In 2014 Polish Digital Libraries Federation (DLF) has collected metadata about over 2 million of digital objects aggregated from Polish digital libraries, museums and archives. For over 10 years Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is focused on building national digital libraries infrastructure by the development of data sharing and aggregation services, e-learning and cultural heritage resources, knowledge management systems and also digitization process management and long term preservation services. These R&D activities are complemented by extensive practical experience with deployments of the tools supporting many elements of digitization workflow.

In this seminar the focus is on this extensive repository and service infrastructure with over 100 installations of digital libraries (including scientific libraries as well as many public initiatives) operating in Polish NREN PIONIER. It is providing a great historical and cultural value for society (e.g. for genealogy) but at the same time, while growing, it has been delivering new sources for scientific research. This resulted in further development and deployment of free online tools focused on digital humanities, such as Virtual Transcription Laboratory, Cutouts and page-generator, which can help with OCR tuning and post-correction for digitised content for scientists. These tools together with other services delivered by PIONIER NREN (e.g. archiving, federated identity, campus computing) created a digital humanities dimension of e-Infrastructure in Poland and abroad. Other international activities of PSNC will be also summarized like e-learning courses on digitization and participation in EU projects like EuropeanaLocal, IMPACT, SUCCEED, SCAPE, LoCloud, Europeana Cloud, Europeana Awareness, and DCH-RP. PSNC is also a member of Open Planets Foundation, a founding member of IMPACT Center of Competence and founding member of DARIAH-PL consortium.

About Cezary Mazurek

Dr. Cezary Mazurek is the Director of the Network Services Department at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in Poland (www.man.poznan.pl). He received his PhD in Computer Science from Poznan University of Technology in 2004. His research expertise and experience include a wide variety of advanced network services including digital libraries, interactive television, videoconferencing, telemedicine, public security, data and information management and access to research infrastructures. His recent activities are closely related to Future Internet technologies and advanced experimental research infrastructures. He has been the manager of numerous projects in those fields coordinated by PSNC, including the Wielkopolska Center for Telemedicine. He cooperates with several US research teams in the field of ICT supported biomedical research, multimedia platforms and digital libraries. He is also a cofounder of ICTBioMed – International Consortium for Technology in Biomedicine consortium. For last 10 years he has participated in over 15 European projects focused on new tools development and deployment within the Polish National Research and Education Network (PIONIER) as well as on interoperability. Currently he is a Software Coordinator and project management team member in FP7 Geant3Plus project. He is the author or co-author of over 100 papers in professional journals and conference proceedings.