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1 Towards a European digital library Activities of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) Dr. Britta Woldering, Dr. Jill Cousins

2 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006 CENL has members from (almost) every member country of the Council of Europe and Vatican City: 47 members from 45 countries was established in 1987 is a foundation under Dutch law INGO enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe

3 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006 CENL activities Annual board meetings Working groups on –electronic publications (with FEP) –performance evaluation –persistent identifiers –digital content Joint projects –TEL –TEL-ME-MOR –European digital library project

4 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006 Digitisation of content CENL promotes a cooperative and widespread approach to digitisation CENL promotes new models of collaboration with the private sector, publishers and other right holders Online accessibility CENL is a key player in the European digital library Initiative CENL creates The European Library as model platform for multilingual accessibility of Europe's cultural heritage Digital preservation CENL and National Libraries are stewards of national collections and cultural heritage CENL and National Libraries ensure long-term preservation and access to digital material.

5 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006 Growth of The European Library red: TEL founders yellow: new in 2005 green: TEL-ME-MOR orange: new in 2006 blue: EDL white: rest of CENL members

6 EU Vision Across Museums, Archives, Libraries initially – then other data or audio or visual repositories in the cultural heritage arena Centres of Competence Access Digitisation Preservation

7 from the Council of the European Union press release Underlines –the instrumental work done at European level by CENL: In organising & creating The European Library as a gateway to the collective resources of national libraries across Europe In carrying this work forward towards the creation of the European Digital Library –the work ongoing in the Michael & Michaelplus projects in describing and linking collections of museums, libraries and archives from different Member states and providing access to these collections. –that future work should be based on these and related initiatives, towards the goal of achieving a balanced cooperation between libraries, museums and archives Build on what we have but be open to new ways and new ideas – nothing is set in stone! EU Vision in writing….

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9 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006

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11 European Digital Library European Cultural Heritage in a click

12 In this timescale End 2006 full collaboration among EU national libraries. From 2007 collaboration to be expanded to archives and museums. 2,000,000 books, films, photographs, manuscripts, and other cultural works accessible by 2008 At least 6,000,000 works by 2010

13 Current state of play - Acces s Free cross-border, multi-lingual access to digital & non-digital items from 23 of the 47 National Libraries Uses protocols in situ: 0AI, Z39:50 etc to search at item level across all the national libraries. Imposes language, metadata & Collection description standards for interoperability EDLproject adds 9 more libraries so minimum 32 by end of 2007 Uses inexpensive client side architecture available as open source. 2 million digitised items Market to universities, research institutes, libraries, governments, learned societies and schools worldwide

14 Steps to the European Digital Library Project Brief Review of funding at our disposal Creation of project proposals European Digital Library Office

15 Funding & Planning Projects Live TelMeMor EDL Project In Proposal TELplus EDLnet

16 MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006 Brings in remaining 9 EU & EFTA countries: Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden. But also: Creates a European Metadata Registry Uses log file analysis to determine user need Extends multilingual capability of the work Promotes OAI Starts process of developing the European digital library

17 Pieces of the European digital library Puzzle CITER Michael The European Library European Schoolne t

18 TELPlus Proposal Estonian National Library & Eremo circa 7.5M OCRing of previously digitised material – Czech Rep. OAI PMH compatibility – Portugal. Improves accessibility – full text indexing & automatic mapping between multilingual subject indexes - France Creates generic module to integrate other services e.g. searching in thesauri, annotation - Netherlands User Personalisation - Italy Adds Bulgaria and Romania If successful will start around May 2007

19 EDLnet Proposal Joint proposal led by Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The European Library) & Eremo for CENL circa 1.3 M Human & Political Interoperability –Governance, Organisational Structure, a Roadmap and eventually the Business Model Technical & Semantic Interoperability –Prototypes of possible architectures, creating solutions for various interoperability issues of access, metadata schemas, language, search and display Users for usability. Run by a European Digital Library Office – in parallel with The European Library

20 Working Collaboratively

21 European digital library Dr. Britta Woldering & Dr. Jill Cousins


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