EU related projects


Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network

APARSEN is a Network of Excellence that brings together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers in order to bring coherence, cohesion and continuity to research into barriers to the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information and data, exploiting our diversity by building a long-lived Virtual Centre of Digital Preservation Excellence.


Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure

CENDARI is a research collaboration aimed at integrating digital archives and resources for research on medieval and modern European history.


Co-ordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing

CHAIN-REDS is a FP7 project co-funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) aiming at promoting and supporting technological and scientific collaboration across different e-Infrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to define a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow Virtual Research Communities (VRCs), research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e., computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications).


Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration

CHARISMA is an integrating activity project carried out in the FP7 Capacities Specific Programme Research Infrastructures.


Common language resources and technology infrastructure
European Research Infrastructure Consortium

CLARIN is a large-scale pan-European collaborative effort to create, coordinate and make language resources and technology available and readily useable.


Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH  aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts.


Digital Services Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities

DASISH brings together all 5 ESFRI research infrastructure initiatives in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) represented each by some centers: CLARIN,  DARIAH , CESSDA, ESS, SHARE. The goal is to determine areas of possible synergies in the infrastructure development and to work on a few concrete joint activities.


Europa Data Infrastructure

The EUDAT vision is to support a Collaborative Data Infrastructure which will allow researchers to share data within and between communities and enable them to carry out their research effectively.


EUROPEAN Ancient PHOTOgraphicvintaGerepositoRies of digitAized Pictures of Historic qualitY

EuropeanaPhotography is a great and quite unique consortium and project putting together some of the most prestigious photographic collections from archives, public libraries, and photographic museums covering 100 years of photography, from 1839 with the first example of images from Fox Talbot and Daguerre to the beginning of the Second World War (1939).

EuropeanaPhotography is funded within the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme 2007-2013. It will last 36 months from  1st February 2012 to 31st January 2015.

EuropeanaPhotography will prepare, quality-assure and contribute over 500,000 photographic items to Europeana; they represent a selection of the masterpieces of the very beginning of photography.

The consortium includes 19 representatives from 13 Member States. They are leading private and public photographic agencies as well as public institutions and museums.

JPI on Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe

The main objective of JPI on Cultural Heritage addresses the strong relationships that link cultural heritage, conservation, technological innovation and economic development within the dynamic framework of the challenges and competitiveness in an enlarged European Union and its efforts are striving to generate an in-depth, shared understanding of issues with the view of providing an improved knowledge base for policies in the fields concerned most important aspects as migration and integration, quality of life and global interdependence. Social and regional cohesion, cultural and educational challenges are particular aspects of these due to a number of economic, social and cultural changes and instabilities in society and the recent EU enlargements posing some EU regions with particular development questions for the future. Contextually, the main objective of JPI on Cultural Heritage addresses the strong relationships that link cultural heritage, conservation, technological innovation and economic development within the dynamic framework of the challenges and opportunities presented by an increasingly globalised, environmental and security-conscious society. Moreover, appropriate responses will be developed through the application of research to the protection of cultural heritage through a multidisciplinary approach involving science, engineering, technology, conservation and culture in a multi-frame space called Scientific Cultural Area, an integrant part of European Research Area, aiming to re-calibrate and reaffirm the European cultural identity as ambassador of excellence for the world wide heritage.


Scalable Preservation Environments

SCAPE is an EU-funded project which is directed towards long term digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects.


SCIence Data Infrastructure for Preservation - Earth Science

SCIDIP-ES  brings together the state of the art in preservation technologies, represented by Earth Science repositories, and researchers for digital data preservation techniques.


Support Action Centre of Competence in Digitisation

Succeed will promote the take up and validation of research results in mass digitisation, with a focus on textual content.

Concluded projects


D4Science (Data Infrastructures Ecosystem for Science) is a production e-Infrastructure able to support several heterogeneous virtual organizations. D4Science-II is an European e-Infrastructure project, co-funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It constitutes a continuation of the DILIGENT and D4Science projects. Digital Library interoperability, best practices, and modelling foundations

Interoperability is key to advancing Digital Libraries, broadening choice and opening up new research perspectives across diverse domains. has investiged the complexities of interoperability from multiple perspectives.The Cookbook provides a framework for addressing interoperability coupled with patterns and solutions. The Digital Library Reference Model provides a roadmap enabling the diverse stakeholders involved to share a common understanding and follow the same route when dealing with the multi-faceted Digital Library universe with tailored publications  for Library professionals, educationalists, students and assessors:


Exchange Programme to advanced e-Infrastructure Know-How

The EPIKH project aims to "connect", through the adoption and use of Grid training infrastructures, along with that of e-Infrastructures, research & development and innovation with education in order to increase the number of users and scientific applications of these platforms.


The work already done in the EUMEDGRID project has led to a pilot Grid Infrastructure which covers almost all the Mediterranean Area. EUMEDGRID-Support will start from there and make a further step to push towards a larger production quality e-Infrastructure and the adoption of more sustainable organisational models for the provision of services.

GRDI 2020

GRDI2020 - Towards a 10-Year Vision for Global Research Data Infrastructures, is an Europe-driven initiative proposed as Coordination Action under the Seventh Framework Programme FP7 funded by GÉANT & Infrastructure unit of EU DG-INFSO (1 February 2010 - 24 months). The project aims at outlining the main priorities in the field of Global Research Data Infrastructures in a GRDI Roadmap, anchored on sound technical recommendations produced by two GRDI2020 Working Groups. Its outreach series of international events and thematic working meetings will increase the ability of the research community, industry, and academia to influence the development of a competitive global ICT infrastructure beyond i2010. The project will also build a qualified, trans-European Research Data Infrastructure community whose members will be inspired by common use cases and will share experiences, plan, innovate, and reach out together, with strong commitment to tackle the main relevant technical challenges.


International Network for a Digital Cultural Heritage e-Infrastructure

The INDICATE project is focused on the coordination of policies and best practice regarding the use of e-Infrastructures for digital cultural heritage in countries of the Mediterranean region. Through the network, the participants can share experience, promote standards and guidelines, seek harmonisation of best practice and policy


Linked Heritage is a 30 month EU project, the main goals of which are to contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors; to demonstrate enhancement of quality of content, in terms of metadata richness, re-use potential and uniqueness; to demonstrate enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content. The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia. These include ministries and responsible government agencies, content providers and aggregators, leading research centres, publishers and SMEs.


NET-HERITAGE European Network on Research Programme Applied to the Protection of Tangible Cultural Heritage aims to coordinate national RTD programmes of European countries and support European programmes in research applied to the protection of tangible cultural heritage. NET-HERITAGE is a partnership of ministries, funding agencies and national RTD authorities from 14 European countries (Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Island, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom).