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Monday, 31st January 2011

Europe: Digitizing Contemporary Art Project Officially Launches, 27K Contemporary Artworks To Be Digitized

From an Announcement:

The European Commission and the DCA consortium, comprising 25 partners from 10 EU  member states and the 2 associated countries, Croatia and Iceland, have officially launched the project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) initiating a significant increase in the presence of  contemporary art in Europeana, the single access point to Europe’s cultural heritage.

Over 30 months 21 museums and art institutions will digitise approximately 27,000  contemporary artworks and 2,000 contextual documents, making them available through the Europeana portal. With the co-funding of the European Commission under the CIP-ICT PSP programme and the commitment of the 25 partners, the DCA project aims to create high-quality  digital reproductions and assure the long-term preservation of and online access to such  reproductions and their data. To support similar future digitisation projects, it will also publish  guidelines and documentation on best practices regarding the digitisation of contemporary art.

By July 2013 the metadata on the digitised objects will be mapped, enriched, contextualised,  and aggregated for ingestion into Europeana. The DCA project will also deliver digital thumbnail  images of objects and links to high-quality reproductions to Europeana. The partner institution  can then make this digital content available through their own websites and other channels as  well. This will facilitate the public online access to (parts of) the contemporary art collections of partner institutions and foster augmented user experience. At the same time the digital  reproductions and metadata will also contribute to the preservation of the artworks and contextual documents.

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