Estonian e-Repository and Conservation of Collections

Name of the Research Infrastructure (RI)

Estonian e-Repository and Conservation of Collections

Acronym of the RI


Website of the RI

Under construction, to be launched in 2015

Location (address) of the RI

Ülikooli 18 / 50090 Tartu

Scientific domain(s) of the RI

Information Science and Technology

Type of RI


Research Services at the RI


Mass deacidification;

Mass deacidification of library and archival materials on acidic paper;

Printer materials digitizing;

Digitisation of cultural heritage (books, manuscripts, audio-visual materials ect);

Database storage and data handling;

Scientific databases for storing and handling of data;

Software development;

Developing thin-client access portals.

Equipment at the RI


Automatic book scanner;

Book scanner with automatic page turner. Documents (books, magazines, bound newspapers) max A1 format can be handled;

Disk array;

Disk storage system for digital archives;

Mass-deacidification system;

Treatment chamber(s); paper material precondiitioning (e.g drying) chamber(s); deacidificant fluid collector(s), deacidification, reagent/carrier fluid storage tank(s);

Hard- and software for digitation of audio- (magnetic tape) and visualmaterials (VHS video recordings, photos).



Number of national users per year: NA

Number of European users per year: NA

Number of international users per year: NA

Year of start of operation

(i.e. Status and Status Date)

Status: Under construction

Since: 2011

Key words


Library portal, information catalogue, search engine, semantic web,   digital repository, digital library, data network, virtual infrastructure,   mass digitizing, book scanning, digitizing centre, deacidificating,   deacidification centre

Description of the RI


The planned portal “E-varamu” is a semantics-based search engine, which allows for access to related information from all databases of Estonian “memory institutions” – librarys, archives, collections and other information relevant to the research community. The portal will use extensive cross-reference methods between several databases, connect the search items with (science) literature   catalogues and allow for saving querys and user-preferences. In addition to the portal, the infrastructure will feature a mass deacidification centre for conservation, and a large mass deacidification centre for written literature. The infrastructure creates the capability to digitize holdings of memory institutions and make the data more accessible for end-users through portal.

Hosting Organisation

University of Tartu

Contact email

Liisi Lembinen