ICARUS – INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ARCHIVAL RESEARCH STANDS FOR A COMMUNITY OF MORE THAN 126 ARCHIVES AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS FROM 26 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES PLUS CANADA, RISING TO THE VARIOUS CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL ERA.
The first and most essential pillar of the international archival research centre ICARUS is to keenly support archives in rising to the challenges of the digital era — based on the principle of…
COMPLEMENTARITY in accordance to international strategies and standards. Consequently, ICARUS clearly aims at supporting archives and related institutions taking up to new tasks and challenges resulting from the advancing digital technologies and their implicitness.
To achieve these endeavors it is fundamental to not only effectively build up and maintain electronic infrastructures as well as shared standards and strategies – but to furthermore jointly seek new approaches for international cooperation which facilitate, sharing specific expert experiences and know-how, the possibilities to work out additional funding systems and constituting and promoting online content.
Based on the principles of synergy it is obvious, that rising to the digital challenges as a community by sharing not only each others’ experiences — but also common infrastructure and resources is by far more effective than having each one muddle along on his own. Therefore ICARUS on the one hand acts as a platform for work groups in various fields of archival activities or runs joint portals such as Monasterium, ICARUSNet and Matricula.
ICARUS can provide a wide spectrum of resources in the field of project-oriented transnational cooperation in order to support project partners with administrative and financial issues as well as educational and cultural approaches. Supported by ICARUS, partners will have the freedom to focus intensively on professional matters and will be freed from the burden of having to deal with administrative issues.