The Digital city of the Mediterranean (Cinumed) was initiated by the digital Resource service as part of the Network of excellence of research centres on Mediterranean-Ramses² (6e PCRD), humanities and social science studies and aims at ensuring the sustainability of the digital resources produced during this programme (2006-2010). It continues henceforward in the RAMSES (A*MIDEX) project by combining new resources produced by the MMSH research laboratories and its partners.
Mediterranean studies, a scientific and documentary field
The Digital City of the Mediterranean comes in the wake of the founding project of the MMSH and the scientific and documentary landscape linked to its activities which tend to renew its subjects, research fields and approaches in the field of Mediterranean studies. The MMSH encourages interdisciplinarity, exploring new thematic areas of research and welcomes programmes which come from transversal research themes from the national network of Centres for humanities and social sciences.
A collaborative portal that is rich in multimedia content
Cinumed is a platform which links sources of interdisciplinary digital content which stem from research, publication and documentation.
This portal is enriched by periodicals, heritage material (archives, iconography, printed material and knowledge bases….), multimedia content (video and audio material), bibliography, chronicles and cartography... It brings theses elements together using a common taxonomic treatment: a semantic framework which enables users to cross-reference and create a dialogue, link by link, between sources of an editorial nature and theoretically unique. Thus the structure of the data enables users to see and read the field of Mediterranean studies as an area of comparative analysis.
The idea is to put these Mediterranean issues at the centre of a unique electronic portal, a reference portal of which the content and functions evolve and are accessible to all users whether individuals or groups: students, researchers, institutions and the general public...
This is the whole purpose of the Digital city of the Mediterranean, which is a technical, documentary, and editorial portal, bringing a contribution by encouraging a network of national and international partners to capitalise, enhance and make available scientific and documentary resources in the field of the humanities and social sciences.
Creating a dialogue
Today the exchange of data is at the heart of scientific and documentary challenges concerning collaboration, partnership and the sharing and pooling of resources. This is all the more important in that the landscape is varied and heterogeneous and refers to skills and many frameworks of reference, that of the researcher, documentalist and archivist.
Interoperability is still a horizon to be conquered.
Cinumed works together with the content producers whilst respecting their individual approach. The digital platform makes it possible, whatever the differences in referencing and refining of presentation notes, to label resources according to the following categories: the discipline, the area of interest, the key words, the geographical and chronological scope, the institution, the person, the language and the type of document…
A federated search engine based on this taxonomy enables users to find documents, to classify them and refine the research. Thus, for example there could be a dialogue between architecture and archaeology, history and anthropology, between a video and an article, photography and a research archive, between Berber and English.
The user can discover all sorts of unsuspected links, which can lead to new interests, and the exploration of new interdisciplinary connections.
Designer and coordinator of Cinumed,
Service ressources numériques, USR 3125 - Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme