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Collaborative EuropeaN Digital Archive Infrastructure (CENDARI)

The Collaborative EuropeaN Digital Archive Infrastructure (CENDARI) will provide and facilitate access to existing archives and resources in Europe for the study of medieval and modern European history (specifically the First World War period) through the development of an ‘enquiry environment’.

This environment will increase access to records of historic importance across the European Research Area, creating a powerful new platform for accessing and investigating historical data in a transnational fashion overcoming the national and institutional data silos that now exist. It will leverage the power of the European infrastructure for Digital Humanities (DARIAH) bringing these technical experts together with leading historians and existing research infrastructures (archives, libraries and individual digital projects) within a programme of technical research informed by cutting edge reflection on the impact of the digital age on scholarly practice.

Sheila Anderson is PI, member of the management team, and leader of the JRA for CENDARI. The Centre's work will be on the following work packages:

  • Knowledge Organisation Framework, which will build an ontological framework to model and link the dispersed Archives for Medieval and First World War scholarship.
  • Data Integration and Semantic Services, building on the work of DARIAH by following its policies for repository interoperability and ensuring that tools and services will be reusable by DARIAH, EHRI and other research infrastructures.
  • Research Processes and System Architecture, to model usage scenarios, create the CENDARI system architecture and develop functional specifications and ensure the tools and interfaces developed will be based upon and rooted in research practices and processes.
  • Research Spaces, linking tools into virtual research environments for historical research.

Project information

Project staff at CeRch: Sheila Anderson

Lead institutionTrinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Partner institutions: Die Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB) Germany, Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MISANU), Serbia, University of Birmingham, UK, Georg August Universitaet Goettingen, Germany, Czech National Library, Czech Republic, International Society for the Study of Medieval Latin, Italy, Fondazione Ezio Francheschini, Italy, Bibliothek fuer Zeitgeschichte, Germany, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France, Consortium of European Research Libraries, UK, The De Koninkljike Bibliotheek - European Library, Netherlands

Funded by: EU

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