Tuesday 12 June 2012

Trinity College Dublin archive projects

Trinity College Dublin (www.tcd.ie) has been awarded €6.5 million by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme for a new four year archive project looking at both the First World War and medieval Europe. The project is entitled CENDARI (Collaborative EuropeaN Digital ARchive Infrastructure). Three British institutions are involved also - the University of Birmingham, Kings College London and the Consortium of European Research Libraries.

From the press release:

The project focuses on two pilot areas of research: The First World War, a pan-European conflict which led to the dispersal of archives across national borders, all but preventing the rise of any truly comparative approach to its history, and the medieval era, crucible of modern Europe. CENDARI will see technical experts join forces with leading historians and archivists to create a widely applicable digital infrastructure of the highest quality. It will allow scholars unprecedented visibility over primary archival materials, from illuminated medieval gospels to propaganda leaflets dropped over Germany in 1917. It will also offer huge flexibility in the organisation and visualisation of these materials, prompting new research methods and answers to previously unanswered questions.

By integrating and enhancing a huge variety of data and sources into a central research infrastructure, CENDARI will provide a model that is not only relevant for historical data, but also for other scientific fields, such as biomedical images and environmental data.

Commenting on the significance of the project headed by Dr Jennifer Edmond of the Trinity Long Room Hub says: “Projects like CENDARI not only push the barriers of what e-infrastructures are able to do, but they also bring new users into the Digital Humanities community. The project will introduce skills necessary to the next generation of young researchers, drawing young people into advanced study of history. As the data it contains will be easy to adapt for public audiences, CENDARI will also give all citizens a platform to expand their understanding of their place within the European Community.”

*The CENDARI consortium partners:

  • Trinity College Dublin (lead institution)
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
  • Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Serbia)
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Kings College London (UK)
  • Georg August Universitaet Göttingen (Germany)
  • Czech National Library, Prague (Czeck Republic)
  • International Society for the Study of Medieval Latin (Italy)
  • Fondazione Ezio Francheschini (Italy)
  • University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (France)
  • Consortium of European Research Libraries (UK)
  • De Koninkljike Bibliotheek - European Library (Netherlands)
  • University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)

The full press release is at www.tcd.ie/Communications/news/pressreleases/pressRelease.php?headerID=2526&pressReleaseArchive=2012

(With thanks to @learnaboutarchives and @tcddublin)


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