Istituto centrale per il catalogo unico delle biblioteche italiane

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Partner profile

ICCU – Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information) is a branch of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities).

ICCU has a deep expertise in digitisation standards and guidelines, collaboration for integrated access to Cultural Heritage resources; in fact, on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, it coordinates major digital cultural heritage projects on the national level, for example, Internet Culturale (launched in 2001), which developed an integrated access portal to the digital resources of Italian libraries, and CulturaItalia, the Italian culture portal. At the European level the director of ICCU was involved as coordinator in many digitisation projects since FP5, such as MINERVA and MICHAEL for the coordination of digitisation policies and programmes, DC-NET and INDICATE for the development of CH infrastructures, ATHENA, Linked Heritage, Europeana Judaica, Europeana Awareness, and Europeana 1914-1918 for the content contribution to Europeana.

ICCU cooperates with Fototeca Nazionale ( and Foto SAR ( ICCU is involved in standardisation activities, among which MAG and PICO for cross-domain, used in CulturaItalia portal and LIDO, the standard for museum harvesting developed in the frame of the ATHENA project (coordinated by ICCU).


Partner contribution to the project

ICCU leads WP7 Dissemination and gives technical support for digitisation to the Società geografica italiana. In fact, ICCU selected as content provider the photographical archive of the Società Geografica Italiana (Italian Geographical Society) that put at the project’s disposal its historical fund.