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1 Getting local and regional content into Europeana Rob Davies, Scientific Coordinator Europeana Local and Access IT 16 June 2010 com

2 Europeana Vision 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, Director, Digital Content & Cognitive Systems Information Society Directorate, European Commission

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4 EDL Foundation Governance Funding & Orientation Group Linked to Member States Expert Group Advisory & Budgetary roles Holds legal power & Reports on finance & strategy Executive Committee Board of Participants (European associations) Council of Content Providers & Aggregators Up to 5/6 elected Up to 9 elected

5 Europeana today Content: 9 million items from every domain, every EU member – images: photos, paintings, drawings, postcards, posters – texts: books, newspaper articles, manuscripts, letters – videos: movies, documentaries, TV broadcasts, public information films – sounds: cylinders, 78rpm discs, radio, field recordings

6 Who submits data to Europeana? Europeana Individual institutions Aggregators Projects Institutions 1 st layer 2 nd layer 3 rd layer TEL BAM SCRAN Kultura.hr EFGAPENet ConnectBHL Europe EUScreenJudaica MIMOTravel ATHENA Local CARARE HOPE

7 Athena APEnet Biodiversity Heritage Libraries Europe EUScreen European Film Gateway Europeana Local Europeana Travel Musical Inst. Museums Online Judaica Europeana The European Library EuropeanaConnect Europeana v.1.0 Europeana Group of Projects Arrow Presto Prime Europeana

8 Data Providing Projects Athena: museum objects Archives Portal Europe [APEnet]: national archives Biodiversity Heritage Library [BHL-Europe]: texts and taxonomies CARARE (architecture, archaeology, 3D/VR) European Film Gateway: film, scripts, posters, stills Europeana Connect: sound recordings Europeana Local: local/regional libraries and museums EU Screen: TV broadcasts HOPE: social history MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online And all aggregators supplying directly to Europeana

9 Europeana content objectives August % of the content came from 4 countries 70% of the content came from 4 providers 77.5% of the content classified as image 10 million items for Rhine release, summer 2010 Representation of National and European culture by all European countries Representation of all domains and types of content

10 However, I find it alarming that only 5% of all digitised books in the EU are available on Europeana. I also note that almost half of Europeana's digitised works have come from one country alone, while all other Member States continue to under-perform dramatically. Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, 28 August 2009

11 Europeana Content Strategy Promotion and support of aggregators Collaboration between all Europeana related projects Content Acquisition Plan to ensure an even representation of all European countries and types of content Development of relevant themes of content available

12 What are the technical requirements? Metadata mapped to the ESE v3.2.2 Specifications This is the Europeana current data model which consists of the Dublin Core (DC) metadata elements, a subset of the DC terms and a set of twelve elements which were created to meet Europeanas functionality needs. A link to the digital objects location online The digital object stays where it is A thumbnail of the object Metadata Mapping & Normalisation Guidelines are also provided as normalisation on some values is necessary to enable machine readability Vast majority of content harvested from OAI-PMH compliant repositories and aggregations

13 Steps to Provide Content

14 Future technical developments Short term (Rhine Release, summer 2010): Launch of a robust operational service with improved search and browsing functionalities for 10m digital objects! Longer term (Danube Release, spring 2012): More content, new functionalities and services will stem from current and future R&D developments such as: Multilingual and semantic search and browsing New APIs for individual Europeana functionalities (ie using the timeline) Addition of User-Generated Content (annotations, tags, etc) New services: multimedia annotation tools, e-books on demand, search and location of objects using spatio-temporal elements, etc

15 Aggregators An organisation that collects metadata from its group of content providers and transmits them to Europeana, helps content providers with guidance on conformance (…) and converts metadata (…), supports with administration, operations and training /to harvest – a manageable number Content must go into aggregations that Europeana will continue to harvest – a manageable number

16 Future Infrastructure Model 1: Vertical up to Europeana

17 Future infrastructure Model 2: National cross-domain aggregation

18 EuropeanaLocal

19 Why EuropeanaLocal? EuropeanaLocal a proof of concept regarding the value of local and regionally sourced content But a short term approach to short term targets In fact, a Best Practice Network…… It is not a sustainable approach; there is no 'ELocal aggregation' Action is needed at national level to aggregate local and regional content metadata You need digital content first! Need for viable aggregator business models at national level Start something – ownership/governance can come later

20 What are ELocal partners? Heterogeneous organisation types Ministry of Culture, national libraries, national museums, national cultural agencies, regional cultural agencies, public libraries, local museum, research foundation, regional digital library provider, private sector organisations ELocal partners in each country are almost all aggregators, large or small, either already a major national or regional aggregator of local content OR where none exists, they might become the national or regional aggregator of local content OR main task is to ensure that the local and regional content they have aggregated becomes part of larger aggregation

21 EuropeanaLocal: where are we? Over half-way through Year 1 was preparation Commission Review of preparatory year (July 2009) was favourable Year 2 is implementation : getting content into Europeana Year 3 focus will be encouraging more sustained aggregation of local and regional content:national meetings Potentially important events in moving forward aggregation politics in each country Towards a sensible level of aggregation

22 Content from EuropeanaLocal Big opportunity to prove value of local and regional content a great improvement in place-based discovery in Europeana Substantial amounts of content already being ingested by Europeana – Content from Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK etc ingested already – Something from almost every country by Rhine EuropeanaLocal will contribute over 3 million items to the 10 million Rhine target: the largest source (more by Danube) EuropeanaLocal partners are only a small sample of potential

23 Accelerate the circulation of culture through exchange of skills in information technologyAccelerate the circulation of culture through exchange of skills in information technology Culture programme ( )Culture programme ( ) Strand (cooperation projects)Strand (cooperation projects) 1 May 2009 – 30 April May 2009 – 30 April 2011 PartnersPartners MDR Partners (Coordinator)MDR Partners (Coordinator) Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan –PSNC (Poland)Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan –PSNC (Poland) Veria Central Public Library (Greece)Veria Central Public Library (Greece) Belgrade City Library (Serbia)Belgrade City Library (Serbia) Hacettepe University (Turkey)Hacettepe University (Turkey) AccessIT

24 What are we doing? Focus on three target countries: Greece, Serbia and TurkeyFocus on three target countries: Greece, Serbia and Turkey enhance digital library training and competence structures for local/regional cultural institutionsenhance digital library training and competence structures for local/regional cultural institutions practical training and skills development; skills audit, online coursepractical training and skills development; skills audit, online course launch conference in Octoberlaunch conference in October Improve content flow to EuropeanaImprove content flow to Europeana enable smaller, local cultural organizations to prepare and contribute digital contentenable smaller, local cultural organizations to prepare and contribute digital content create repository/aggregation for ingestioncreate repository/aggregation for ingestion

25 Why? Funding programmes for Europeana did not yet cover Serbia and TurkeyFunding programmes for Europeana did not yet cover Serbia and Turkey (Except FUMAGABA - NL Serbia)(Except FUMAGABA - NL Serbia) Culture programme: transnational circulation of cultural and artistic worksCulture programme: transnational circulation of cultural and artistic works Skills thinly distributed in all three countriesSkills thinly distributed in all three countries Extend EuropeanaLocal coverageExtend EuropeanaLocal coverage

26 What skills are we talking about? Good practice in digitisation and content creationGood practice in digitisation and content creation Management of metadata and vocabularies (using Europeana standards)Management of metadata and vocabularies (using Europeana standards) Collection development, description and managementCollection development, description and management Selection and prioritization of digital contentSelection and prioritization of digital content Infrastructures for enabling metadata harvesting (OAI- PMH)Infrastructures for enabling metadata harvesting (OAI- PMH) Management and expression of content rightsManagement and expression of content rights Developing new servicesDeveloping new services Handling user generated contentHandling user generated content

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