Please note that the ARENA project has ended and these pages are no longer updated. ARENA has been superseded by the ARIADNE Portal.

Welcome to the ARENA 2 Information Page

Latest ARENA 2 Network News

ARENA Gateway Service specification released, June 2009

The ARENA 2 draft gateway service technical details are now available here: ARENA Gateway Service specification

ARENA 2 Kick off meeting held in the King's Manor, York, February 2009.

The ARENA portal has now been running more or less successfully since 2004. However, the underlying technologies have since been challenged by more sophisticated approaches to interoprtability. Under the auspices of both the European funded DARIAH and ACE projects the ADS is coordinating a second phase of the ARENA project - ARENA 2 - which will take full advantage of web services and a SOA approach whilst demonstrating that 'legacy' systems (such as Z39.50) can be integrated into this architecture.

The first meeting for ARENA 2 was held in King's Manor on the 6th and 7th of February 2009 and had representatives from all the original ARENA partners as well as number of organisations that will join the portal in this and later phases of the ARENA project. The ARENA 2 page has the latest information on partners and supporting projects for this exciting new development.

The following files are now avaialble to download:


Workshop Programme, King's Manor, February 2009 PDF 0.05 Mb
Workshop Participants, King's Manor, February 2009 PDF 0.05 Mb

PowerPoint files:

An Introduction to Web Services, Stuart Jeffrey PPT 7.5 Mb
ADS Update, Michael Charno, UK. PPT 1.4 Mb
DANS Update, Milco Wansleeben, Netherlands PPT 0.8 Mb
LaPa Update, Cesar Gonzalez-Perez, Spain. PPT 1.1 Mb
CIMEC Update, Irina Oberlander-Tarnoveanu, Romania. PPT 19.2 Mb

The JISC SOA Animation:

JISC SOA Animation (right click link to 'save as') WMV 25 Mb