DCH-RP – Digital Cultural Heritage: a Roadmap for Preservation – is an EC-sponsored project to which EDItEUR is contributing. The project, running from 2012 to 2014, is developing a roadmap that will help establish, maintain and to an extent harmonize preservation activities across cultural heritage organizations in the European Community and beyond. The focus is on objects of digital cultural heritage and digitized representations of cultural artifacts.
DCH-RP brings together representatives and expertise from diverse backgrounds. These range from professional archivists in museums, libraries and galleries through to experts in cloud and grid computing techniques to furnish the computational power, distributed processing and mass storage required. Utilizing these emerging technologies, along with open-source software and SaaS (software as a service) and other service-based techniques, is seen as vital in providing the necessary tool-sets and capacity, whilst keeping solutions accessible and costs affordable.
Our specific role is to act as a bridge between the project and the publishing community. We are working with publishers to establish key drivers that would encourage them to engage with and get involved with DCH-RP and the cultural heritage preservation activities it represents. These factors may include access to digital content or methodologies, licensing arrangements that are mutually beneficial to the parties involved, co-publication with limited but favourable embargo periods, etc.
EDItEUR is also briefing DCH-RP participants on successful preservation approaches already in place within the learned journals community, thus providing inspiration or alternative models to those with which cultural heritage practitioners are familiar. Here we particularly welcome involvement from serials preservation agencies and other memory institutions.
DCH-RP is a collaborative venture, with contributors from across Europe. Work Package 4 (WP4) on Case Studies and Best Practice, within which EDItEUR’s efforts are focused, is led by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO). EDItEUR is also working closely with the Swedish National Archive (Riksarchivet), the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC), the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and other project partners.
Overall coordination of DCH-RP is provided by the ICCU (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane) whilst technical coordination and project management is supplied by the Italian project partner Promoter.
A full list of project partners and contributors can be found on the project website.
EDItEUR is conducting an online survey during April 2014, so that we can better establish those factors that might influence publishers toward partnership arrangements with cultural heritage institutions responsible for fast-increasing collections of digitized artefacts and other information. We welcome a range of viewpoints and would be grateful if you would share your views. To participate in this survey, which should take only a short time to complete, please click here.
Getting involved or learning more
Tim Devenport is leading EDItEUR’s contribution to DCH-RP: please email Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to learn more or wish to be more actively involved. For a showcase of DCH-RP activities to date, have a look at the DigitalMeetsCulture site hosted by Promoter.