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Karin Heijink
Europeana Meeting, Belgium
16 December 2009

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  • 1. EUROPEANABrussels December 2009Karin Heijink - Business Development Director
  • 2. 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 Europes distributed cultural heritage… ensuring a common access to Europes libraries, archives and museums.” Horst Forster, Director, Digital Content & Cognitive Systems Information Society Directorate, European Commission
  • 3. Europeana v1.0• Successor of EDLNet – proof of concept/prototypObjectives• Maintaining and extending a powerful alliance of stakeholders• Creation of an operational Europeana service• Disseminating the service to end users• Finding a viable organisational solution• Policy development• Creating a sustainable funding model.
  • 4. EDL Foundation Governance Advisory & Executive Holds legal power &Budgetary roles Committee Reports on finance & Up to 9 strategy elected Board of Participants Up to 5/6 elected Council of Content Providers & Aggregators Funding & Orientation Group Linked to Member States Expert Group
  • 5. EDL FoundationBoard of participants from the professional heritageassociations • ACE: Association Cinémathèques Européennes • CENL: Conference of European National Librarians • CERL: Consortium of European Research Libraries • EMF: European Museum Forum • EURBICA: European Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives • FIAT: International Federation of Television Archives • IASA: International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives • ICOM Europe: International Council of Museums, Europe • LIBER: Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche • MICHAEL: Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe
  • 6. Europeana Group of Projects Biodiversity Heritage Libraries EuropePresto Judaica Europeana ArrowPrime Europeana Local Europeana v.1.0 Musical Inst. Museums Online European Europeana Film Gateway Europeana Travel EuropeanaConnect EUScreen APEnet Athena The European Library
  • 7. Rhine release Danube release
  • 8. Audiences• Professional Users • Librarians, curators, archivist• Educational Users • Professors/teachers • Students/pupils• General Users • Serious hobbyist (genealogy, local history)
  • 9. User survey• Online User Survey 6-26 May 2009• 3,204 completed• Replies from 54 countries - 53% of replies from five countries• Almost everyone expects to visit the site again – less than 1% says they will not revisit• Main route to Europeana is from a paper or journal (47.4%), second most popular is a link from another web site (21%)• Personal research is dominant reason (72.9%)
  • 10. 3. Statistics – Users’ rating of general features• Majority rate features and functions as “good” or “excellent”. Around a third of all respondents only rate the general features and functions as “average”.Ease of access to Poor/very Good/excellent Average 100 content poor Presentation of Poor/very Good/excellent Average poor 100 results Poor/verySearch functions Good/excellent Average 100 poor Poor/very Site navigation Good/excellent Average poor 100
  • 11. Content• Content : 5+ million items from every domain, every EU member• 3,500,000 images: photos, paintings, drawings, postcards, posters• 1,300,000 texts: books, newspaper articles, manuscripts, letters• 82,000 videos: movies, documentaries, TV broadcasts, public information films• 20,000 sounds: cylinders, 78rpm discs, radio, field recordings
  • 12. Spread by country 82% of the content comes from 4 countries
  • 13. Spread by provider 3%, Stadtgeschitliches4%, Kansalliskirjasto 12%, Others 4%, 40%, Culture Fr Nasjonalbiblioteket 5%, Knowledge Management 7%, Scran 8%,BNF 12%, Saxon 9%, Het Geheugen van NL 70% of the content comes from 4 providers
  • 14. Content Strategy• Promotion and support of aggregators• Collaboration between all Europeana related projects• Even representation of all European Countries & Cultures• Increase diversity of types of Content• Development of relevant themes of content available
  • 15. The role of Aggregators• Business Process • Content Aggregation & Ingestion Process• Organisational Model • Information flow and expertise• Financial Sustainability • Broader support & keeping Europeana office small• End-users • creating a virtuous cricle
  • 16. Content & Information flow
  • 17. Activities to promote Aggregation• Establishement of CCPA & Aggregators Group• Aggregator Survey• Aggregator Handbook• Training• Developing business models and assessment of cultural and economic impact of aggregators• Europeana Content Checker• Europeana source code• Identifying potential new aggregators
  • 18. Collaboration between projects• Content Aggregation • EuropeanaLocal – local and regional aggregators • Athena – Museums• Collaboration new partners • Focus on tier 1 countries • Focus on audio & audio visual
  • 19. Representation of countries• Identified 3 tiers • Tier 1 < 1% - high priority • Tier 2 1-5% - medium priority • Tier 3 >5% - low priority• Belgium – 54,311 items • Now tier 2 country – but only just with 1,09% • Aim for Summer 2010 – 4% of content – 400,000 items Join a local or regional aggregator, help us build the Belgium content in Europeana
  • 20. GP1 GP2 Why joining Europeana? • Prestigious initiative • Endorsement from European Commission • Erasmus Award 2009 • Knowledge exchange with professional network • Metadata standards • Best practices • Technological innovation • Popularity among users • User survey results: Loyal user base (60% of respondents visiting the site more than 5 times); Overall positive ratings for Europeana features and functions
  • 21. Dia 21GP1 Europeana’s cross-domain content The value of contributing content to Europeana Metadata standards Case studies demonstrating benefits and best practice Milestones, deliverables and achievements, notably Rhine release Forthcoming events – workshops, conferences etc Strategic and policy issues Staying relevant to users Value of sharing source code Technolgical innovation aal030; 30/10/2009GP2 Europeana’s cross-domain content The value of contributing content to Europeana Metadata standards Case studies demonstrating benefits and best practice Milestones, deliverables and achievements, notably Rhine release Forthcoming events – workshops, conferences etc Strategic and policy issues Staying relevant to users Value of sharing source code Technolgical innovation aal030; 30/10/2009
  • 22. Why joining Europeana?• Reaching out to users • Remain relevant • Put content where people are • Open up your marvelous collections• Content remains within your organisation• Increase traffic to your site • User interest in viewing items in original context • 75% of Europeana user survey respondents thought it very useful to view the searched object in its original context.
  • 23. Future VisionEuropeana beyond Europeana Version 1.0 • Full services and functionalities • Greater content Summer 2010 Rhine Release 10 million items 2011 Danube Release expect to double content By 2012 25 million items … Further growing content
  • 24. Questions?• Karin.heijink@kb.nl• www.europeana.eu• https://version1.europeana.eu

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