The evolution of semantic technology and related impact on internet services and solutions, such as social media, mobile technologies, etc., have de-termined a strong evolution in digital content services. Traditional content based online services are leaving the space to a new generation of solutions. In this paper, the experience of one of those new generation digital content service is presented, namely ECLAP (European Collected Library of Artistic Performance, eclap.eu). It has been partially founded by the European Commission and includes/aggregates more than 35 international institutions. ECLAP provides services and tools for content management and user networking. They are based on a set of newly researched technologies and features in the area of semantic computing technologies capable of mining and establishing relationships among content elements, concepts and users. On this regard, ECLAP is a place in which these new solutions are made available for interested institutions.
ECLAP has been set up as co-funded by the European Union ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, Theme CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.2.2, Grant Agreement N°250481. The main goal of ECLAP is the content aggregation and metadata semantic enrichment for Europeana. Europeana europeana.org collects cultural heritage metadata coming from several aggregators (as ECLAP), institutions, universities, foundations, museums, schools of art, that represent the European cultural heritage. Europeana foundation and portal do not collect content items files, but only classification information (i.e., metadata), including the original URLs to the content. These URLs refer to the original content owner and/or to the content aggregator. According to this, ECLAP performs cultural enrichment and promotion of European culture, and provides support for relevant improvements in learning and research in the field of performing arts. At the same time, ECLAP is a live lab in which several new technologies and solutions in the area of semantic computing and social media have been developed and put under trial of the final users and institutions. On this regard, ECLAP is open for both content and research results experimentations, and presently comprises more than 35 prestigious international institutions; 18 of them started since ECLAP early set up in the 2010, others joined ECLAP successively as affiliated and networking partners of ECLAP. They are representative of many different cultures and countries of the world such as: University of Florence, Dario Fo & Franca Rame Archive, University of Rome La Sapienza, Liber Liber, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Italy; Beeld en Geluid (Sound & Vision), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo do Porto, Portugal; Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, France; The Institute of Polish Culture University of Warsaw, Grotowski Institute, Poland; Museu de les Arts Escèniques Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain; La Bellone House of Performing Arts, Belgium; MUZEUM of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Hungarian Theatre Institute, Hungary; Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, Coventry University, UK; Spain; Festival Cielos del Infinito, Chili; University of South Africa, South Africa; Department of Information Systems for Arts and Humanities, Russia.
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