Rossella Caffo - Biography

Rossella Caffo is the director of the Central Institute for the Unified Catalogue of the Italian Libraries (ICCU) in Rome, which is an Institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The ICCU is in charge of issuing, translating and customising rules and regulations for cataloguing library materials of all types, from manuscripts to multimedia, and to provide libraries with information and guidelines related to library standards.

ICCU manages SBN, the National Library Service and union catalogue contributed by over 4500 libraries, MANUS; the national catalogue of manuscripts held by Italian libraries, EDIT 16, the national catalogue of books printed in the sixteenth century.

She coordinates major digital cultural heritage projects at the national level, for example, Internet Culturale, which developed an integrated access portal to the digital resources of Italian libraries, archives and other cultural institutes, and CulturaItalia, the national portal on cultural heritage, the main Italian contributor to Europeana.

At  European level she was the coordinator of projects  such as MINERVA, MICHAEL, ATHENA  DC-net , and she is the coordinator of INDICATE and  Linked Heritage.

She also represents Italy in the Member State Expert’s Group on digitization and digital preservation of the digital cultural content, a group set up by the European Commission in 2007.