Conference: 'e-Infrastructures for Cultural Heritage'


e-Infrastructures for Cultural Heritage is the first of three international conferences taking place in the course of the DC-NET project. Besides providing a presentation of the project and its preliminary results, the conference aims to open a debate on the possibilities e-infrastructures offer for services and research in the cultural heritage sector and on how the two communities (e-infrastructure operators and cultural heritage institutions) could better cooperate in the future not forgetting the necessary strong involvement of the research community.

This debate will be initiated by general presentations on the operation and landscape of e-infrastructures in the international context and stimulated by presentations on best practices, current research and new (visionary) developments. The conference aims to reach representatives from the cultural sector, ICT and research, and cultural and science policy.

All presentations will be in English (simultaneous translation into Dutch and French will be available).




  • The EC’s e-Infrastructure policy
    Mario Campolargo, Director "Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures", DG Information Society and Media of the EC
  • The views of the European e-Infrastructure Forum (networks, grids, HPC, supercomputing)
    Bob Jones, EEF Chairman, CERN, CH

The ERANET DC-NET project (Digital Cultural Heritage-Network): Objectives and first initiatives

  • Introduction
    Rosella Caffo DC-NET Project Coordinator, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, IT
  • Cultural Heritage approaches e-Infrastructures
    Jean Moulin, BELSPO/STIS, BE

Cultural Heritage and the Humanities within the ESFRI European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures

  • The e-Infrastructure landscape for SSH and the projects "Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities" (DARIAH) and "Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure" (CLARIN)
    Jane Ohlmeyer, Centre for War Studies, Department of History, Trinity College, Dublin IE; member of the ESFRI Thematic Working Group SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • The Belgian e-infrastructures (BELNET, BEGrid, VSC, CECI)
    Rosette Vandenbroucke, BELNET/BEgrid and VUB, BE

How Cultural and Scientific Heritage use e-Infrastructures: Research and New (Visionary) Developments

  • New Developments in Digital Repository Infrastructure
    Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, University Library Ghent, BE, partner of the project DRIVER2
  • A Virtual Research Environment for the Humanities (e-Science methods in Arts and Humanities)
    Heike Neuroth, leader of the project TextGrid, State and University Library Göttingen, DE
  • Advanced Use of Computer Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation
    Luc Van Gool, KULeuven, BE, partner of the projects EPOCH and 3D-COFORM
  • Opening and Enhancing the Use of the Archives of European Cultural Heritage Institutions
    Ina Vanden Berghe, KIK-IRPA, BE, partner of the project CHARISMA

The next steps of DC-NET up to December 2011 and beyond

  • Identifying New e-Infrastructure Service Priorities for the Cultural Heritage and Building a Joint Activities Plan
    Christophe Dessault, Ministry of Culture and Communication, FR
  • Introduction of the next DC-NET conference under the Hungarian Presidency (June 2011)
    Ivan Ronai, Ministry of Culture, HU

See the programme on the conference website for time details.

Additional information 

DC-NET - Digital Cultural heritage NETwork is an ERA-NET (European Research Area Network) project, financed by the European Commission under FP7’s Capacities Programme |  Research Infrastructures.

The DC-NET project started on the 1st of December 2009 and will end in December 2011. Ministries of Culture and Research of 8 EU Member States are participating in the project. For Belgium, the project partner is the Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) / Scientific and Technical Information Service (STIS).

The project’s aim is to establish a joint public programme of research priorities for the digital cultural heritage sector in the participating countries and to explore how e-infrastructures can contribute to its realisation with existing or newly to be developed services.


Royal Library of Belgium
Keizerslaan 2 Boulevard de l’Empereur
B-1000 Brussels


8:30 - 18:00

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The conference is free of charge, but prior registration is obligatory.

  • Agendabericht
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  • 04-08-2010
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  • David Coppoolse (Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheken)