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EURINDIA is a 36 months project co-funded by the European Commission under the Economic Cross Cultural Programme.


This project will focus specifically on the history of the economic relations (commercial, industrial, sea and land trade, etc.), in particular the history of map drawing and textile commerce from 15th century to present time. The aim is to highlight the historical cross relations between Europe and Asia by surveying, digitising and disseminating on the Internet a large corpus of common historical documents from public domain.
The specific objectives of the Eurindia project will include:

Surveys and inventories of documents: localization and identification of relevant collections (archives of commercial and economic relations and map collections) in public and private collections both in Europe and India. The use of new international description standards of ISAD-G (International Council of Archives) and XML-EAD encoding system on a common database, will lead to the creation of a large corpus of documents gathered from many archives, through all centuries, between two continents, in order to get a better knowledge of a common history.

Historical research on economic history and development: from previous steps, namely record identification and communication, a historical investigation should be developed to participate in economic history with a focus on:

- textile commerce, considered as a constant exchange between Europe and India;

- map drawing through the centuries and historical periods to see the evolution of lands, cities, communication ways, etc.

Development of information society: a challenge for 21st century. The objective of Eurindia in this field consists of being the interface of the economic and cultural sectors by promoting the common archival cultural heritage of Europe and India. The digitization of large numbers of documents will show the input of new technologies on heritage documents.

Support conservation and access actions for preservation of archival documents:

- training sessions, in situ and by e-learning tools, will provide useful information on conservation of documents particularly sensitive to bad climatic conditions;

- surveys of preventive conservation and development of conservation policies should help curators in charge of collections.

Respect of international texts on intellectual property: most historical documents are actually a public domain.
The reproduction by digital techniques brings about new problems with Intellectual property laws, in Europe as well as in India. This sub-objective should study the legal situation in both continents and provide useful tools (tanks to training sessions) for curators, archivists, and lawyers to find fair use and legal reproduction solutions.
These tools, training sessions and the project of establishing a "chart of public domain document reproduction" should provide new financial and management resources for archives of both continents. This project should be demonstrative on specific topics (textile and map) and be later extended to other types of documents.

Large public awareness of the importance of historical trade and commercial archives. More specifically, such awareness will be achieved through the publication of surveys and inventories, the diffusion of documents on the Internet (with a multilingual database) and traveling exhibitions showing unique documents (reproductions).


Everyone in India and Europe interested in documentary research;

University scholars, historians, teachers and students from both India and Europe;

New Technologies of Information and Communication (NTIC) experts in both regions, with a growing interest in the information society.


Surveys and inventories of collections in Europe and India;

Digitization of documents using new description and format standards as well as the diffusion through a website;

Training sessions on conservation, preservation and control of access to archives;

Training and chart of fair application of intellectual property laws on public domain with respect to ownership of documents in case of reproduction. This should provide new resources for archives.


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