CT – Collections Trust
The Collections Trust is the UK-based knowledge centre for the management and use of collections and technology in museums, archives and libraries. The Collections Trust supports and develops networks and communities of practice to promote knowledge transfer and the development of standards which deliver public value and support more effective practice. Their network currently includes more than 23,000 museums, archives, libraries and galleries worldwide.
– Austrian National Library
– Centre for Agrarian History
– Federation of European Publishers
– Royal Museum for Central Africa
– Royal Museums of Art and History
– OntoText AD
– Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum
– Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Directorate of National Archives and Monuments)
– National Technical University of Athens
– Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism
– Local Government Management Agency
– Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and for Bibliographic Information
– Fratelli Alinari Istituto di Edizioni Artistiche SpA
– Universita di Roma La Sapienza
– Vilnius University, Faculty of Communication
– AcrossLimits Limted
– Stichting Europeana
– International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services
– EEA s.r.o
– Catalan Ministry of Culture
– Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute
(16) United Kingdom
– Collections Trust
– Horniman Museum
– Keepthinking Ltd
– Shift (Historypin)
– Topham Partners LLP (TopFoto)
– Wolverhampton Art Gallery
The museum is the only dedicated museum of travel and tourism in the world and takes its collections focus from the regions of Hungary. Founded in 1966, it started operation in the World Heritage Buda Castle, in the building of the former Fortuna Inn and is now located at Óbuda, Budapest. The museum has almost 50 years of unique expertise covering all fields of the Hungarian Food and Drink Industry, including gastronomy, catering and tourism. Collections include furniture, equipment and tools from restaurants and confectioner’s shops and a large quantity of documentary heritage including menus and menu cards as well as a significant collection of archival material and small prints.
The Horniman Museum and Garden opened in Victorian times when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, natural history collection and 16-acre garden. The European anthropological collections at the Horniman include important folk art collections, notably among these collections are extensive holdings of wooden utensils, agricultural and domestic implements from Romania, Poland, Norway and the Tyrol region, including rare items from Scandinavia such as ceremonial drinking cups.
Established in 1991, Vilnius University Faculty of Communication is the leading higher education establishment working in the broad field of information and communication professions in Lithuania. The main purpose of VUFC is to strengthen interdisciplinary studies and research in order to promote competitive and high quality education in the field, its mission is realised through communication and information study programs, basic and applied research and continuing professional development opportunities.
The Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum is a non profit Cultural and Research Society which aims to conduct and undertake initiatives and activities to promote knowledge and practice of traditional foods. The Museum has recently developed a digital depository of data related to food history and culture; The Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Information and visual representations of traditional Cypriot foods, associated everyday practices and meals, recipes, tools and processing techniques are all showcased and have all been digitised. The depository is the first of its kind in Europe and food is approached through various perspectives including folklore, history, museology, science and nutrition. The ultimate aim is recording, preservation, promotion and dissemination of cultural heritage of traditional foods.
ICCU was established in 1951 with the task of producing the entire national bibliographic record. ICCU is an Institute of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; it manages the National Library Service and the union catalogue of over 4,000 Italian libraries and is responsible for providing the standard rules and regulations for cataloguing types of materials ranging from manuscripts to multimedia documents. ICCU will be providing content connected to food and drink from institutions belonging to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and related Institutions throughout Italy.
ICIMSS is a scientific association established in 1997 by 62 members from over 20 countries. The aim of ICIMSS is research and education through the introduction of modern technologies (including computerization, digitisation and the internet) and the management of cultural institutions, with a key focus on libraries, archives and information centres. International and national cooperation on the preservation of Cultural Heritage is a key activity. ICIMSS’ goals also include promotion of intercultural communication and research. ICIMSS participates in a wide selection of projects, including the EC funded programmes such as TEMPUS, IST, eTEN, Leonardo da Vinci and CIP. ICIMSS maintains two portals: pictures-bank.eu which contains ca. 60,000 photographs and the newly created portal bikop.eu which is a private collections library and will be included into the network of Polish digital libraries.
The Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments is governed by the General Directorate of Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Directorate has undertaken the electronic recording, documentation and management of the material that is related with Greek cultural heritage, to ensure its safeguarding. Through the use of cutting edge technology, it actively supports research and the distribution of knowledge in a wide spectrum of cultural and archaeological fields. The Directorate coordinates digital actions across Central and Regional Services for the General Secretariat for Culture and is responsible for The Historic Archive of the Hellenic Archaeological Service, The National Archive of Monuments and The Permanent Catalogue of Registered Archaeological Sites and Monuments in Greece.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa is a multi disciplinary institution with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Since its founding in 1898, its task has been to preserve and manage collections, carry out scientific research, and disseminate knowledge to a wide audience through its scientific, educational, and museological activities. The RMCA plays an active role in the sustainable development of Africa, and aspires to be a centre for collaboration and reflection on today’s Africa and the challenges it faces. The collections, noted for their diversity, are of enormous scientific value and are unique in many ways. Large portions have now been digitised and made available to researchers the world over.
The Centre for Agrarian History is a non-profit research and heritage centre, created in 2001. It studies and analyzes the history and heritage of agriculture and food since 1750 in Belgium, in a national and international context:
- It is an independent information point for all initiatives regarding the preservation, upgrading and accessibility of our agricultural and gastronomical heritage, landscape development and conservation.
- It wants to inform, educate and entertain as widely as possible.
- It works closely together with its scientific sister organization, the Interfaculty Centre for Agrarian History (ICAG), University of Leuven.
The Centre for Agrarian History is supported by the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Cera, Boerenbond and the Flemish Community, and is recognized by the Flemish government.
The Austrian National Library is the main research library of the Republic of Austria. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the Austrian National Library, its ten special collections and three museums hold a significant part of the world’s cultural heritage.
As a service-oriented information centre, the Austrian National Library offers its users access and professional advice on its own holdings (almost eight million objects) and also on international data pools. In addition, it accepts commissions on scientific research, and operates documentation centres and service facilities. The library has a long tradition in the preservation of information and its obligations also comprise preserving and making accessible large quantities of digital objects which are either the result of digitization projects or deposited to the library.
Ontotext is a world class developer of core semantic technologies, including;
- The OWLIM semantic repository, used by a large number of high profile clients including BBC, UK Press Association, Dutch Press Association, Euromoney, UK Parliament, the British Museum, Korea Telecom and many others.
- The KIM Platform for text analysis and semantic research
- Web mining solutions
- Data and ontology management.
Ontotext has successful applications in the following areas: media, publishing, life sciences, defence and financial intelligence, telecoms, archives, libraries, cultural heritage and government and academic institutions.
Semantika is a software development company based in Slovenia. It has over 10 years experience in software development, web solutions and mobile and multi touch applications. The company specialises in natural user interfaces and human-computer interaction. Semantika has extensive experience in the field of cultural heritage; one of their key products is Galis – a collection management system used by the majority of Slovenian museums. The standards compliant application covers all aspects of documentation in museums and galleries of differing sizes.
TopFoto is an independent picture library based in Kent, England. The archive contains 10 million images from medieval documents to today’s digital files being sent in by FTP from all over the world. The core of the hardcopy archive comprises of 120,000 negatives from John Topham plus millions of negatives and hardcopy prints from a variety of historic press agencies that have been collected by the current owner, Alan Smith, since 1975. TopFoto was a pioneer in digitisation and electronic transfer through new technologies and has formed close links to international partners in over 40 countries around the world.
PostScriptum specialises in the consultancy and implementation of museum, library and archive related software services, implementing technologies and creating new channels of communication in the culture sector. PostScriptum had undertaken the design and implementation of various websites, for both the public and private sector, using state of the art technologies and integrating advanced content management systems. Furthermore, they have planned, developed and created many corporate and product tools for institutions, organisations and corporate business as well as local government organisations. At the same time, PostScriptum has installed, integrated and customised Zetcom AG’s Museum plus (a collection management system) in many Greek museums and has helped the participation of its museum customers to the ATHENA project by building tools to transfer artwork information to Europeana.
Shift, formerly known as We Are What We Do, is a social enterprise with ten years experience designing consumer products that address social problems by helping people make better choices. By designing products that meet consumer demand and can become independent, financially sustainable ventures, they aim to give them the best chance of delivering measurable, long-term impact at scale.
Shift is led by research and development and has created a number of consumer products to date, including Historypin. Historypin’s global community of people, groups and institutions gather and share the history of the places that matter to them, using collections of photographs, documents, sounds and moving images to start conversations and trigger memories. Created in partnership with Google in 2011, Historypin consists of a web platform, mobile applications and a series of local volunteer led community projects that together increase local social capital and reduce social isolation.
EEA Communication Solutions LTD was established in 1991 and is a Czech-Slovak software house focused on custom-made development, integration and operation of online and mobile communication and information solutions. EEA has led a number of complex, long-term and international projects. EEA belongs to the leaders of digitization and presentation of cultural heritage, participating on large projects in Central and West Europe and cooperating with the relevant EU projects, including Europeana. Within these activities they have gained a deep knowledge and developed several solutions related to harvesting, storage and provision of large amounts of digital data. EEA is a leading force in Slovakia in respect to the digitisation and presentation of cultural heritage, and provide services for digital libraries, harvesters, data providers, cataloguing systems and presentation portals.
Fratelli Alinari IDEA SpA, the oldest foundation in the world still active in the field of photography, and more generally in the sphere of images and communication was founded in Florence in 1852.since 1863 the headquarters have been in Via Nazionale 8 and the firm was created and developed by the Alinari brothers, Leopold, Giuseppe and Romualdo. In 1985 the Fratelli Alinari Museum of the History of Photography, with the Library of the History of photography, joined the original ‘historical’ institutions, i.e. the Archives, the Art Printworks, the Publishing House and the Photographic Collection, and in 1996 their ranks were swelled by the addition of the Photographic Restoration Laboratory. Today Alinari is the guardian of the photographic ‘corpus’ and is responsible for the management of an ongoing program of exhibitions and publishing. It can supply iconographical research services and manages both Italian and foreign photographic archives. Alinari is a leading firm on a national and international level in the field of photography, images and communication.
AcrossLimits is a dynamic Maltese technology research and consulting SME with its roots firmly derived from the innovation and ICT sectors. In fact its core business is still centred on the areas of Internet-based solutions for business and social purposes. Our mission statement is: “Innovation for solving tomorrow’s challenges”. AcrossLimits has been working in the following technology areas for over 12 years thanks to its participation in European funded research projects: web and mobile application development, social network (mostly Facebook) app development & games, search engines, eLearning platforms, digital content management, ambient assisted living and of course project management both from a technical and an administrative nature. AcrossLimits operates from its head office in Hamrun, Malta but has representation offices also in Palermo (Sicily), San Giovanni Rotondo (Puglia – Southern Italy), Brussels (Belgium) and Lulea (Sweden).
The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML) was established in 1988 as one of the laboratories of the School of Computer and Electrical Engineering and of the Institute of Computer and Communication Systems of the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. The members of the Lab (approximately 30) are active members of the research community having published more than 100 journal articles and 200 international conference contributions. IVML has been involved in 90 R&D projects. Half of them have been funded by the European Commission and the rest by Greek organisations.
Europeana is an online portal that contains over 20 million digitised objects from Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual sources. It connects to Europe’s cultural heritage by providing access to items from over 1000 heritage collections. Europeana is supported by funding from the European Commission and member states. Originally known as the European digital library network it is a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from across Europe. They contribute to the work packages that are solving the technical and usability issues. The project is run by a core team based in the National Library of the Netherlands. Overseeing the project is the Europeana Foundation which includes key European cultural heritage associations.
The Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG) is a scientific research institute that functions under the Federal Belgian Science Policy government. It has the governmental responsibility over a number of museums with the task to define their overall philosophy and fundamental mission, including: the preservation, management and publication of the collections by further developing the central collection database, the collection publishing portal and the data aggregator environment; the improvement of the services to the public and researchers by providing digital information on the collections and on the used methodology; and building and maintaining a close cooperation between several scientific institutions on a national and international level by exchanging digital data and technological expertise. The objects in KMKG’s collections range from prehistoric artefacts to Art Nouveau jewellery to Japanese prints, creating a diverse, exciting and challenging environment to work with.
With 148000 students and 4500 teachers, Sapienza University of Rome is one of the 100 most important universities in the world, the largest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. DigiLab, the newly formed Centre for Research and Services, puts together 12 departments from both the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the Faculty of Engineering and provides a unique environment for exploring fundamental research and practical applications stemming from the rich interplay between information and communication technologies and the arts, humanities and social sciences. Research at the DigiLab comprises interconnected developments in an unusual range of disciplines, such as arts, humanities, archaeology, anthropology, music, new media, computer science, 2D-3D design, interactive cinema and television, new forms of storytelling and new approaches to research and teaching. Their educational approach hinges on the unique combination of learning by doing with a solid theoretical base.
The mission of the Department of Culture of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of art and culture. The Culture Department is responsible for Government policy on creative industries, cultural heritage, libraries, museums and archives. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and creativity in the cultural sector. Creativity and innovation are the core of our strategy. The Culture Department works jointly with the Catalan cultural institutions. Those who hold the leading collections in Intangible Cultural Heritage, all integrated in the Department of Culture have been selected here to provide content to be supplied to the Ambrosia project.
Keepthinking is a full service digital agency, providing audience engagement, user evaluation, user experience and graphic design, information architecture and wireframes – together with any aspect of digital design and build for museums, cultural heritage and other cultural organisations. We realise websites, kiosks, information screens and mobile applications and we provide Content and Collections Management Software. In 12 years since its start, Keepthinking has prevalently worked with museums and museum collections, on the web. Keepthinking create user experiences, information architecture, responsive web design and software to make museum experiences and their overall experience engaging and alive. The company has won several awards, including a Best of the Web at Museums and the Web 2012.
The Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute (IAPH) has over twenty years of experience in the development and qualification of Cultural Heritage information of Andalusia. As result of this work, IAPH has the following documentation:
- The Heritage Buildings database includes information over 24,000 records of the Andalusian cultural heritage (archaeological, architectural and ethnological).
- The historical artifacts / artwork Database contains data on more than 79,000 records of personal property of Andalusia.
- The Atlas of the Andalusian Immaterial Heritage has over 1,700 registered and ethnological activities and has generated more than 16,000 photographs, 1,400 audio recordings and 600 audio files.
- The Cultural Landscapes Register includes 135 records.
- The bibliography database has more than 40,000 citations of Cultural Heritage.
- Our spatial database contains over 18,000 cultural heritage entities georeferenced.
- Our Image Bank includes more than 100,000 images of the Andalusian cultural heritage.
IAPH are highly committed to theory progress and technological innovation, paying special attention to scientific and socio-cultural transformations in this field. IAPH cover all the areas of knowledge, including the emerging heritages, such as cultural landscapes, industrial heritage, contemporary heritage, underwater archaeology and of course, intangible heritage.
Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency was established in 2012 to continue the functions of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council. The functions of Libraries Development include the following:
– The provision of advice, assistance and services to library authorities in relation to the public library service.-
– The making of such recommendations to and the provision of such services for the Minister in relation to the public library service
– Action to promote and facilitate library co-operation within Ireland and internationally.
Libraries Development manages the national policy for the digitisation of public library holdings and the national digitisation research and initiatives arising. Activities to date include the national digitisation programme for public libraries, the national online resource for local studies material, and digitisation of the archive of the national paper of record and online access provision to the most important Irish genealogical records for the nineteenth century. Libraries Development works with national education bodies to develop content to support the education curriculum in schools and with libraries to develop literacy supports.
Wolverhampton City Council is the governing body of the City of Wolverhampton, England. The Vision Statement for the council is “Wolverhampton City Council, Leading, Supporting and Inspiring our City. Proud to be of service today and rising to the challenges of tomorrow.” Wolverhampton City Council’s art and heritage collections, which number over 103,000 items, are varied, from items relating to the history of the area and fossils, to Old Master paintings and contemporary sculptures alongside items from abroad brought back by local adventurers. The art collection spans over 300 years of art, with many important works, including Marianne Stokes’ Madonna and Child, used by the Royal Mail as a postage stamp in 2005, and Peace and Plenty Binding Arrows of War (1614) by Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens – the only painting by the artist in a British public collection. Locally made decorative art, particularly japanned ware and enamels, is well represented in the collection alongside other items of local historic interest. There is a large collection of archival material relating to the history of Wolverhampton including an interesting collection of old photographs. There is also an interesting geological collection with over 7,000 specimens almost entirely composed of British fossils.
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association representing 28 national associations of book publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area. FEP is therefore the voice of the great majority of publishers in Europe. Founded in 1967, FEP deals with European legislation and advises publishers’ associations on copyright and other legislative issues; it acts on behalf of its members in discussions and negotiations with the Institutions of the European Union particularly concerning legislation, regulation and taxation. FEP works in close collaboration with the European Institutions to ensure that high quality European content is available to European consumers. FEP encourages the Institutions of the EU to implement positive policies for European publishing, to promote the competitiveness of European publishing and to underpin European educational standards and Europe’s cultural identity by ensuring by every means the widest availability of books. FEP has been involved in a number of European projects, including the ARROW project under the eContentPlus Programme and the Arrow+ project under the ICT-PSP; it has extensive experience in networking, in particular within the publishing sector and those related to it.