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2003 to submit Web pages online. Entries
are judged by the Semantic Web Challenge
Advisory Board and the best applications
and winners will be announced at the 2nd
International Semantic Web Conference
(ISWC 2003: http://iswc2003.seman-
ticweb.org/).
The challenge will run next year, with
slightly different specific goals.
DigiCULT Thematic Issue 3
"Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage
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DELOS N
ETWORK OF
E
XCELLENCE
M
ARIA
S
LIWINSKA
The International Centre for Information
Management Systems and Services,
ICIMSS,Torun, Poland
T
he DELOS Network of Excellence
on Digital Libraries brought together
sixty-eight academic and industrial organi-
sations interested in research and applica-
tions in the domain of Digital Libraries.
This enabled the institutions previously
working separately to consolidate forces as
part of the European Commission's Fifth
Framework Programme.
D
ELOS partners represented Austria,
Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland,The Netherlands, and the
United Kingdom.The European Research
Consortium in Informatics and
Mathematics (ERCIM, http://www.
ercim.org/) played a Contractor role, and
the scientific part of the project was han-
dled by Consiglio Nazionale delle
Ricerche Istituto di Elaborazione della
Informazione in Pisa (http://www.cnr.it/).
A full list of partners can be found on the
DELOS Website http://delos-
noe.iei.pi.cnr.it/.
The objectives of the DELOS Network of
Excellence (NoE) were defined as:
- Provide a context to the international
research agenda for further activities in
digital library domains.
- Contribute to the creation of the
European digital library research
community.
- Contribute towards improving the
effectiveness of European research in
the area of digital libraries.
- Provide a forum for researchers,
practitioners and industries for
exchange of ideas and experience.
- Co-operate with ongoing
standardisation activities.
- Facilitate take-up of digital libraries
technologies.
- Create a forum where results of the
European Union funded digital libraries
projects could be discussed.
- Promote co-operation between
European and national digital library
initiatives.
- Improve international co-operation
in the digital library research area.
T
he DELOS project started its activi-
ties in 1999 with the following five
forums organised around specific issues,
each with its own aims and objectives and
organisational structure.
DIGITAL LIBRARY RESEARCH FORUM
T
he Digital Library Research Forum
presented a series of thematic work-
shops on such issues as: Users and User
Interfaces, Evaluation in Context, Metrics
and Testbeds, Evaluation of Digital Library
Services and Scalability.This Forum organ-
ised European Conferences on Digital
Libraries (ECDL, http://delos-noe.iei.
pi.cnr.it/activities/researchforum/ECDL/
ecdl.html?content=ecdl_c.html).
It also
developed an important collaboration with
the National Science Foundation (NSF
http://www.nsf.gov/) in the USA, agree-
ing to co-operate in eight working groups:
Spoken-Word Digital Audio Collections,
Information Extraction from Digital
Libraries, Personalisation and Recom-
mended Systems in Digital Libraries,
Emerging Language Technologies and the
Rediscovery of the Past, Digital Imagery
for Significant Cultural and Historical
Materials, Preservation and Archiving,
and Agents in Digital Libraries.
DIGITAL LIBRARY EVALUATION FORUM
I
n the Digital Library Evaluation Forum,
working groups were established for the
purpose of a Digital Library Test Suite and
Metalibrary and Digital Library schema. A
joint working group with the NSF was
established to structure the field of Digital
Library evaluation. An important part of
this Forum was an Initiative for the
Evaluation of XML Retrieval (INEX), and