CATCHPlus Tools for better en permanent access to Cultural Heritage - New Trends in eHumanities

Patricia Alkhoven and Hennie Brugman, Meertens Instituut, CATCHPlus


November 24, 2011

CATCHPlus: tools for better en permanent access to Cultural Heritage
CATCHPlus builds on the running program “Continuous Access To Cultural Heritage” (CATCH), ran by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). In CATCH, computer scientists, the humanities and the cultural heritage sector have set up a unique collaboration with collection managing institutions. Innovation, interoperability and cooperation are central issues in this project.

CATCH started in 2004 and a number of subprojects have been finished. In CATCHPlus, the prototypes and demos from eight of the finished projects will be converted to reliable tools. Software that is solid and can be used in multiple institutions. From prototype to reliable application!

The main purpose of CATCHPlus is to valorize scientific research results to usable tools and services for the entire Dutch heritage sector. This software leads to better disclosure and larger accessibility of collections from heritage institutions. The unique cooperation between large heritage institutions, universities and companies in CATCHPlus, creates a new crossroad of IT and cultural heritage. The products from CATCHPlus promote cooperation and coordination in the information infrastructure of the heritage sector.

CATCHPlus will run till mid-2012. By that time, the products will need to have been implemented in heritage institutions. New business plans and forms of cooperation are developed to guarantee their sustainability for the future.

Bios: Patricia Alkboven & Hennie Brugman
Dr Patricia Alkhoven is Project Manager of the CATCHPlus project. She will set out the objectives and results of the project. Before Patricia joined the Meertens Institute she worked for several organizations in the field of ICT and Cultural Heritage. She has a PhD in Architectural History (The Changing Image of the City, 1993) and worked for twelve years at the Research & Development Department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands. She was Director of the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium 2006-2007 and Head of Collections of the Netherlands Architecture Institute 2007-2010.

Drs Hennie Brugman is Technical Coordinator of the CATCHPlus project. During the presentation, he will provide details about the software tools in development and the services for the cultural heritage sector. Brugman received an MSc degree in theoretical physics at the University of Nijmegen in 1987. From 1991 until 2010 he has been working for the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen as scientific programmer and project coordinator. He has been involved in several national and European research projects, generally focusing on the construction and exploitation of tools and infrastructure for multimedial linguistic corpora. In 2002 he received the Heinz Billing Award for the Advancement of Scientific Computation. From 1993 until 2005 he has designed and developed annotation tools and models for time based media (video, audio) such as the widely used ELAN annotation tool. From 2005 until 2009 he worked as scientific programmer in one of the CATCH research projects. During that period he was coordinator for software development efforts of ten CATCH projects. Since 2009 Brugman is working as technical coordinator of the CATCHPlus valorization project.