BRICKS - Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services
Project website:  BRICKS 
Principal Investigator: Yannis Ioannidis
Duration: 01/01/2004 - 30/06/2007

Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services

European Digital Memory

The BRICKS Integrated Project (IP) aims at establishing the organisational and technological foundations of a Digital Library at the level of a European Digital Memory. A “digital library“ in this context refers to a networked system of services over globally available collections of multimedia digital documents, providing a variety of knowledge layers for a variety of users and access modalities.

The BRICKS vision is an integrated system that offers functionality for new generation of Digital Libraries, a comprehensive term covering “Digital Museums“, “Digital Archives“ and other kinds of digital memory systems. The results of the Project will constitute the main assets of a Factory, which has been subsidised by the Consortium partners and the EU for the duration of the Project, but will sustain itself in the future. The mission of the BRICKS Factory is the definition, development and maintenance of a user- and service-oriented space to share knowledge and resources in the Cultural Heritage domain.

BRICKS is an Innovative…

In order to achieve this ambitious goal, BRICKS must advance the Status of the Art in the Digital Libraries in the following aspects:

  • employ a service-oriented approach, focusing on the right added value for the user, in contrast to the traditional content-oriented approach
  • rely on a distributed open infrastructure, in order to reduce the cost of development and deployment of new services by maximising the re-use of existing results, and to reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the need for a centralised organisational and/or technical infrastructure.
  • see global semantics as an evolutionary process, emerging from local interactions and agreements in order to overcome linguistic and ontological barriers and realise a shared knowledge space.



The critical mass needed to sustain and develop this scientific and technical impact requires the use of the innovative instrument designed by the EC in the 6th Framework:the Integrated Project.BRICKS is integrated in the following ways:

  • it aims at integrating the wide spectrum of experience and background present in its Consortium: research, business, technology, art and culture
  • its integration of concrete objectives (four main user application scenarios) and an ambitious vision for the future of Digital Cultural Heritage
  • it aims at designing and developing an advanced infrastructure in order to integrate resources and services for cultural users, at the same time aims at integrating many European Cultural Objects and Content from different countries
  • it is based on the integration of nationally funded projects and results already achieved by other EC IST projects.


and Open Project

In the same way the necessity to sustain and advance the BRICKS Factory in the future requires an open sustainability approach BRICKS is open in the following ways:

  • its use of open standards and the open source software development approach
  • it is based on an open community to enlarge and enforce its resources and input from researchers, scientists, art professionals and users
  • it is open to expansion, by inserting new application scenarios and other project results in a "plug and play" manner.



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