Aims and tasks
European countries are rich in
cultural heritage, but being unique and fragile the heritage is
often difficult to reach not only for those just interested, but
also for the researchers. This valuable heritage is scattered
around in various libraries and archives, and having their digital
copies in repositories open new possibilities for multifaceted
research: manuscripts, colourful illustrations, development of
style, comparison of different techniques, according to time and
place references. The aim is to create an electronic medium for
the research as well as for the quick management and acquisition
of the intellectual property rights and licenses of the necessary
multimedia objects found in the database.
The aim of this project is to create the software
for the management of multimedia data (text, images, sounds) and
intellectual property rights as well as for the interactive
internet-based presentation of results. Innovative multimedia
instruments are adapted for the digital preservation of the
endangered Lithuanian and European cultural heritage as well as
for the scientific research of the collected data and the
attractive presentation of cultural items using computer networks
and digital publishing on CD-ROMs, at the same time providing an
effective possibility for cultural institutions to have a source
of income from the intellectual property rights trade market of
the preserved cultural items.
A universal multimedia database prototype will be
created and will include a digital archive, containing
bibliographical descriptions and images of the early musical
(Middle Ages, Baroque) manuscripts of different European
countries, including Lithuania, audio recordings of the music,
texts and other related material. Up to now only repositories of a
single country (Denmark, Italy, for example) or of a single media
(texts or music) data were known.
- Multimedia database containing images and audiovisual
- Software for multimedia data management and its
representation on the internet
- Quick management of intellectual property rights
Manuscripts from digital archive will be available for:
Cultural and music industry
iTEL, Informatics & Telematics Ltd/ R&D Unit, Athens,
Cultural and Educational Technology Institute (CETI), Xanthi,
Business Systems International SA, Athens, Greece
Narcea Producciones Multimedia S.L, Madrid, Spain
Videostudio of Rezekne Higher School, Latvia
Kolonasata museum of Fr. Trasuns, Latvia
Graphical data processing centre, Rostock, Germany
- National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague, The Czech
Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Public Company Visoriai Information Technologies Park
- Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
Project coordinator and main partner is
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics.
Associated partner (outside EUREKA) – Multimedia
laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Toronto, Canada.
The work began in May 2003 and the duration of the
project is 31 months. Projects of Lithuanian science and studies
institutions are financed by State Science and Studies Foundation;
Visoriai Information Technologies Park is supported by the
Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.
More information about the aims of the project as well as the
experience of the project participants is given at the partners'
working and co-operation website http://22.214.171.124/ech/ech.php.
EDetailed description of the ECH:TOPICC project on the EUREKA
can be found by the registration number E! 2597.
Project leader assoc. prof. dr.
Nerutė Kligienė (1944-2011), senior researcher.