The project has designed a cost-effective decentralized system that has enabled cultural institutions across Europe to source information from end-users and to determine the copyright status of works contained in their collections.
The project has allowed for enhanced access to 20th-century cultural heritage and has contributed to enabling the use and re-use of items that would have otherwise remained unexploited.
The objectives of the project were :
- To analyze the legal requirement of « diligent search » across the orphan works legislation of the 15 countries members of Heritage Plus.
- To investigate best practices of orphan works clearance across cultural heritage sectors (libraries, archives, and museums)
- (Based on this knowledge) to design, implement and optimize an online platform for crowd-sourced diligent searching on works contained in the collections of European cultural institutions
- To study the potential applications and challenges of the crowd-based search method for texts, images, films, works of visual art, and born-digital cultural heritage works.
The project has fostered knowledge exchange between cultural heritage stakeholders, including small and medium-sized institutions. It has produced a high-value tool to maximize sustainable management of recent cultural heritage and use and re-use of related cultural artifacts.
Impacts & Results
- The project has provided « sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage » and has thereby allowed for « use and re-use of all kind of cultural heritage.»
- Sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage have been provided by the innovative platform EnDOW.
- The project has focused on the preservation of a substantial part of the cultural heritage, including literature, visual arts, and music and excluding landscaped and buildings.
- The project was aimed at identifying solutions to substantially reduce cost and therefore making the preservation of the cited cultural artefact sustainable in the medium and long run.
- The project has explored possible solutions to engineering an unprecedented user-friendly platform for crowd-sourced copyright clearance, with the ultimate aim of lowering to the minimum the costs of mass digitization of cultural heritage contained in the collections of European institutions.
- The outcome of the research has been made available to non-academic stakeholders, in particular cultural institutions of every size, including NGOs and SMEs, and to the public at large.
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