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The E-ARK Project has published two new deliverables:

D2.2 E-ARK Legal Issues Report: European Cultural Preservation in a Changing Legislative


D6.1 Faceted Query Interface and API

pdf D2.2 E-ARK Legal Issues Report (1.60 MB)

The adoption by the EU of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) marked a pivotal moment in the history of European personal data protection. Two decades later, the fundamental principles around which the Directive was structured continue to be relevant, but the ever-increasing pace of technological change, and globalisation have undoubtedly presented challenges for data protection that the original Directive is ill-equipped to address. The world of the early 21st Century is the world of social networking, apps, cloud computing, location-based services and smart cards. It is almost impossible for individual citizens to go about their daily business, or to buy goods and services without leaving digital footprints. Without effective control over how this information is stored and used, the potential for adverse consequences is obvious.

The main part of this report covers the requirements of Directive 95/46/EC, which have been implemented by Member States in a variety of legislative instruments since the adoption of the Directive in 1995. These are set alongside the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) proposals currently under discussion between the Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. As a final form of the text of these proposals has not been agreed at the time of writing, this report should be considered as an analysis of the current position, and it may updated later in the project.

The findings presented in this report are intended to provide a greater understanding of the legal
framework as it impacts on cross-border co-operation. This report will be used to inform the other Work Packages within E-ARK as it is essential to ensure the project aligns with EU Directives as implemented by Member States.

The report examines the areas of:

  • Data Protection
  • Re-use of Public Sector Information
  • Copyright Legislation

In addition to providing analysis and commentary on matters of law, this report also provides some
introductory material, which examines the broad legal context within which modern legislators are

This report will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the governance or control of publicly available data, both personal and commercial.

pdf D6.1 Faceted Query Interface and API (617 KB)

Deliverable D6.1 provides a technical documentation of the infrastructure supporting the E-ARK Faceted Query Interface and Application Programming Interface (API). It provides a description of the underlying software components utilized for the development of the search functionality of the E-ARK reference implementation and discusses the required interactions to work as an integrated solution. Furthermore, technical documentation of the developed software and system configuration is provided. The document describes also methods to customize the faceted query interface and provides examples for its utilization.

The Deliverable describes the Technical Components, the Conceptual Workflow and Documentation of the various parts of the system.

This Deliverable will be of interest to any person or organisation contemplating the implementation of systems based on E-ARK tools and services.

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