Information Systems Laboratory


Category: european

Project Title: AQUARELLE - Sharing Cultural Heritage through Multimedia Telematics

Funding Organization: EU - DGIII, ESPRIT

Coordinator: "European Research Consortium for Mathematics and Informatics (ERCIM), EEIG (FRA), Alain Michard"

Partners: Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerche(ITA), Foundation for Research & Technology (GR) , Institute for Language and Speech Processing-ILSP (GR) , Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (FRA), Universite de Montpellier II-Laboratoire d Informatique, de Robotique et de Microelectronqiue (FRA) , Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Council-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (GB), ERGOMATIC Consultants (FRA), Bibliotheque Nationale de France (FRA) , Museum Documentation Association (GB), Ministere de la Culture (FRA), Ministry of Culture (GR), Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (GB), Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali-Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (ITA), BULL s.a. (FRA), EUROCLID s.a.r.l. (FRA) , GRIF s.a. (FRA) , FINSIEL (ITA) , Fratelli ALINARI (ITA) , GIUMTI MULTIMEDIA S.r.l. (ITA) , System Simulation S.A. (GB) , INTRASOFT S.A.(GR) , BENAKI Museum (GR)

Duration: 01/01/1996 - 31/12/1998

Expiration Date: 31/12/1998

Total Budget: 6038135

FORTH ICS budget: 322209

Project Objective: 

The Aquarelle project aimed at designing and developing a distributed multimedia information system, offering access to information describing cultural heritage such as painting, sculptures, historical sites and monuments, musical instruments and furniture.
Cultural information is provided by many cultural organisations under various forms and structures (record, document, image, draw-platforms or text bases), using different information systems and platforms.
The main objectives of the Aquarelle project was to make cultural information available to a large amount of researchers, publishers, museum curators etc., by :

  • providing a uniform access to heterogeneous distributed databases and collections of data,
  • linking and commenting pieces of information belonging to different databases and,
  • offering multilingual terminology support.

Contact Person: Vassilis Christophides,

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