Background: Europeana and related projects


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Background: Europeana and related projects

  • Background: Europeana and related projects

  • What is EuropeanaConnect

  • Objectives

  • Partners

  • Specific content to be contributed to Europeana

  • Structure

  • Achievements

  • Challenges/next steps



Europeana



‘A digital library that is a single, direct and multilingual access point to the European cultural heritage.’

  • ‘A digital library that is a single, direct and multilingual access point to the European cultural heritage.’

  • European Parliament, 27 September 2007

  • ‘A unique resource for Europe's distributed cultural heritage… ensuring a common access to Europe's libraries, archives and museums.’

  • Horst Forster, Former Director, Digital Content & Cognitive Systems Information Society Directorate, European Commission



7 million items are now accessible

  • 7 million items are now accessible

    • 4 million images: photos, paintings, drawings, postcards, posters
    • 2.5 million texts: books, newspapers, manuscripts, letters
    • 92,000 videos: film, documentary, TV broadcasts, public information
    • 24,000 sounds: cylinders, 78rpm discs, radio, field recordings
  • Europeana is governed by the Europeana Foundation and supported by CENL





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“Best Practice Network”

  • “Best Practice Network”

  • Co-funded by EC in the eContentplus programme

  • Duration May 2009 – October 2011 (= 2,5 years)

  • 30 project partners from 14 countries

  • Coordinated by Austrian National Library

  • ~ 900 Person Months total labour effort

  • Total budget: 5.625.000 Euro

  • 80 % EU funding: 4.500.000 Euro



Provide a critical mass of audio content to Europeana and implement an audio-enabling infrastructure

  • Provide a critical mass of audio content to Europeana and implement an audio-enabling infrastructure

  • Build the Semantic Layer for Europeana

  • Facilitate multilingual access to Europeana

  • Develop novel access channels to Europeana (like mobile access)

  • Provide tools and methodologies for user-driven development and for testing and evaluation

  • Build value-added services (like e-Books-on-Demand)

  • Implement key infrastructure components (like OAI-PMH infrastructure)

  • Build the Europeana Licensing Framework

  • Enable stronger and wider collaborative networking







  • EuropeanaConnect will add a critical mass of audio content to Europeana

    • Implement an audio-aggregation infrastructure to harvest audio from hundreds of audio archives
  • Around 200.000 music tracks will be added to Europeana





WP Lead: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE

  • WP Lead: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE

  • Semantic Data Layer Creation

  • Aligning the Semantic Data

  • Workflow Automation

  • Functional Specifications for Semantics Based Operations

  • Testing and Evaluation

  • Networking and Clustering Activities



WP Lead: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE

  • WP Lead: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE

  • User studies and evaluation of multilingual resources use

  • Europeana Language Resources Repository

  • Tools for multilingual mapping of controlled vocabularies and subject metadata

  • Translation modules for Europeana

  • Testing and evaluation of translation modules

  • Integration with Europeana retrieval framework

  • Dissemination & Exchange of multilingual access strategies for digital libraries



WP Lead: The Royal Library, DK

  • WP Lead: The Royal Library, DK

  • Log analysis for future user-driven development

  • Methodologies and tools for user involvement

  • Spatio-temporal access channels for Europeana

  • Mobile Access Channels for Europeana



WP Lead: National Library of Luxembourg, LU

  • WP Lead: National Library of Luxembourg, LU

  • Recommendations for a core Europeana Licensing Framework and validation thereof

  • Creating tools for the Europeana Licensing Framework

  • Evaluation and testing of the tools and proof of concept

  • Deployment in Europeana



WP Lead: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, AT

  • WP Lead: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, AT

  • Europeana Metadata Registry

  • Europeana Service Registry

  • Europeana OAI-PMH Management Infrastructure

  • Europeana Resolution Discovery Service for Persistent Identifiers

  • Geographical Information Services

  • Multimedia Annotation Services

  • “eBooks on Demand” (EOD) Service

  • User Testing, Evaluation and Assessment of the Services

  • Cross-project Networking and Clustering



WP Lead: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, DE

  • WP Lead: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, DE

  • Audio content aggregation, themes coordination

  • Extension of the network to include new content providers

  • Metadata harmonisation and data enrichment

  • Content management tools, IPR

  • Training activities and support

  • Pilots, Testing & Evaluation



WP Lead: EREMO S.R.L., IT

  • WP Lead: EREMO S.R.L., IT

  • Dissemination of project results

  • Dissemination tools (website, project presentation, posters, fact sheet, press releases, etc.)

  • Concertation with Europeana v1.0

  • Concertation with EU activities



WP Lead: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, AT

  • WP Lead: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, AT

  • Financial coordination

  • Internal consortium management and coordination

  • Overall monitoring

  • Liaison with the Commission

  • Evaluation and Quality control





Over 54,000 music audio and related items from more than 100 collections from 26 archives in 16 countries delivered to Europeana

  • Over 54,000 music audio and related items from more than 100 collections from 26 archives in 16 countries delivered to Europeana

  • New audio content will follow with the next harvesting of the DISMARC/EuropeanaConnect Audio Aggregation Platform which delivers the content to Europeana

  • Set of tools for content management developed

    • Enable content owners to manage their data online and allow users to add their own comments about particular pieces of music


  • Survey of controlled and structured vocabularies among Europeana data providers carried out

  • Selected vocabularies successfully migrated to SKOS

  • Specification of semantic functionality created and checked with selected expert users

  • Substantial contribution made to the Europeana Data Model (EDM), assisting with its specification and stabilisation



Report on user preferences and information retrieval scenarios for multilingual access in Europeana produced

  • Report on user preferences and information retrieval scenarios for multilingual access in Europeana produced

  • Specification for the Europeana language resources repository developed

  • Multilingual mapping of controlled vocabularies has begun with an exploration of available resources



Understanding User Needs / New Access Channels

  • Development of a methodology for understanding what users do when they visit Europeana (aimed to improve their experience)

  • Provision of Log-file analysis and development of a personas catalogue as a tool for user evaluation

  • Development of a protoype of a spatio-temporal interface to enable users to explore Europeana by time and location

  • Development of a generic Europeana mobile client, adapting to the user‘s mobile device



Key activity: clarifying the legal situation and suggesting licenses to content providers

  • Key activity: clarifying the legal situation and suggesting licenses to content providers

  • Europeana Public Domain Charter: http://version1.europeana.eu/web/europeana-project/publications

  • Provision of a draft Data Provider Agreement and Data Aggregator Agreement

    • Governs the relationships between Europeana and its partners
  • “Public Domain Helper tools” developed

    • Define decision trees to translate the law into a tool to decide if a work is in the public domain or not


Geographical Information Services (GIS) suite to enrich Europeana metadata and content with explicit geographical metadata and references

  • Geographical Information Services (GIS) suite to enrich Europeana metadata and content with explicit geographical metadata and references

    • Prototypes and showcases of both tools available.
  • Multimedia Annotation Services to provide Europeana with annotation capabilities for audio and video content, images and maps.

  • eBook-on-Demand Service (EoD) to allow automated and generic transfer of eBooks created within EoD network to Europeana and to enable the ordering of eBooks-on-Demand



  • Project web site: www.europeanaconnect.eu

  • Dissemination resources and project results: http://www.europeanaconnect.eu/results-and-resources.php



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