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eContentplus was a European Commission program aimed at making digital content in Europe more accessible and usable. The program was active from 2005 to 2008, and funded over 60 projects, including DIGMAP, Communia and ePSIplus.[1]

eContentplus replaced a previous program, eContent, which ran from 2001 to 2004.[2] It was managed by the European Commission's Information Society. The Commission funded the program with an allocation of €149 million, of which €55,6 million were to be spent from inception to 31 December 2006.

Program goals

One of the programme's main goals was the creation of interoperable collections of scholarly digital content, from cultural institutions such as museums, libraries and archives. Also supported were projects designed to facilitate discovery and retrieval of digital objects from these collections. Priority was given to projects in the field of geographical and spatial data such as maps or land registration plans; aggregating national data sets into cross-border multinational ones; and educational content which supports pan-European eLearning initiatives.[3]

Projects were classified using 3 main categories: 'Targeted Projects' (TP), which were projects that either produced new digital content, or facilitated the discovery or access to exiting content; 'Content Enrichment Projects' (CEP), also referred to as "Best Practices", were projected that added metadata and documentation to existing data sets; and 'Thematic Networks' (TN), which connected different stakeholders around a specific theme.

Beginning in 2009, projects that were within the scope of eContentplus are managed under a new program, the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Policy Support Programme ("ICT PSP"). ICT PSP is one of three programmes implemented through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) ("CIP").

Funded projects

Projects funded by eContentplus[1]
NameDescriptionYear InitiatedFunding (€M)
GS SoilAssessment and strategic development of INSPIRE compliant Geodata-Services for European Soil data20084.1
Plan4allEuropean Network of Best Practices for Interoperability of Spatial Planning Information20083.3
mEducatorMulti-type Content Repurposing and Sharing in Medical Education20083.6
OpenScoutSkill based scouting of open user-generated and community-improved content for management education and training20082.8
LiLaLibrary of Labs - Dissemination of Remote and virtual Laboratories for Natural Sciences and Engineering20082
OpenScienceResourcesTowards the development of a Common Digital Repository for Formal and Informal Science Education20082.6
Math-BridgeEuropean Remedial Content for Mathematics20081.8
BHL-EuropeBiodiversity Heritage Library for Europe20083.36
EurogeneEUROGENE: the first pan-European learning service in the field of genetics20061.18
EuropeanaConnect20084.5
EuropeanaTravel20081.4
MIMOMusical Instruments Museums Online20081.6
Inter2GeoInteroperable Interactive Geometry for Europe20071.5
COMMUNIAThe European Thematic Network on the Public Domain in the Digital Age20061
ePSIplusePSIPlus: towards the 2008 review of the Directive on PSI re-use20050.95
DIGMAPDiscovering our Past World with Digitised Historical Maps20050.95
APENETArchives Portal of Europe on the Internet20072.4
Discovery ProjectDigital Semantic Corpora for Virtual Research in Philosophy20052
EUscreenExploring Europe's Television Heritage in Changing Contexts20084.3
Video ActiveVideo Active Creating Access to Television Heritage20052.7
NEEONetwork of European Economists Online20060.988

References

  1. ^ a b "Funded projects". European Commission Information Society. http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/econtentplus/projects/funded_projects/index_en.htm. 
  2. ^ Holoubek, Michael; Dragana Damjanovic, Matthias Traimer (2007). Regulating content: European regulatory framework for the media and related creative sectors. Kluwer Law International. p. 53. ISBN 9789041125972. 
  3. ^ Eurofunding comprehensive guide: 450 European funds + methodology : 2006. welcomeurope. 2006. p. 73. ISBN 9782914793582. 
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