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n addition, CNR (Italy) played an essen-
tial role as a scientific co-ordinator.
P
articipation in the DELOS NoE was a
valuable experience for Central and
East European institutions, which had a
long way to go during a very short time.
At the time of the conception of DELOS,
archives, libraries and museums often creat-
ed their own home pages to publicise their
institutions and attract users, and these
users did not have to physically visit cul-
tural heritage institutions to check opening
hours, obtain information about exhibi-
tions, or check the latest acquisitions.
However, it was still extremely unlikely to
find the actual content of the resources
online. In such an environment, the
DELOS project was extremely welcome.
It should be emphasised that, in the last ten
years, the most active heritage institutions
have made a long metaphorical journey
from the 19th to the 21st century today,
many archives, libraries and museums have
electronic catalogues and there is a real
likelihood of providing digitised materials,
allowing users to consult documents with-
out actually visiting the institution.
D
ELOS-CEE activities focused on
the dissemination of achievements
of the DELOS members by training,
translation and publication of selected
materials as well as by technology trans-
fer. DELOS members were offered the
option of taking part in events organised
by the DELOS consortium and other rel-
evant events. Taking this opportunity,
DELOS-CEE members participated in an
All Projects' meeting held in Rome in
March 2002 where European and
American projects concerning the prob-
lems of digitisation were presented. In
addition, the ECDL conference took
place in Rome in September 2002,
where DELOS-CEE members ran a ses-
sion, and evaluated and selected a number
of papers. DELOS-CEE members and
colleagues from other Central and East
I
nformation on DELOS activities has
already been published in various papers
from ERCIM News (http://www.ercim.
org/publication/Ercim_News/) and D-Lib
Magazine (http://www.dlib.org/), there-
fore this article concentrates on some lesser
known activities of NAS countries in
Central and Eastern Europe.
I
nclusion of Central and East European
cultural heritage institutions in the
DELOS project was in line with the
opportunities offered by the European
Commission within the Fifth Framework
Programme and Key Action VIII.1.6
objectives. Activities undertaken by Central
and East European (CEE) partners can be
described as dissemination of the DELOS
project achievements through the planned
organisation of a number of customised
scientific events (thematic workshops,
training and tutorials) according to the
existing real needs of the cultural institu-
tions from CEE, in co-operation with col-
leagues from the European Union.
The established DELOS CEE consor-
tium included the following members:
- European Research Consortium in
Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM),
Sophia-Antipolis, France Contractor
- The Head Office for State Archives
(NDAP, http://www.archiwa.gov.pl/),
Warsaw, Poland Co-ordinator
- The International Centre for
Information Management, Systems,
and Services (ICIMSS, http://www.
icimss.edu),Toru_, Poland
- Comenius University (http://www.
uniba.sk/webuk/), Bratislava, Slovak
Republic
- Latvian University (http://www.lu.lv/),
Riga, Latvia
- Hungarian Library Institute
(http://www.ki.oszk.hu), Budapest,
Hungary
the Evaluation of Cross-Language Spoken
Document Retrieval Systems (CLEF). As a
result of INEX a new Digital Library test-
bed was created with a range of 12,000
articles from the field of computer science
published during the years 1995-2001.The
CLEF activities became so rich that they
have been converted into a separate new
project (http://clef.iei.pi.cnr.it:2002/).
DIGITAL LIBRARY STANDARDISATION
FORUM
T
he Forum for Standardisation includ-
ed work on Registries, Ontology
Harmonisation, and Project Metadata.
Working groups included researchers not
only from the DELOS project but from
the USA, Japan and Australia.The groups
produced a number of White Papers
devoted to these topics, including: Building
Core Ontologies, Principles of Metadata
Registries, Digital Libraries Future
Directions For A European Research
Programme, Describing Projects.
DIGITAL LIBRARY TRAINING AND
TECHNOLOGY FORUM
T
his forum created two International
Summer Schools in Pisa to foster
research and understanding in the funda-
mental technologies underlying the Digital
Libraries field, in addition to national
workshops. Materials from these Summer
Schools are available in printed or digital
form from: http://delos-
noe.iei.pi.cnr.it/activities/trainingforum/S
ummerSchool/summerschool.html
DIGITAL LIBRARY INTERNATIONAL
CO-OPERATION FORUM
T
he forum for International Co-opera-
tion encouraged co-operation
between EU and US researchers, largely
facilitated by an All Projects meeting
where fifty-two presentations were given
in eighteen parallel sessions to an audience
of over 130 participants. In this Forum, co-
operation with Newly Accessed States
(NAS) has begun.