eContentplus 2006 2 eContentplus objectives Overall aim to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable, facilitating the creation and diffusion of information, in areas of public interest, at Community level. Enabling role Help content stakeholders (providers and users) realise the full potential of digital content by creating better conditions for accessing, using, reusing and exploiting digital material in areas with a public interest, which would not develop or would develop at a slower pace if left to the market... based on which it will be possible to build added-value products and services across Europe
eContentplus 2006 3 What is not funded Digitisation or creation of content Translation of content Creation of services Research and development of new technologies
eContentplus 2006 4 What is funded Projects that: aim at improving the searchability and usability of existing digital content in order to create the conditions for the emergence of European content-based services, use existing state-of-the-art technical solutions, are geared towards innovation in organisation and in deployment (as opposed to purely technological innovation),
eContentplus 2006 5 eContentplus 2005-2008 Budget Call 2007 Call 2005Call 2006 Call 2008 45 M 20052006200720082009 28 M27 M49 M 149 Million euros
eContentplus 2006 6 Call 2005 Proposals received and recommended for funding ReceivedRec. for funding Geographic information 343 Educational content 654 Cultural and scientific/scholarly content 13611 Reinforcing cooperation between digital content stakeholders 31 TOTAL 23819
eContentplus 2006 Work Programme Project Types Common Requirements Open Actions
eContentplus 2006 9 Target areas and project types for 2006 Target area Geographic information Educational content Digital Libraries Project type Targeted Projects Thematic Network* plus one Thematic Network in the area of reinforcing cooperation between digital content stakeholders * one TN for each target area
eContentplus 2006 10 Project types in 2006 Targeted Projects address specific barriers that prevent or limit access to and the use of digital content at any stage of the chain production, exposure, discovery, acquisition and use. Key objective: improve interoperability and usability of existing content. Thematic Networks bring together relevant stakeholders, expertise and facilities for awareness raising and exchange of information. Key objectives: identification of best practices and achieving consensus on methods and standards.
eContentplus 2006 11 NB: Major differences 2005 - 2006 No content enrichment projects this year Content providers must be part of the consortium Users should be involved, either as participants or stakeholders Educational content useful for formal education systems Target area cultural, scientific/scholarly content renamed digital libaries For digital libraries only content held by museums, libraries and archives will be considered this year Requirements tightened and focus narrowed with a view to obtaining fewer and better proposals
eContentplus 2006 12 Structure of Work Programme Common requirements for proposals (TP and TN) Framework for each action organised in 3 parts: Objective Conditions Expected results
eContentplus 2006 13 Common requirements for TP - 1 For the consortium: Must include content providers. Should also include users - not necessarily as participants. For the European dimension: The issues should have a European interest. The ways to tackle them should impact on a large number of users and EU countries (especially new Member States).
eContentplus 2006 14 Common requirements for TP 2 For the content: Quality, quantity and selection criteria of content (and of related metadata) to be contributed by each provider Consortium has to ensure availability of input content. Where IPR apply, put in place licensing or clearing arrangements for project results. For the expected impact: Analysis of demand (target users and needs) Demonstrate critical mass Results accessible beyond end of project Sustainability
eContentplus 2006 15 Common requirements for TN Cover majority of EU Member States including at least 3 new Member States. Involve major relevant digital data stakeholders from the countries covered Be open and proactive in attracting new partners
eContentplus 2006 16 Geographic information Targeted Projects What is it? Core spatial information, i.e. any data with a direct reference to a specific location or geographic area. (typical example: maps) Objective: aggregate core geographic information across borders guarantee its interoperability for seamless data integration To resolve problems relating to: Fragmentation and missing harmonisation between datasets and sources Diverse collection/preservation practices
eContentplus 2006 17 Geographic information One Thematic Network Objective: Exchange of information and best practice between stakeholders on interoperability and on tagging digital geographic information with semantically well- defined metadata. Spread awareness among geographic information stakeholders of the benefits of meta-tagging. Coordinate steps to ensure organisational cohesion and the sustainability of relevant actions.
eContentplus 2006 18 Educational content What is it? Digital content that can be used for learning Focus in 2006: face-to-face or distance learning in the formal education system, and especially in compulsory education, secondary general education and higher education Overall objective: Enhance access, use and exploitation of existing educational content and/or learning repositories across borders in different formal education contexts and in several languages
eContentplus 2006 19 Issues to address: content interoperability trust and management adaptability of digital content distributed digital repositories or enabling infrastructure for related brokerage services Solutions . should integrate technical, pedagogical and organisational aspects to address problems at all stages of the chain creation, publication, discovery, acquisition, access, and use. Educational content Targeted Projects
eContentplus 2006 20 Objective Identify specific problems and best practice for achieving the overall objective. Promote consensus building and coordination of stakeholders at the organisational level for the implementation and sustainability of the solutions identified including, for example: adoption of common reference models roadmaps for operational actions advice to policy-making bodies concerted actions to convey European needs to standardisation bodies for learning technologies. Educational content One Thematic Network
eContentplus 2006 21 What is it? Digital Libraries is a flagship initiative under i2010 with the vision of making Europes cultural heritage accessible and available for use to its citizens over the Internet It includes three main strands: Digitisation Online accessibility Digital preservation eContentplus contributes to improving online accessibility Digital libraries and eContentplus
eContentplus 2006 22 What is it? digital libraries are organised collections of digital content made available to the public cultural content is content held by cultural institutions (museums, libraries and archives) scientific/scholarly content is content published results of researchers work (e.g. articles, papers, conference proceedings) Objective Improve interoperability of European cultural and scientific/scholarly content (digital libraries) held by cultural institutions and enable multilingual access, in order to enhance its visibility as well as cross-border access, use and re-use. Digital libraries (cultural and scientific/scholarly content)
eContentplus 2006 23 Specific conditions Address issues related to: to the standard-based interoperability between digital objects and collections and the interoperability of systems authorising use and/or to multilingual access to the underlying digital content (excluding however the translation of existing content) Digital libraries Targeted Projects
eContentplus 2006 24 Objective Identify best practice in interoperability of digital European cultural content (including different types of content) coming from different types of cultural institutions. Achieve consensus on the use of common standards to facilitate searching the collections of the cultural institutions as part of the European Digital Library. Specific conditions Key stakeholders from the different cultural institutions. Proposals representative of the different types of institutions and able to ensure a wide take-up of the agreed standards. User needs should be taken into account. Digital libraries One Thematic Network