CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) is a research collaboration aimed at integrating digital archives and resources for research on medieval and modern European history. The four-year project is about to finish, and this was marked by a launch of the project outcomes in Berlin on 14th January. The event, attended by Ylva Berglund Prytz from Academic IT, saw some 80 people from across Europe gather to explore the outcomes and to be introduced to the new CENDARI website. The site, which is freely available, has three main parts:
Transnational Archival Sources: a database of archival descriptions and collections from more than 1,000 institutions across Europe and the world, focused on archives and libraries containing resources on the medieval era and the First World War.
Working Spaces: a dynamic user interface where researchers can organise their notes, sources, archival data, images, and semantic links, for personal use or collaboration. The interface also contains data mining and visualization tools, and allows researchers to transcribe and take notes on uploaded images or texts, and connect records through controlled vocabularies and ontologies.
Thematic Research Guides: introductory guides to archival material, structured thematically around either one or many archival collections. The guides highlight research questions and topics that are best suited to exploration in a federated, virtual environment, where connections can be drawn across wide geographical and institutional boundaries.
The launch event also saw two keynote presentations and a panel discussion, as well as lively interaction both in the room and on social media. An edited version of the webcast will be made available on the CENDARI website in the near future.
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Image by the CENDARI Project.