Research projects and cooperation



At the invitation of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Institute has become an associated partner of the project In/Tangible European Heritage−Visual Analysis, Curation and Communication (InTaVia) (InTaVia), one of whose goals is to develop a methodology for harmonising, structuring, and integrating data from European national biographical databases. The project proposal was submitted to the Horizon 2020 programme and approved for funding.

As part of the support offered to digitisation programmes in archival, library, and museum activities, the Croatian Ministry of Culture approved funding for the Institute’s implementation of the programmes Virtual Exhibition of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography and Digitisation of the Maritime Encyclopedia of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography. The programme Digitisation of Materials on Eminent Families and 3-D Visualisation on the Portal was also implemented. Funding for this was provided by the Croatian Ministry of Culture through the project

At the invitation of the ICARUS Croatia association, the Institute participated in the virtual exhibition Tales from the Archive, which was launched within the frame of the activities of the Creative Europe project CREARCH − CReative European ARCHives as innovative cultural hubs. At this exhibition, the Institute presented the Digitised Catalogue of the Retrospective Bibliography of Articles.


Following the call for proposals of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation in 2018, the Institute (as a lead partner) submitted the application Stronger together: Building visible and sustainable online encyclopaedias for free access to reliable knowledge in an era of post-truth and propaganda, which was developed in collaboration with the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, the National Library of Latvia, and the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts as the members of the consortium. The application has successfully passed the first stage of evaluation (it was among 42 shortlisted out of 700 submitted applications). The full project proposal was submitted in July 2019.

In 2019, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia financed two of the Institute’s projects: Digital Collection of Mate Ujević (carried out in collaboration with the National and University Library (as support for digitisation programmes in archival, library, and museum activities) and Biobibliographica Nova (as support for book publishing).


In 2018, the Institute joined the consortium of the Time Machine project, which brings together more than 300 organisations from 34 countries. Time Machine (TM) is a large-scale research initiative aiming to develop the big data of the past, a huge distributed digital infor­mation system mapping European social, cultural, and geographical evolution through time. TM will design and implement advanced new digitisation and Artificial Intelligence technologies to mine Europe’s vast cultural heritage, providing fair and free access to information that will support future scientific and technological developments in Europe.

As part of the support offered to digitisation programmes in archival, library, and museum activities, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia approved funding for the project Digitisation of the Catalogue of the Retrospective Bibliography of Articles in 2018.


In 2017 and 2018 the Institute participated in the international DARIAH project Cooperation Framework of Digital Infrastructure in the Region − Opportunities and Needs in the Case of Material Concerning Famous People in Science and Culture, which won the call Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research in 2017. The projects's aim was to discuss the important issues about using digital infrastructure in cultural and scientific communities of the wider region (Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Slovenia), with the special emphasis on data exchange and copyrights, as well as to create the guidelines on the interoperability of digital infrastructures in the region. Besides the Instiute, partners in the project included the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the National and University Library, the Zagreb City Libraries, the State Archive in Varaždin, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, ICARUS HR, ArhivPro d.o.o., the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result of the project, the thematic portal EminentPeople was launched in 2018.

In 2017 the Institute joined the project, which was launched in 2016 by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts together with its Library as coordinator, the National and University Library in Zagreb, the Zagreb City Libraries and the State Archive in Varaždin. The project aims at building a thematic portal containing digital material on the leaders of Croatian culture, science, arts and public life from different collection/repositories.


Following the Call for the procurement of electronic dictionaries and databases in 2016, the Institute provided the digitised version of the Lexicon of Law to the European Commission.


From 2015, the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts has been financially supporting the publishing of the Croatian Encyclopaedia of Technology.



The Institute became a member of the Time Machine Organisation, a European network encompassing more than 600 scientific and cultural institutions with the goal of networking European cultural heritage and its accessibility through web pages and applications, and the Croatian Association for Scholarly Communication (CROASC), which promotes the publishing activities of national scholarly and professional journals as well as publications that promote science to the general public.


In 2018, the Institute signed collaboration agreements with the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (Zagreb). Furthermore, the Institute signed a letter of agreement with the Jožef Štefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia), one of the partners in the CEF eTranslation TermBank (eTTB) project, which aims at identifying and collecting terminological resources in all EU languages. The Institute provided the following terminological resources to the eTranslation TermBank project: the Lexicon of Film, Croatian Biographical Lexicon, Lexicon of Medicine, and Lexicon of Football. 


The Institute joined the DARIAH-HR network in 2015, a part of the pan-european Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, DARIAH-EU, which aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research across the humanities and arts.

Together with the Institute of Art History, the Institute signed a contract in 2015 about the implementation of the project Modern and Contemporary Artist Networks, Art Groups and Art Associations − Organisation and Communication Models of Collaborative Art Practices in the 20th and 21st Century Art, financed by the Croatian Science Foundation. For the project's needs, the Institute will ensure the retrieving and use of the digital formats of the Croatian Biographical Lexicon, the Croatian Encyclopaedia of Art and the Lexicon of Art.


Finished research projects

Comparative Analysis of Croatian and Slovene Exonyms (2014–2015)

Croatian Biobibliographical Heritage (2008–13)

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Film (2007–13)

Croatian Biobibliographical Heritage (2002–06)

Scientific Terminology of Theology and Sociology and Philosophy of Religion (2002–06)

Encyclopaedias on New Media (2001–02)

Croatian Biobibliographical Heritage (2001–02)

Verification of Croatian Data in Lexicographic Publications (1999–2002)

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