European Collected Library of Artistic Performance.
Project financed by the European Union.
The objective is to make accesible the archives of the different research centers in Europeana.
It will begin in february 2010 and it will run through 2012.
ARTEA participates in this project as a research group in the UCLM
Sophocles, Terence, Shakespeare, Calderon, Molière, Pirandello, Beckett, Brecht, Dario Fo; the richness and value of the European performing arts heritage is unquestionable. While content is now being digitised and published online, access still remains fractured and scattered.
Furthermore, there is no coordination between the digital libraries and theatre domains. ECLAP will better this status quo by building a network of theatrical institutions, archives and umbrella organisations (i.e., UNESCO and EDL Foundation). The cores of the best practice network consist of 21 partners from 13 EU countries. A substantial body of digitised content (more than 1 million items) will be selected and made accessible via Europeana and ECLAP. Content selection policy is defined by leading academics and includes managing legal aspects and alignment with Europeana Licensing. Complementary content will be provided by either linking to external sources and by submissions from end-users; notably scholars, students, curators and fans of performance art.
Best practice guidelines will be drafted in targeted working groups and disseminated widely. They cover key areas such as mapping of relevant metadata standards, integration of end-user contributions, semantic enrichment and the implementation of the FRBR model to define the relation between conceptual entities. The technical infrastructure is based on the well-tested components (the open source AXMEDIS platform) and open standards as XML, RDFS, OWL, SPARQL and SKOS. Web Services API's allow third parties and applications to access the ECLAP services. Partners also active in the EuropeanaV1.0 project establish full integration with Europeana. Multilingual access will be provided in at least 12 languages by machine translation and by taking advantage of linked open data sources. Next to providing freely available content, ECLAP is committed to define and evaluate business models for specific domains, notably Leisure and Education.