The project Cooperation Framework of Digital Infrastructure in the Region (CFDI) – Opportunities and Needs in Case of Material Concerning Famous People in Science and Culture was one of the projects funded by the DARIAH Theme 2017 funding call on Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research. CFDI aimed in initiating cooperation among GLAM institutions in these three countries for discussing the use of digital infrastructure in cultural and scientific communities of the wider region, with special emphasis on data exchange and copyright.
The project initiated cooperation among the following GLAM institutions:
- Croatia – Zagreb:
- Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU);
- National and University Library (NSK);
- Zagreb City Libraries (KGZ);
- State Archive in Varaždin (DAVŽ);
- Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography (LZMK);
- Museum of Arts and Crafts (MUO);
- Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (IEF);
- ICARUS HR;
- Koprivnica – ArhivPro d.o.o.
- Slovenia – Ljubljana:
- Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU);
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo:
- National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ZM BiH);
- National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina (NUB BiH).
Four workshops were organized in Zagreb in order to discuss how to use the same type of digital infrastructure as thematic portal about famous and distinguished people in Science and Culture in the three countries. This new portal, launched in July 2018, is EmintentPeople. The study included testing the interoperability of digital repositories by analysing ways of harvesting material and creating a single metadata search approach, standardization of digital object cataloguing methods and gathering information on different copyright law stipulations in the region. The project further pointed out the need for digitization of new objects. All this data gathered during the project, formed a guidelines report on the interoperability of digital infrastructures in the region which is publicly available on the EminentPeople portal.
1. November 28‐29, 2017: Topic of this first workshop was introducing collaboration methods between scientific and cultural institutions participating in the project. Participants also discussed topics to include in the guidelines report (general information, records and plans for digitization, standardization of practice – processing, use, copyright, projects, etc) and evaluated examples of good practices of digital repositories from the region and the world.
2. February 12‐14, 2018: This second workshop focused on issues of copyrights and on developing recommendations (Data Re‐Use Charter) for the region of Croatia-Slovenia-Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants also commented on a first version of the EmminentPeople thematic portal – its name and aggregation technology. Other topics addressed were the comparison of copyright laws, understanding different regulations and practices.
3. April 10‐11, 2018: The third workshop focused on testing the first version of the thematic portal, examining metadata profiles for particular types of materials in different institutions, testing metadata entry, using authority files of the National and University Library in Zagreb for persons, corporate bodies, subjects and a list of persons to be published on the thematic portal by the end of the project.
4. July 2‐3, 2018: The portal EminentPeople was launched. The discussion centered around issues for developing and sustaining the portal.
The portal EminentPeople
The thematic portal EminentPeople comprises selected important data and recommendations collected during the project on the following topics: vision and mission; retrieving and using digital content; copyright and related rights; citation of materials; providing new digital content; becoming a new partner institution; standards and bibliography. The Data Re-Use Charter recommendations are also published on the portal here.
The portal is only used for metadata aggregation purposes, not for cataloguing new items. Institutions that do not have their own digital repository at the moment will be able to use separate repositories to process their materials.