01/10/2009 - 30/09/2011
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Archipel is based on the finding that a sustainable digital archive infrastructure is needed in Flanders in order to ensure a structural approach to the problem of digital archiving. This project is also based on the fact that there is an important role for players from the world of arts, cultural and scientific heritage and education in the development of this infrastructure. The project's aim is to look into the practical aspects of creating a sustainable archive of diverse (complex) digital and multimedia objects within a decentralised Flemish digital archive infrastructure. Archipel is funded by the IWT (Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) within the PIM framework (Programme Innovative Media).

Within Archipel, IBBT-SMIT will be responsible for potential use and valorisation scenarios aimed at sustainable access (WP2). This work package will look at the strategical implications of maintaining a long-term digital archive structure in Flanders that is financially and organisationally viable. Which innovative valorisation models are feasible? Which audience strategies can be applied? The world of education and research are key in this, but we should not forget the private end users and the cultural industry.

A key aspect in this study is the notion of sustainability, both in terms of the development of models and manuals for archive management (WP1), and equally in terms of technical innovation to guarantee access to the distributed archive. Archipel is based in part on the results of BOM-VL, but new research problems will also crop up that will be explored and demonstrated in a test bed (WP4), in which a number of ‘submission modules’ and ‘dissemination modules’ (see OAIS model) will also need to be developed.

This raises questions about the legal status of the reuse of archive material (WP3). What are the restrictions, conditions and solutions? Our aim is also to work towards protocols and model licenses in collaboration with (representatives of) the proprietors, the education, cultural and heritage sectors and the cultural industries in Flanders.

Finally, the project will focus on the dissemination and valorisation of the results among the target groups and sectors, i.e. on sharing knowledge (WP5). A variety of initiatives will be undertaken and different means of communicating will be used in order to actively involve the sectors and the target groups in the project's activities.

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Partners: BAM (Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art); Boekentoren (University of Ghent – University Library); FARO (Flemish Institute for Cultural Heritage); Klascement (Portal site from / for the educational sector); VTi (Flemish Theatre Institute); Inuits; Krimson; Porthus; IBBT- ICRI (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven); IBBT-MICT (Universiteit Gent); IBBT-MMLAB (Universiteit Gent); IBBT- SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)