DC-NET service priorities - ABSTRACT

DC-NET - Digital Cultural heritage NETwork was an ERA-NET (European Research Area Network) project, financed by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructure - Capacities Programme of the FP7.

The main aim of the project was to develop and to strengthen the co-ordination of the public research programmes among the European countries, in the sector of the digital cultural heritage.

One of the tasks of DC-net was to draw up a new set of priorities for digital cultural heritage research and to establish a systematic exchange of information and best practices on existing programmes that can be activated for the actual implementation of research.

To achieve those objectives, the activities were carried out within the two blocks Service Priorities and Best Practices.

The results were presented in the Digital Cultural Heritage Services Priorities Report that gives an overview of Service Priorities and Best Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage. The report has the form of a hand book, targeted to institutions from the cultural heritage domain involved in the creation and use of online data resources for DCH that could benefit from e-Infrastructures, as well as to e-Infrastructures service providers, which can learn more about cultural institutions needs in order to offer more empowered services.

During the project, qualified performance, scalability and stability, connected to e-Infrastructures were underlined as three ground pillars serving as a baseline for all services.

Three categories of services that can benefit from e-Infrastructure support and facilities were identified: for content providers, services for managing and adding value to the content itself and services to support activities of content consumers/end users.

Among seven priority listed services Long Term Preservation was ranked as the most prioritised.

A Memorandum of Understanding, signed between DC-net partners and the national e-Infrastructure serves as a platform for further work and the project Digital Cultural Heritage – Road Map for Preservation will deal with the need to analyse and define the process of long term preservation that has to be implemented on an institutional and national level.