January 2023 (27 months)
AI4Europeana proposes the development of the AI4Culture platform: an online capacity building hub for the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in the Cultural Heritage (CH) sector. The platform offers access to a pool of AI-related resources: (i) a set of deployable and reusable AI tools; (ii) open labelled datasets amenable for training and testing AI models; and (iii) capacity building materials. The AI4Culture platform will be populated with an initial suite of AI tools, offered as deployable software packages as well as services. To this end, a number of existing digital components will be customised, interfaced, and packaged, so that they can be readily used by CH institutions in the context of representative and real-life application scenarios: multilingual text recognition in scanned documents; multilingual subtitles generation and validation; enrichment with information extracted from images and semantic linking; and machine translation for CH metadata. Furthermore, said components will be interoperable with the Europeana Core Service platform. The project also processes and makes available under open licences a range of datasets with human-produced or -validated annotations to various CH-related resources, including handwritten documents, images, and CH metadata. This way, AI4Culture boosts the availability of relevant materials from (and for) Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAMs) to be used for training, validating and evaluating AI tools. Finally, the project will produce a multifarious range of materials for upskilling, including Wikis, tutorials, step-by-step guides and best practices, as well as a series of capacity building events with hand-on sessions and a hackathon. With this comprehensive offering, the project has a clear and strong value proposition for the CH sector, helping it to overcome the barriers that have prevented a broad adoption of AI technologies so far and thereby innovating the Data Space for CH.
1. STICHTING EUROPEANA
2. DATOPTRON I.K.E.
3. FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
4. TRANSLATED SRL
5. CROSSLANG NV
6. DATABLE BV
7. PANGEANIC-B. I. EUROPA SLU
8. KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
9. EUROPEAN FASHION HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
10. STICHTING NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOORBEELD EN GELUID
11. AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH