EU Project PARSE

PARSE.Insight is a two-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme. STM is one of the project partners and members of the consortium carrying out the project for the EU. Started in 2008, it concerns the preservation of digital information in science, from primary data through analysis to the final publications resulting from the research. The problem is how to safeguard this valuable digital material over time, to ensure that it is accessible, usable and understandable in future. The rapid pace of change in information technology threatens media, file formats and software with obsolescence, and changing concepts and terminology also mean that, even if data can be read, it might not be correctly interpreted by future generations.

Many initiatives are already under way in this area, and the aim of the PARSE.Insight project is to develop a roadmap and recommendations for developing the e-infrastructure in order to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of scientific digital information in Europe. The project conducts surveys and in-depth case studies of different scientific disciplines and major stakeholders-researchers, data managers, publishers, and funders-and will base its results on these findings, as well as knowledge of ongoing developments.

PARSE.Insight is closely linked to the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science. The output from the project is intended to guide the European Commission's strategy about research infrastructure.

Project Partners

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK (STFC) (Lead)
  • Goettingen State and University Library (UGOE/SUB)
  • Max Planck Society (MPG/MPDL)
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • European Space Agency (ESA/ESRIN)
  • University of Hagen (FUH)
  • International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM)
  • National Library of the Netherlands (KB)
  • German National Library (DNB)

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