University degli Studi di Urbino (http://www.uniurb.it/)
Istituto di Studi per la Tutela dei Beni Archivistici e Librari
Prof. Mariella Guercio
The Istituto di studi per la tutela dei beni archivistici e library of the University of Urbino was created in 1998 to co-ordinate all the research and educational activities within the University of Urbino in the area of archival and library heritage, with specific reference to the creation, access and preservation of the documentary heritage. The Institute organises courses and manages research programmes in the area of archival science, electronic record-keeping systems, librarianship, information studies and legal studies for cultural heritage, digital preservation. The Institute has been involved in many national and international projects: as Italian co-ordinator in the InterPARES project for the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records (1999-2002) in the NPACI project for the preservation of Persistent Archival Objects conducted by the USA National Archives and the S.Diego Supercomputer Centre in the project funded by the Italian Ministry for University and scientific research in a industrial research project (3D Informatica, CNR, Consorzio Roma Ricerche) to run as test bed in evolving an Information Retrieval application into a XML product preparation of the dossier on the policies for preservation existing at European level for the International Conference of Florence on Digital Preservation /16-17 October 2003): agreement signed with Istituto Centrale per la Catalogazione (ICCU), Ministero per i beni e le attivitÃ culturali The institute is also running many projects at application level: to define a classification scheme and an electronic record-keeping standard for Sogei, the public software house of the Ministry for Finance, to define the archival functional requirements for the electronic records systems for Prisma Engineering (Filenet distributor); to create an Italian network for disseminating good practice and professional training in business records management (Centro per lâ€™Innovazione nellâ€™Impresa, Milan).