9-12 May 2017
Europe/Rome timezone

e-Cultural Science Gateway - Reloaded: MuseiD-Italia use case

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Mr Luca Martinelli (ICCU)


The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information (ICCU) manages the online catalogue of Italian libraries, the interlibrary loan and document delivery National services, and coordinates several projects related to standardising, cataloguing and digitising bibliographic materials. ICCU also coordinates, on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, major digital cultural heritage projects at national level such as Internet Culturale, the portal of the digital resources of the Italian libraries, and CulturaItalia, the national aggregator for Europeana. ICCU case study relates to MuseiD-Italia (MDI), a digital library devoted to museums and integrated in CulturaItalia. The platform contains 6,567 museums descriptions and more than 95,000 digital objects, organised in 682 digital collections provided by more than 480 museums, with 78,000 relative descriptive metadata. MuseiD-Italia database size now is around 300 GB, with a growth estimate of another 200 GB. The main challenge that MuseiD-Italia faces lies in the high fragmentation and in the existing difficulties of communication and inter-operability of databases. This results in data collection, generation, and upload as phases that must be executed, and not just supervised, by dedicated people at ICCU. Moreover, correction/modification of descriptive metadata is also a task that must be executed by ICCU, since all of the digital materials descriptions are embedded in the “data packages.” Our solution is to move to an on-line repository provided by OneData, which can be accessed by all partners through federated access, where institutions can upload and manage their own collections of digital objects. This allows partners to keep control of their collections and to certify their quality, as well as allows ICCU to relieve some of the work burden, while keeping the supervision rights on the whole process.

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Mr Luca Martinelli (ICCU)

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