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Partner profile

The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML, was established in 1988, in the School of Computer and Electrical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. The members of the Lab (which are about 35, including research scientists, researchers, Ph.D students, programmers, and supporting staff) are active members of the research community having published more than 100 journal and 200 international conference contributions. IVML has been involved in more than a hundred R&D projects. Half of them have been funded by the European Commission and the rest by Greek organisations. Ninety of them have been completed, while twelve are still in progress. IVML has been a key technological member in the Digital Libraries and particularly in the EUROPEANA developments. More specifically IVML has participated in the EDLNet project (2007-2008), in the E-Content Plus Europeana v1.0 Network (2009-2011), Europeana Connect (2009-2011), ATHENA (2008-2011) and currently participates in Carrare (2009-2012), E-CLAP (2010-2012), Eu-Screen (2009-2012), Linked Heritage, DCA, dealing with aggregation, content analysis and interoperability issues in Europeana. Prof S. Kollias has been a member of the EC ‘Interoperability Group’ on Digital Libraries in 2006-2007, and a member of the Member States Expert Group on Digital Libraries (2007-2012).

Partner contribution to the project

IVML is the technical partner and leader of WP6. Its main role is to harvest the metadata from the content providers and to submit it to Europeana. In particular IVML is responsible for

  • the selection of an appropriate intermediate schema, capable of accommodating all the important information about photographic content;
  • assisting the content providers to export their in-house metadata to XML and map it to the selected intermediate schema;
  • transforming the aggregated metadata to the Europeana Data Model (EDM) and submitting it to Europeana.

IVML has participated in other Europeana "feeder" projects such as ATHENA and Linked Heritage. As an outcome of this experience MINT ( - a web tool that assists providers to map their metadata to a common schema and then to submit it to Europeana - has been developed.