Electronic Preservation and Access Network (ERPANET)

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Access, Aggregation, Preservation, Research

The European Commission funded ERPANET Project will establish an expandable European Consortium, which will make viable and visible information, best practice and skills development in the area of digital preservation of cultural heritage and scientific objects. ERPANET will bring together memory organisations (museums, libraries and archives), ICT and software industry, research institutions, government organisations (including local ones), entertainment and creative industries, and commercial sectors (including for example pharmaceuticals, petro-chemical, and financial). The dominant feature of ERPANET will be the provision of a virtual clearinghouse and knowledge-base on state-of-the-art developments in digital preservation and the transfer of that expertise among individuals and institutions.

ERPANET will enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific objects through nine core objectives:

1.    Raises awareness;
2.    Appraises and evaluates information sources and developments;
3.    Assesses and makes accessible the results of research;
4.    Provides an enquiry and advisory service;
5.    Runs workshops and training seminars;
6.    Conducts case studies and makes available the results;
7.    Fosters research;
8.    Promotes the sharing of experience and enables collaborative action; and,
9.    Stimulates awareness among software producers of the preservation needs of the user community.