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Europeana version 1.0

Project duration: 2009–2011
Project leader: Jill Cousins, Europeana Office, based in the National Library of the Netherlands, on behalf of the EDL Foundation
Investigator on the part of the NL CR: Tomáš Klimek
Financial Support: EU, Program eContentPlus

The endeavour of the extensive project, which as of today has been joined already by 110 partners from all over Europe (also the National Library of the CR was among the first), is to create a search and presentation platform for digitised artefacts of European culture (books, paintings, films, archivalia). Almost fifteen million digital objects from around 1,500 institutions have already been made accessible through the portal. The project focuses on addressing the widest public. The aim of the participation of the National Library of the CR in the project is to present the documents administered as well as the results of the digitisation activity and to take advantage of the possibility to establish contacts for future cooperation concerning the content expansion of the Manuscriptorium digital library. The representative of the National Library was included in the working group of the so-called aggregators, hence partners providing content to a greater number of institutions. It actively participates in the workshops at which the future form of the Europeana portal is discussed and the directions of their development and the conditions of cooperation with institutions providing digital content are set.

REDISCOVER (Reunion of Dispersed Content: Virtual Evaluation and Reconstruction)
Project duration: September 2009 – November 2010
Project leader: Zdeněk Uhlíř
Financial Support: EU, Program Culture

The REDISCOVER international project was coordinated by the National Library of the CR. Its partners continued to be the national libraries of Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The objective of the participants in the project was to virtually reconstruct the dispersed cultural heritage and make it accessible within the Manuscriptorium, as well as to organise exhibitions in Vilnius, Warsaw, Bucharest and Prague presenting the profiling artefacts from the collections of the individual partners. At the end, a conference was organised in Prague with the theme The Unity of Central European Culture in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. For the exhibitions, a publication was issued in the form of a richly elaborated catalogue with summarising essays by representatives of the individual national partners, and on the occasion of the conference the proceedings of the treatises covering the specific component topics for the given area was published. Thanks to the project, it was possible to integrate 47 complex digital documents from the National Library in Warsaw, 168 documents from the National Library in Vilnius and to complete the integration of 307 documents from the National Library in Bucharest and its branch office in the town of Alba Iulia which had begun within the EU ENRICH project. At the same time, very close professional cooperation was developed between all of the participating institutions, offering a good potential for future projects.

EMBARK (Enhance Manuscriptorium through Balkan Recovered Knowledge)
Project duration: 1st September 2010 – 30th April 2012
Project leader (coordinator): Zdeněk Uhlíř
Financial Support: EU, Program Culture

The aim of the EMBARK project is to enrich and conserve the cultural heritage through the integration of its separated components (manuscripts, early printed books and other historical written materials) and mediate it for the needs of cultural users and young specialists. The research focuses on the Balkan-Slavic area by way of the creation of electronic editions of full texts of the historical documents accumulated and their inclusion in the Manuscriptorium digital library. Partners from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece and Serbia will organise exhibitions of the digital copies of historical documents. An indispensable part of the project is the transfer of knowledge between the individual partners.

COMMUNIA: The European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain
Project duration: 1st July 2007 – 28th February 2011
Project leader (coordinator): Francesco Profumo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Investigator on the part of the NL CR: Lukáš Gruber
Financial Support: EU, Program eContentPlus

The objective of the COMMUNIA project is to create recommendations for the strategy of the European Union in the area of the issues of public domain in a digital environment. Besides this main aim, the project also focuses on other topical themes in the area of ensuring access to works subject to copyright, namely models for accessing orphan works, forms of public licensing (e.g. Creative Commons), the Open Access Initiative – ensuring open access to scientific articles and data. These goals are attained through the organisation of workshops and seminars on the above-mentioned topics and the creation of official proclamations and manifestos, e.g. the Public Domain Manifesto (see ), which has been translated into Czech. During 2010, the project’s duration was extended to 28th February 2011.

Development of the Russian Department of the Slavonic Library
Project duration: June 2010 – May 2011
Project leader: Lukáš Babka
Financial Support: Russkiy Mir Foundation (Russian Federation)

The aim of the project is to fill the gaps in the collection of Russian literature of the Slavonic Library which have been created by the lack of financial means intended for the acquisition of new documents. The one-year financial grant, provided on the basis of a donation contract, has made it possible to inspect the publication lists of the individual Russian publishers and purchase selected titles, to complement the missing books of important contemporary Russian authors and also acquire publications that were not possible to buy from the common means for acquisitions because of their price. For the time being, 600 books were bought and catalogued by the end of 2010 from the means of the grant.
Sep 18, 2012
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