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02 - DCH-RP - Digital Cultural Heritage Roadmap for Preservation

Patrizia Martini (ICCU - Ministry for Cultural Heritages), Michał Jankowski (PSNC)

The poster describes the main goals of DCH-RP project which is a coordination action supported by the European Commissionunder the e-Infrastructure Capacities Programme of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).
The project aims to design a Roadmap for the implementation of a federated e-Infrastructure for preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) content, as part of amore general vision towards the Open Science Infrastructure
for DCH in 2020.
Important aspect of the Roadmap is usage of existing and emerging e-Infrastructures such as Geant, EGI, EUDAT and others for the purposes of the long-term, reliable data and meta-data preservation as well as in order to provide the
scientific community and other users an easy and effective access to the digital assets collected and protected by DCH institutions in collaboration with e-Infrastructure providers.
The Roadmap will be supplemented by practical tools for decisionmakers and will be validated through a range of proofs of concept, where cultural organisations and e-Infrastructure providers will cooperate on concrete experiments.
Main outcomes of DCH-RP project are the development of a Roadmap for the implementation of a preservation federated e-Infrastructure for DCH and its integration to a set of practical tools which help the monitoring of preservation
activities offering knowledge instruments to stakeholders from the DCH domain to make informed decisions on digital preservation.
The DCH sector is producing a large amount of digital content that needs to be safely stored, preserved and curated over time to allow efficient resource discovery and re-use. Long term preservation is in fact one of the most challenging problems of the current digital era.
The amount of digitised material is growing very rapidly thanks to numerous national and European initiatives for the digitization of DCH content belonging to Museums, Libraries and Archives.
In this context, e-Infrastructures for research play an important role, and cooperation and coordination among institutions, e-Infrastructure providers, research and private organisations is a key factor.
E-Infrastructures allow easy and controlled online access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools, and bring the power of ICT for computing, connectivity, storage and instrumentation.

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