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EU releases open source key to its data vaults

Computing - The EU has released open source software tools to access its mountain of digitally stored data. The EU's CASPAR (Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval) research project will sort and make accessible the mounds of data stored in EU archives. Funded by an €8.8m (£7.3m) grant from the EC’s Sixth Framework Programme, the €15m (£12.5m) CASPAR software will see formerly inaccessible old data in different formats being rescued, viewed and used by the state and private sectors. CASPAR will also be used to preserve the EU's digital data for future posterity.