and the supply of Europeana with digital content. The library is strongly involved in the Commission’s European Digital Library initiative and has been a full member of The Europeana Library (TEL) since 2005. ONB currently acts a project coordinator of the EuropeanaConnect Best Practice Network which is a core project for the actual implementation of Europeana.
The Austrian National Library has been conducting large scale digitization programs since 2003. Nearly 10 Million pages of newspapers and legal texts are available via ONB’s digital library. In 2010 the library announced a large-scale digitisation cooperation with Google. In this public private partnership ONB will digitise its complete holdings of public domain books from the 16th to the 19th century (600.000 books with more than 180 million pages).
Role in the project
ONB will be leading WP1 on content provision as well as providing content themselves. Besides, they will substantially contribute to WP3 in the area of functional specifications. They will also help to ensure good synchronization between WPs 1 and 3.
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (SBB)
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is one of the world’s major research libraries, part of Germany’s national library system and the country’s largest academic library. It is established by federal law and forms part of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) | Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, a unique union of museums, libraries, archives and research institutes that is one of the largest cultural institutions in Europe and jointly funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and all sixteen German Länder (states). SBB and SPK are not separate legal entities. The SPK is a “public law foundation”, i.e. a corporate body organized under public law. Staff will be hired directly by SPK, as SBB is a subdivision of SPK without legal capacity in its own right. Although the collections of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin are universal, comprising materials from all subjects, all periods since the Middle Ages and in a broad range of languages from all continents, the library’s core mission is to provide excellent library services in the humanities and the social sciences as well as for historic research in all subjects on site as well as online. Its history goes back to the founding of the former Royal Library in Berlin in 1661. It was granted legal deposit by the Great Elector of Brandenburg-Prussia in 1699 and received two copies of each work published in Prussia, Germany’s largest state, up to 1947. Within the cooperative national library framework of the Sammlung Deutscher Drucke, it has special responsibility for 19th and early 20th century German imprints. Today its collections have grown to more than 10.7 million printed books (including deposit copies of all German federal and state government publications) as well as more than 12 million photographs and 12 million items of special collections, including Western and Oriental manuscripts, autographs, maps, newspapers, printed and manuscript music, children’s and youth literature, microforms and literature in non-Latin scripts Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, including a wide range of rare and unique materials. Going beyond its own collections, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin runs German national union catalogues for a variety of materials – including periodicals and serials (Zeitschriftendatenbank ZDB), medieval Western manuscripts (Manuscripta Mediaevalia), autographs and personal papers (Kalliope), Oriental manuscripts or maps printed before 1850 (IKAR). Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is committed to providing a full range of digital library services to researchers worldwide. It maintains seven special subject collections and is part of the collaborative network providing digital resources on a national basis. SBB runs one of Germany’s major mass digitisation programmes and is a key partner in the initiatives to digitise German 16th to 18th century imprints. A workflow management for all digitisation processes is well established. Management systems to monitor quotas for digitisation, data input, cataloguing as well as quality control are in place for collaborative digitisation programmes on a national scale and for the running mass digitisation processes. SBB and its umbrella organisation, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK), have substantial experience in managing and coordinating both national and international projects as well as handling large amounts of third-party funding, including funds from the European Commission. International projects managed by SPK and SBB include broader cultural heritage projects such as MINERVA and MICHAEL as well as projects in the field of libraries and special collections materials such as MALVINE (Manuscripts and Letters via Integrated Networks in Europe) and LEAF (Linking and Exploring Authority Files) in the Information Societies Technologies Programme of the Fifth Framework. SPK has been designated as the institution to coordinate Germany’s collaborative federal digitisation programme, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.
Role in the project
SBB will be one of the main content suppliers to DM2E and thus one of the main contributors to WP1. They will also substantially contribute to WP2, namely in the field of RDF-ization infrastructure and in testing technical components.
University of Bergen (UiB)
The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB)is a re- search infrastructure and conducts research and development in philosophy, editorial philology and text encoding, recently also Semantic Web. WAB is probably best known for the publication of “Wittgenstein’s Nachlass: The Bergen Electronic Edition” (Oxford, 2000). Recently it has, in the frame of the EU funded eContentplus project Discovery published 5,000 pages of the Wittgenstein Nachlass OA on the Web and developed a Wittgenstein domain ontology for these texts. Under the EC’s 5th Framework Programme, WAB ran a transnational access to research infrastructures programme, hosting 32 projects. Ongoing projects at UIB-WAB include the new edition of the “Bergen Electronic Edition”, the NordForsk financed access to research infrastructure project “JNU VWAB: Joint Nordic Use of WAB Bergen and VWA Helsinki” (2008-11), and the EU financed CIP Pilot action ”AGORA: Scholarly Open Access Research in European Philosophy” (2011- 13).
Role in the project
UiB will be one of the main content suppliers to DM2E and thus one of the main contributors to WP1. Besides, they will contribute to WP3, namely in the area of scholarly primitives.
Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt a.M (UBFFM)
The Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt a.M. owns the largest collection of literature on Judaism and Israel in the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 1949 the special collection Wissenschaft vom Judentum has acquired all the relevant national and international publications on all aspects of post biblical judaism in a most comprehensive manner.
Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
The JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a video collection.
Brandeis University (BU)
Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation. As a research university, Brandeis is dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences. As a liberal arts college, Brandeis affirms the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others.
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is dedicated to the development of science in conformity with the universal human values and with the country’s national interests and promotes the enhancement of the intellectual and material wealth of the Bulgarian people.
Ontotext AD is a developer of core semantic technology, text mining and web mining solutions. Ontotext will provide licenses to their OWLIM-SE triple store and will also provide technical assistance for installation and configuration to set up OWLIM-SE as a backend repository for the tools being developed within the DM2E project.