Connecting ARchaeology and ARchitecture in Europeana
R&D Project - European
  • Contact person: Costis Dallas
  • Start date: 01-02-2010
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Programme: ICT Policy Support programme (CIP-ICT-PSP-2009-3), Best Practice Networks
  • Funding: 4.3 MEuros
  • IMSI funding: 292 KEuros
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  • Partners:
    • Heritage Agency of Denmark
    • MDR Partners
    • Stichting European Digital Library
    • ADS
    • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
    • Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation
    • Heritage Malta
    • Visual Dimension
    • Digital Curation Unit
    • Swedish Open Cultural Heritage
    • Erfgoed nederland
    • Cultural Heritage Agency, The Netherlands
    • N303BV, The Netherlands
    • National Heritage Board of Poland
    • Deutsche Archaologische Institut
    • Direction des Monuments et des Sites, Ministere de la Region de Bruxelles-Capitale
    • Ministry of Culture, Estonia
    • Narodni pamatkovy ustav (Czech Republic)
    • National Monument Institute, Slovakia
    • Cross Czech
    • National Monuments Record, Ministry of Culture, Greece
    • Minstry of culture, Slovenia
    • Archaeological Heritage Agency, Iceland
    • Vilnius University, Faculty of Communication
    • Institutul de Memorie Culturala
    • National Archaeological Institute with Museum
    • Centro Andaluz de Arqueologia Iberica, Universidad de Jaen
    • National Technical University of Athens
    • Data Archiving and Networked Services
CARARE is a proposal to establish over 3 years a Best Practice Network and aggregation service and improve the interoperability with Europeana of the digital content available from the archaeology and architectural heritage domain. It will involve heritage organisations, archaeological museums and specialist archives to expand Europeana’s network of content providers and make available the rich diversity of content for unique archaeological monuments, historic buildings and town centres. Distributed 2D and 3D content for heritage places will be brought together and linked up in Europeana with this critical mass of geographically referenced content creating the potential for new map-based commercial and public services for tourism, education and research to be set up. CARARE will work with the EDL Foundation to establish efficient processes to aggregate contents from heritage organisations, addressing practical issues relating to the harvesting of 3D/VR formats, the rich semantics of archaeology and architecture content and the handling of geographic information. The network will implement the protocols, standards and schemas recommended for Europeana contributing expertise on 3D/VR, GI, time and space to the development of the Europeana object model and semantic tools. CARARE brings together a consortium representing 20 countries and organizations with broad ranging experience of the heritage sector, digital libraries, standards and aggregation services. It will make around 2 million items available