A central online portal to Media Art in Europe, approved by EC eContentplus programme
With its programme eContentplus, the European Community supports projects that help develop the "i2010: Digital Libraries" initiative. The project "Gateway to Archives of Media Art" is amongst those projects to participate in this endeavour with a Community support of 1.2 million Euro. Initiated by Bremen's University FOr the Arts and the Institute FOr InFOrmation and Communication Technology (TZI) of the University of Bremen, the 2.5 million Euro project will be implemented within the next two years as a a mutual undertaking of a consortium comprising 19 institutions from 12 European countries .
The objective is to establish a professionally coordinated central online access to Europe's most important digital archives and libraries on media art and thus significantly enhance not only access but above all exploitation of the material gathered by expert institutions. The challenge is met by a well balanced team of art historians and theorists to safeguard the integrity of the approach to the artworks, cultural agents to provide not only content but above all their yearlong expertise at the interface between artists, collectors, curators and the interested public, and technological research and IT experts who will implement state-of-the-art technology to ensure both a high level of user-friendliness and a sophisticated query perFOrmance.