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BnF takes part in research and development projects in cooperation with many European partners. This translates into a human, scientific, technical and significant financial investment, and into a strong commitment at both strategic and operational levels.
These projects are co-funded by the European Commisssion under its ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, or under its Seventh Frammework Programme.

European ongoing projects

Europeana Sounds

Logo du projet Europeana Sounds
Schedule: February 2014-January 2017

Objective: significantly increase audio content accessible through Europeana, this content being mainly classical, traditional and folk music, natural sounds and oral memory; provide through crowdsourcing semantic enrichment of existing metadata; make it easier to access unavailable works and develop the possibilities of reuse by the creative industries.

Pilot and partners:
a consortium of 24 partners from 12 countries led by the British Library. The project is organized into seven working groups.

BnF's contribution:
the BnF provides content and coordinates the working group “Dissemination & networking”. It also provides legal and metadata expertise.
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Europeana Sounds
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Europeana Collections 1914-1918

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Schedule: May 2011 - April 2014

Objective: create a virtual collection on the 1914-1918 war accessible via Europeana. The 400,000 documents collected are from the library collections of countries who were involved in the conflict. All documents types are involved: books, newspapers, manuscripts, trench newspapers, photographs, posters, maps, scores, children's books, brochures, leaflets and propaganda leaflets and even religious works, medals and coins. Largely exceeding the traditional military history framework, they will bring new insights into the social history, daily cultural and artistic life during the years of war.

Pilot and partners: a consortium of 12 libraries from 8 countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Serbia) and 2 technical partners intend to establish this corpus; and the project will be coordinated by the Staatsbibliothek de Berlin.

BnF's contribution:
the BnF is participating in this project as content provider alongside the BDIC (Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine) and the library of the Ministry of Defense (ministère de la Défense). It is also involved in the "Promotion" working group where the British Library is developing an educational site. As such, it will provide editorial content, which is an outcome of the work with BnF' service de l’Action pédagogique and service des Editions multimédias.

Europeana Awareness

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Schedule: January 2012 - December 2014

Objective: promote Europeana to the public, policy makers and cultural institutions.

Pilot and partners:
the project has 48 partners and is coordinated by the Europeana Foundation.

BnF's contribution: BnF supports Europeana in its promotion activities (Book Fair, Newsletter in French etc.) with individuals, which will in November 2013 result in the Great collection 1914-1918.

Europeana Newspapers

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Schedule: February 2012 - January 2015

Objective: facilitate public access to daily European press articles with a target of 29 million newspaper pages that can be consulted via Europeana. This project focuses on optimising the automatic recognition of newspaper articles and on the semantic enrichment of metadata related to this content (layout, regional version newspapers, change of name of newspaper, publishers, presence of images, photographs, drawings, pictures, graphics, editorial content, news flash, advertising, adverts serials, etc.).

Pilot and partners : the project has 17 partners (including 9 national libraries, 3 university libraries, 2 regional libraries, 1 university laboratory for information management, 1 document management trading company (Content Conversion Specialists) and the Ligue des bibliothèques de recherche européennes (LIBER) coordinated by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

BnF's contribution: it will provide 3 million pages from its collection of dailies; headlines will be selected in an innovative manner: the recognition of named entities (it entails singling out names of places, people and institutions from a text).

Succeed (SUpport action Centre of CompEtEnce in Digitisation)

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Schedule: January 2013 - December 2014

promote research results in digitisation and OCR processing within the framework of the IMPACT Centre of Competence.

Pilot and partners : the project is coordinated by the University of Alicante, Spain, which hosts the IMPACT Centre of Competence; the project involves 9 partners (besides the BnF, the University of Alicante and the Fundacion Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes for Spain, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek en Nationaal Archief and the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie for the Netherlands, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems for Germany, the University of Salford and the British Library for the United Kingdom and the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center for Poland).

BnF's contribution:
the BnF is involved in 6 of 7 working groups; it is responsible for organising trainings, workshops and conferences to raise awareness on improvements in digitisation and OCR processing; and it is in charge of promoting SUCCEED within Europeana and the Francophone network.

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