Project partners

The PATHS project consortium consists of 6 partners from 5 countries:

The University of Sheffield (USFD)

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Two research groups from USFD will participate in PATHS: the Information Retrieval (IR) Group (based in the Information School) and the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Group (based in the Department of Computer Science). Together these groups form one of the largest language technology and information science clusters in the EU. The IR group researches a wide range of areas including searching of unstructured and semi-structured text, geo-spatial search, multilingual search, user information seeking behaviour, user interface design and evaluation. Research carried out in the NLP group includes information extraction, text mining and semantic annotation, question answering and Machine Translation. University of Sheffield  (USFD), UK (Coordinator).

i-sieve Technologies Ltd

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i-sieve is a spin-off company of the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” in Athens, Greece, founded in late 2004. i-sieve has developed a suite of tools specifically targeted to online data collection and sentiment analysis. i-sieve serves corporate clients and media firms across Europe with business intelligence applications through online media analysis delivering sentiment snapshots and trend detection insights.  i-sieve Technologies Ltd . Greece.

Asplan Viak Internet Ltd (Avinet)

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Avinet is a Norwegian SME specialized in development of Internet-based spatial-enabled and database driven end-user applications, established in 2001 as an independent subsidiary of the Asplan Viak Group. The development team consists of skilled and experienced ICT architecture and development professionals with rich experience within the domain of cultural heritage, e-government, e-learning, tourism, planning and environmental management disciplines. The company was established as a spin-off from the EU projects TITAN (FP4) and the Odin Mobile (FP5) which were demonstrating the impact and potential of horizontally integrated e-government services. The company has remained active in international R&D projects through initiatives like the Geoshare project (Interreg IIIB), North-Sea Cycle Route and North Sea Trail projects (both Interreg IIIB), Balder (NORA) mobile services for cultural heritage and tourism, KNOT (Interreg IIIC), Eurotravel (eContent), EuropeanaLocal (eContentplus) integration of cultural heritage data models from regional and local level across Europe into the Europeana platform and Plan4all (eContentplus) integration of heterogeneous data models and semantic integration of content into a virtual European information space for planning data under the INSPIRE umbrella. Asplan Viak Internet  (Avinet), Norway.

Alinari 24 ORE (Alinari)

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Fratelli Alinari Archive, merged in the year 2007 with the Sole 24 Ore creating a new company called Alinari 24 ORE. It is the oldest foundation in the world still active in the field of photography, and more generally in the sphere of the image and communication and was founded in Florence in 1852. Today Alinari is the guardian of a photographic ‘corpus’ that has few equals (with a patrimony of its own of over 5,500,000 pictures, historical and contemporary, ranging from vintage prints, glass plate negatives to film and photographs), and is responsible for the management of an ongoing programme of exhibitions and publishing. Alinari supplies iconographical research services and manages both Italian and foreign photographic archives, constantly increasing its ‘image-bank’, in part already on microfiches and now also available digitally online. Fratelli Alinari is a world leader firm in the field of photographic images. Alinari , Italy.

MDR Partners

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A leading specialist partnership working together with libraries, archives, museums, information providers and other organisations in cultural heritage and education sectors. With a strong track records in the creation of new projects, establishing project partnerships and networks, as well as working with European programmes and funding bodies, MDR will coordinate and manage the project overall, lead dissemination activities, and create and maintain the project web environment during the project period. MDR Partners (Consulting) Limited , UK (Project Management). 

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

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The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1985. The university employs over 7.000 people throughout 31 faculties and schools geographically distributed in three campuses with over 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. UPV/EHU has been very active and has participated in over 40 projects from FP6, leading 2 of them, mainly in the Activity Area 3 (NMP) and Activity area 2 (ICT). With regards to FP7, UPV/EHU participates in 18 projects, coordinating one of them. 4 of these projects are from ICT. The IXA Research Group from the UPV/EHU ( was created with the aim of promoting the modernization of Basque by means of developing advanced computational resources for it. The IXA group has a strong international standing in the areas of Semantic Interpretation, Semantically based Information Retrieval and Information Extraction. The IXA group coordinated the MEANING project (IST-2001-34460, FP5), participated in KYOTO (ICT-2007-211423, FP7), and has also coordinated several large national projects. Eneko Agirre coordinated the overall SemEval- 2007 competition, with three tasks under IXA responsibility, as well as the CLEF 2008 and 2009 Robust-WSD tasks. Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea  (UPV/EHU ), Spain.

PATHS is coordinated by University of Sheffield  with MDR Partners .

User Group
We will also be working with a user group consisting of the relevant stakeholders in the Digital Library and Cultural Heritage areas in Europe, including private and government institutions such as Stichting EDL, Wiltshire Heritage Museum and Archaeology Data Service (ADS).

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