CENDARI: Collaborative European Digital Archival Research Infrastructure

CENDARI is an acronym referring to the Collaborative European Digital Archival Research Infrastructure, a 4-year, European Commission-funded project which integrates digital archives and resources for the pilot areas of medieval culture and the First World War.

The aim of CENDARI is to pilot the implementation of a virtual research infrastructure which will allow scholars to access historical resources across institutional and national boundaries. At the core of the CENDARI environment are federated archival resources from more than a thousand institutions across Europe and the world.

The project brings information and computer scientists together with leading historians and existing historical research infrastructures (archives, libraries and other digital projects) to improve the conditions for historical scholarship in Europe, through active response to the impact of the digital age on scholarly and archival practice.
CENDARI is formed of 14 partners from 8 European countries:

Freie Universität Berlin • University of Birmingham • Trinity College Dublin • Czech National Library • Università di Cassino • The European Library • Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) • King’s College, London • Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA) • University of Stuttgart • Goettingen State and University Library • Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts • Fondazione Ezio Franceschini • Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino

The CENDARI project has been financed by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research
CENDARI External Expert Advisory Board

  • Prof Jay Winter (Chair), Department of History, Yale University, USA
  • Dr Kuldar Aas, Deputy Director of Digital Archives, National Archives of Estonia, Estonia
  • Prof. Dan Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Dr Frédérique Joannic-Seta, Adjointe à la Direction, Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine, France
  • Dr Axel E. W. Müller, Director, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK
  • Prof. Milan Ristović, Department of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dr Karel Velle, Director of National Archives of Belgium, Belgium
  • Dr Alun Edwards, Digital Humanities at University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof. Joshua Sanborn, Lafayette College, USA
  • Prof. Richard E. Luce, Dean of University Libraries, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Dr Peder Andrén, Swedish National Archives, Sweden
  • Prof. Nicolas Apostolopoulos, Centre for Digital Systems, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany