How will our digitalized heritage be preserved for the future?
PERICLES is the name of a large international research project in the field of digital preservation starting in the beginning of 2013. University of Borås is one part in this research project that will study how to make advances in digital preservation and thereby safeguarding our digitalized heritage for the future. These are hot topics to say the least.
Professor Sandór Darányi at The School of Library and Information Science is the local coordinator for University of Borås’ part in the project.
What is PERICLES? Tell us about the project.
– PERICLES stands for "Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics". It is a follow-up to SHAMAN (2008-2011), and a flagship project by the EU FP7 in the field of digital preservation, which brings together 11 partners in 6 EU countries with a budget of 9.6 million EUR (EC contribution), and a total cost of 12.3 million EUR.
What is University of Borås’ role in this project?
– Working with data from the space industry and from museums, HB will contribute to the research edge of the consortium in areas like high performance computing and semantic media processing. Our goal is to engineer digital objects for sustainable preservation, and thereby help digital libraries to rest assured about their investments. HB has an education commitment to the consortium as well.
Why is this research important for the society?
– For society, this project advances the art of digital preservation and thereby the safeguarding of our digitized cultural heritage into the next centuries.
What is the time plan for the project?
– PERICLES has just begun and will run 2013-2016, with annual reviews by the European Commission. Such big projects are always open-ended, but I am hopeful that we will deliver.
What other important parties are involved in this project?
– We are pleased to work again with Xerox European Research Centre, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Göttingen, plus start learning from King's College and the Tate Modern in London. We will also have a lot of teamwork with a Greek institute called the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas.
Do you have any advice for your colleagues at HB about European research funding?
Keep on searching for your own angle and you will succeed.
Text: Ida Borenstein
Photo: Ulf Nilsson