Athena-Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (Athena RC), Athens, Greece
(ARC) is a scientific research and technological organisation, functioning under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Ministry of Education). It comprises 3 research Institutes: Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) – dedicated to language technology research, development and innovation, Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) – dedicated to data and information management, and Industrial Systems Institute (ISI).
Athena plays a major role in the Greek and European data infrastructure community with great expertise regarding the design, development and operation of data infrastructures in a broad range of subject areas, including OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus (ARC team affiliated with the Univ. of Athens being the coordinator and a major technical partner), ESPAS (data infrastructure for near earth sciences), RDA-Europe (the Research Data Alliance), ARIADNE (archaeological research data infrastructures), iMarine (Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources), OpenDataMonitor (Open Data aggregation and visualization), OpenMinTeD (Text and Data Mining for Open Access scholarly works).
The project will be carried out by the Digital Curation Unit of IMIS, which was
launched at “Athena” Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies in January 2007 with the mission of conducting research, developing technologies and applications, providing services and training, and acting as a national focus point in the field of digital curation. Since June 2009 the DCU is a department of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems of the “Athena” Research Centre.
The Digital Curation Unit intends to serve the needs of a wide constituency of organisations and communities, in fields as diverse as e-government, organisational records management, research repositories in the sciences and humanities, and digital heritage. For this purpose, the DCU actively seeks partnerships and collaboration in research, government and private organizations. A “virtual laboratory” mode of operation will involve partners with complementary expertise. The DCU research agenda is addressing the entire set of digital curation processes with a multidisciplinary approach. More specifically, the long-term research agenda of DCU include streamlining the enrichment of knowledge resources, modeling the research processes, accessing of the research needs, identification and analysis of research
practices, design of technical requirements of infrastructures, analysis and enrichment of metadata, development of applications, development and hosting of websites and portals.