Projects

The ICARUS community is part of several international projects. Whether as a lead or a regular partner, ICARUS contributes and provides its knowledge and experience, in order to expand archival outreach and support each project in reaching its full potential. 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 matters.

ICARUS not only helps its members to arrange all-round beneficial project synergies, but also find corresponding funding possibilities.

ICARUS has ample expertise at its disposal concerning the execution of European programmes: in assisting partners in the running of projects from basic administration to presenting and certifying final reports. 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.

Current projects

community as opportunity: the creative archives’ and users’ network (co:op)

Together, 17 institutions from 11 European countries successfully launched this project with the financial support of the European Commission within the Creative Europe funding programme to strengthen and promote the co-operation between archives and other institutions preserving our common cultural heritage and to encourage involving the general public.

CoOp-Logo_hochIn the age of digital information technology and the constant availability of information through the Internet, it is not only important to have democratic access to knowledge by means of digital tools, which is more and more taken for granted, but to focus on the amazing potential that lies in the critical production and expansion of knowledge.
It has become more and more important to actively question and include the general public as seismographs and creators of their own socio-cultural dynamics, in order to encourage awareness of individual responsibility and the right to have a say.

Learn more about the project’s activities here.

Archivum Rhenanum

The participating archives and further project partners intend to virtually reunite the historic memory of the Upper Rhine region and thereby overcome established barriers at all levels. This project aims at offering access to the general public to their “memory” by providing up-to-date explanations, consistent bilingualism (German and French) and new media (digitization, online offerings and services, bilingual communication platforms). Visit their website in English or French for more information.

APEx – Archives Portal Europe network of excellence

The APEx-consortium is comprised of 28 European national archives and ICARUS, aims at establishing an internet portal for documents and archives in Europe – the Archives Portal Europe –  and additionally functions as archives’ aggregator for Europeana. For more information on the project, visit their website.

St. Stephan in Vienna. The architecture of written sources.

How can the construction process of the Viennese St. Stephan’s Church be presented taking written sources into account? How did this process change or warrant the population of the Middle Ages? And how did the process influence time specific concepts of solidarity, community and group building?

Stephanskirche_Credit Institut für Kunstgeschichte WienFor the first time in the 200-year-long research history, „St. Stephan in Vienna. The architecture of written sources.“ approaches these questions with a systematically executed registration of the associated written sources. A problem-oriented analysis will, firstly, refer archeological building facts and petrographic examinations to the “architecture of the written sources”, point out incoherencies and gaps in existing source findings and will eventually search for solutions where divergences arise. Secondly, a comparing presentation will inform on time specific concepts of solidarity and community building of those socio-cultural groups that were involved in the various individual construction phases of the building and its’ complex symbolic meaning for the St. Stephan’s Church.

Project Lead: Doz. Dr. Barbara Schedl  (Institute für Arti History Vienna)
FWF-Projekt P 24501-G21
Duration: 01.04.2012-31.03-2015

Please click here for more information (in German) on the project.

Here you can find our project corresponding press announcement (In German).

ProDomo

This project aims at making the classical and wide-spread source of the monastic “Professbuch” easier accessible and easier to amend. A second step will connect biographic information across the borders of individual monasteries.

The first working phase will collect biographic information on persons dedicated to God in Central Europe in an online database. To start with, holy order authorities before 1900 will be registered; following steps could include diocesan clergy.

The history of persons is a neglected category within the monastic history research. There is relatively comprehensive knowledge on buildings and monastery estates but knowledge on their convents (especially in the case of dismissed convents) is scarce. Significant results are to be expected: geographical relations between monasteries and certain (often distant) cities, social networks and intellectual groupings.

ProDomo will furthermore render cultural output: access to monastic archival material can be difficult, especially in smaller monastic communities. With the reconditioning of ProDomo access to biographical data will be guaranteed rather effortlessly. The database will be capable to correct and deepen existing “Professbücher” – this couldn´t be achieved with merely printed books.

By registering biographical data in an online database, this information will be made accessible to a global research community and passed on to the next generation of holy order kinsmen. There are “Professbücher” or similar prosopographic records in almost every convent but they are complicated to access as hand writing from before 1940 is difficult to read nowadays. ProDomo will analyze and make these records accessible and analyze on a long-term preservation data medium.

Publication of a first beta version: Fall 2015

Working group: P. Alkuin Schachenmayr, Thomas Aigner, Andreas Zajic, Barbara Schedl, Thomas Wallnig

With financial support of: Cistercian Abbey Heiligenkreuz, Cistercian Abbey Lilienfeld, Archabbey St. Peter, Salzburg, Premonstratensian Abbey Schlägl, Augustinian monastery Klosterneuburg

Past projects

ENArC – European Network on Archival Cooperation

Due to the increasing development in the area of digitization and the electronic presentation of cultural assets combined with the consequent demands on modern service providers – which definitely include archives – the latter have to increasingly connect and coordinate internet services not only within their national markets, but on an European level as well. ENArC is the network to accomplish these goals. Visit their website for more information.

CrArC – Crossborder Archives

“Memory without borders“ – written sources of Slovakian and Austrian Archives online

This portal stands for:

  • Crossing the border — free online access to written sources of formerly closely connected historical regions — a virtual memory without borders!
  • Creating a common historical identity — networking through cross-border cooperation of archives and other related institutions.
  • Moving Closer — a series of events accompany our project.

For more information visit their website.

Men and Books

The project found a solution to exterminate mould with a substance and method harmless to men and books. This is beneficial for all European users of archival material. To learn more about the project and its resulst, visit their website.

Net.Archiv

One focal point of the project pivoted around the digitization of parish books in the Dioceses of Linz (Upper Austria, AT) and Passau (Bavaria, DE), results available on the Matricula website. The other focused on promoting scientific research on shared regional history as well as the digitial processing of relevant source material for the Historical Atlas – Innviertel.

Charters Network

The main contents and aims of the project were proclaimed as followed:

  • Strengthening the cooperation between the different archives via regular meetings and workshops and a newly developed “Expert-Exchange-Programme”.
  • Digitization of medieval charters within the stocks of the participating archives.
  • Implementation of the new data into the online platform for digitized charters Monasterium.Net  in order to establish a virtual archive for written sources of the Middle Ages in Europe.
  • Creation of innovative practices for the use of virtual archives: collaborative archive MOM-CA – allowing registered users to actively use the charters on the Monasterium.Net platform.