EU related projects

DC-NET has established factual cooperation frameworks with the following European projects:


ATHENA aggregates museum content and promotes standards for museum digitisation and metadata. It is setting up a network of national representatives to raise awareness of standards, develop technical architecture and provide tools to support content providers. ATHENA will function as an aggregator bringing museum content into Europeana. Coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Culture, ATHENA is a Best Practice Network that began in November 2008.


The CHAIN project aims to coordinate and leverage the efforts made over the past 6 years to extend the European e-Infrastructure (and particularly Grid) operational and organisational principles to a number of regions in the world. CHAIN uses their results with a vision of a harmonised and optimised interaction model for e-Infrastructure and specifically Grid interfaces between Europe and the rest of the world. The project will elaborate a strategy and define the instruments in order to ensure coordination and interoperation of the European Grid Infrastructure with those emerging in other regions of the world (Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa).


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


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.

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:


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.


The INDICATE (International Network for a Digital Cultural Heritage e-Infrastructure) 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
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.


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).


A project within the European Union, Seventh Framework Programme Capacities Specific Programme, Research Infrastructures. Stachem will contribute to the development of a regional strategic plan for research infrastructures devoted to archaeological sciences and digital heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean region.