Europe holds vast resources of cultural, scientific and educational content that is still largely untapped and invisible to the general public. Our vision is to bring this content to the surface, where it can be put to new and different uses.

The following example demonstrates how the general public can get access to the many treasures of cultural, scientific and educational resources curated by memory organisations across Europe and the world:

Hanna is a 37-year-old NGO worker from Trondheim, Norway. The organisation she works for focuses on planting trees in deforested areas, following the philosophy of Wangari Maathai. Hanna, who works on several small-scale projects in many different countries, wants to write a blog article informing the public about the serious issue of disappearing forests in the Asia-Pacific region.

While she is typing some keywords, a widget on the right hand side suggests scientific publications, maps and other images related to her topic. Hanna is happy because she can use some historical maps and insert some of the publications as references. Readers of her blog will find not only her professional expertise on the subject, but also additional information from cultural and scientific databases they would not have discovered otherwise.

EEXCESS technologies will…
…detect the topics citizens are writing about.
…integrate the relevant literature references, data and images from EEXCESS content repositories (e.g. Collections Trust Culture Grid, EconBiz, Mendeley).
…display the data in widgets that can easily be included in portals and services of almost any type.
…adapt the search results to the user-specific context, e.g. if she uses a university account licensed articles are suggested, if she works on an account with no special rights she only gets open access suggestions.

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