EnDOW - Heritage Plus Project Profile

The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPICH) has selected 16 transnational research projects for Heritage Plus funding. The Heritage Plus programme pools the necessary financial resources from participating national programmes and from the European Community, to fund research projects in the cultural heritage field. The Heritage Portal (also a JPI-funded initiative) will be highlighting the 16 projects in a series of posts.

EnDOW: Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance

Project Participants: 

  • CIPPM, Bournemouth University, The UK (England)
  • CREATe, University of Glasgow, The UK (Scotland)
  • IViR, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • ASK, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Digitization of 20th Century cultural heritage is severely restricted due to the real or potential subsistence of copyright and related rights. Under the new European laws on orphan works, a large amount of cultural heritage whose copyright status is uncertain could possibly be lawfully digitized by cultural institutions on condition that a “diligent search” of the rightholders has been performed. While these diligent searches trigger prohibitively high costs for institutional users, this project designs a cost effective de-centralized system that enables cultural institutions across Europe to source information from end-users and determine the copyright status of works contained in their collections. It will do so through analytical and empirical approaches to mass digitization.

Key objectives of EnDOW are:

  • To analyse 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.

About Heritage Plus

The Heritage Plus project is fully in line with the JPICH as part of the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and of the Action Programme. Consequently the Heritage Plus call will be focused in topics on tangible cultural heritage, developing new methodologies, technologies and products for the assessment, protection and management of historical and modern arte-facts, buildings and sites, while not excluding interlinked aspects of digital and intangible heritage, following the interdisciplinary basic criteria on which the JPICH SRA devolved. Visit the JPICH website at http://www.jpi-culturalheritage.eu

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