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Estonian e-Repository and Conservation of Collections (e-Varamu)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, PO: 50090 (Estonia)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Under construction since 2011
Scientific Description
The planned portal "E-varamu" is a semantics-based search engine, which allows for access to related information from all databases of Estonian "memory institutions" - librarys, archives, collections and other information relevant to the research community. The portal will use extensive cross-reference methods between several databases, connect the search items with (science) literature catalogues and allow for saving querys and user-preferences. In addition to the portal, the infrastructure will feature a mass deacidification centre for conservation, and a large mass deacidification centre for written literature. The infrastructure creates the capability to digitize holdings of memory institutions and make the data more accessible for end-users through portal.

RI Keywords
Deacidificating, Book scanning, Digital library, Search engine, Data networks, Information catalogue, Virtual infrastructure, Mass digitizing, Deacidification centre, Digital repository, Library portal, Semantic web, Digitizing centre
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Research Archives
Research Libraries
Research Bibliographies
Research Data Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Mass deacidification

Mass deacidification of library and archival materials on acidic paper.

Software development

Developing thin-client access portals.

Database storage and data handling

Scientific databases for storing and handling of data.

Printer materials digitizing

Digitisation of cultural heritage (books, manuscripts, audio-visual materials ect).

Disk array

Disk storage system for digital archives.

Mass-deacidification system

Treatment chamber(s); paper material precondiitioning (e.g drying) chamber(s); deacidificant fluid collector(s), deacidification reagent/carrier fluid storage tank(s).

Automatic book scanner

Book scanner with automatic page turner. Documents (books, magazines, bound newspapers) max A1 format can be handled.

Societal Grand Challenges
Inclusive, innovative and secure societies
National Public Funding Organisations
Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2010
Research Infrastructures of National Importance (Estonia)
Date of last update: 01/07/2013