Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies
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What is PARTHENOS?
PARTHENOS is a consortium of national research organisations (e.g. CNR, Italy and INRIA, France), cultural heritage institutions and existing Research Infrastructures (as listed in the previous answer), which in turn often consist of many member organisations based across Europe.
The project is led by PIN Scrl, a research and educational public body organized as a consortium formed by the University of Florence and local institutions.
There are fifteen other partners. You can visit each of the participating organisations via this web page: http://www.parthenos-project.eu/consortium/
The acronym PARTHENOS stands for “Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies”. It is inspired by Athena Parthenos, the Greek goddess of wisdom, inspiration and civilization.
Why is PARTHENOS needed?
The PARTHENOS project empowers digital research in the fields of History, Language Studies, Cultural Heritage, Archaeology, and related fields across the (Digital) Humanities.
PARTHENOS will bring together several existing research infrastructures to make it easier to find and combine information from different domains. Therefore PARTHENOS will join together data and people from many disciplines in the humanities. By working together, PARTHENOS will:
• develop common standards to ease exploitation;
• coordinate joint activities among research projects;
• harmonize policy definition and implementation;
• pool methods and services;
• share solutions to the same problems;
• bring people and their expertise together.
Example: Archaeologists discover a grave with a number of objects in it. These might contain some inscriptions so the language and the meanings will need to be investigated by linguistic resource experts. Carbon dating and other chemical tests will help provide dates for the grave and some of the goods – the chemical composition of certain minerals can pinpoint where they originated from. Coins can be used to provide dates and other items such as jewellery and hunting goods an indication of the status of the person who was buried. All these investigations require different specialisms and the need to be able to access information from different sources. It is the aim of PARTHENOS to make it easier for research teams to work together and provide access to the tools and data they need to do this.
What can I expect from the project?
PARTHENOS will establish the foundations for future interoperability of the humanities: other domains will be able to integrate into the PARTHENOS infrastructure (currently under development). Other less integrated domains will be able to learn the value of preserving and sharing data and findings. PARTHENOS will build bridges between the existing European Research Infrastructure Consortiums (ERICs), like CLARIN and DARIAH, and provide a roadmap for future development and collaboration of the ERICs. PARTHENOS will produce:
• a coherent, authoritative, well accepted set of policies, guidelines and tools concerning the management of data lifecycle and related issues such as IPR;
• a wide set of standards and semantics, originated from community needs and tailored to the methodology and intended use by researchers;
• a coherent set of tools for carrying out research using and re-using data.
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