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In this presentation Olaf Janssen - project manager at Europeana - introduces Europeana to the archival community. ...

In this presentation Olaf Janssen - project manager at Europeana - introduces Europeana to the archival community.
He outlines the mutual benefits of collaboration between European archives and Europeana

Olaf held this talk during the APEnet General Assembly on 12-10-2009 in Lund, Sweden

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  • A few words about the political and technological context from which Europeana sprang. The European Commission has been funding projects that promote digitisation, digital preservation and access to cultural and scientific information since the ’90s. It was not until Google announced its intention to collaborate with major libraries that the political idea started to take shape on how to protect and promote the diversity of the european cultures in the world wide web. With a letter to the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, 6 Heads of State ( Presidents of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Spain ) raised the claim for action. They also proposed a European digital library as the access point for digitised european content. The Digital Libraries Initiative was launched with the aim to support strategy and the creation of the European Digital Library.
  • Increasing the message – working towards Europana The Commission envisaged to created a single, direct and multilingual access point to the European cultural heritage or as we’ve heard in a speech by Horst Foster, ‘A unique resource for Europe's distributed cultural heritage… ensuring a common access to Europe's libraries, archives and museums.’ First milestone: launch of the prototype in Nov 2008
  • A first step in realizing the vision of the EC was made by launching the Europeana Prototype in Brussels in November What did the prototype achieve? It was built based on extensive consultation of users and stakeholders It showcases 4,6m objects which were contributed by more than 150 organisations representing more than 1000CH institutions from all over Europe. The prototype managed to achieve interoperability with the mapping and the harmonisation of the metadata to what is called the Europeana Semantic Elements (ESE) Application Profile. It provides the interface in all the major European languages It enables basic and advanced search and to filter the search by material type as well as by facets There is also timeline for browsing the content Time for a demo to show you!
  • English homepage, logo is random,. Language is not English , but random multilingual dropdown [CLICK]
  • 27 languages Simple search, possibility to do advanced search Carrousel: saved items from MyEuropeana, moderated PACTA (People Are Currenty Thinking About): affiliated (from a Europeana Group project) volunteers; moderated Multilingual interface, choose Swedish [CLICK]
  • Swedish interface Notice : “PACTA” : language specific, for Sweden (Saab, Bjorn Borg..) Switch back to English interfaca [CLICK]
  • For everybody to be able to understand, I switch back to English interface, search for Malmo, hit search button [CLICK]
  • Results screen Sorted by type (texts, pics .. You can also sort by facet: where, when, language Choose one object – the Cathedral in Malmo
  • Item from Landes archive Baden-Wurtenberg Swedish resource held in Germany! Related seaches: All aquarells, buildings , Sweden, Denmark, one of a series of 40 postal cards Click on the image to go to the native interface, the providing institution
  • Europeana is bringing traffic to the providing institutions!!!
  • Content by Country of Origin Europeana gives access to content from 24 European countries, covering nearly all European Union member States. Looking at the country of origin of the content in Europeana Prototype we see that almost 50% of the content is coming from French institutions. Other big contributing countries are Sweden, Germany (16%), the Netherlands (8%), and the United Kingdom (8%). All other countries provide 5% or less each. To achieve its objective of giving access to Europe’s digital cultural heritage it is important that the content in Europeana covers all of the European Union and content from all 27 countries is accessible. The countries that are especially under represented at the moment are Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. To achieve a more even geographical spread : In the Content Strategy Europeana will address the under-representation of countries by giving content from those countries a higher priority for ingestion and by pro-actively approaching institutions for content acquisition. The availability of digital content suitable for Europeana is however a limiting factor and it is therefore not possible to set hard content goals per country.
  • Content by type Europeana distinguishes 4 types of content; text, image, video and sound/audio. The classification of an item into one of these categories is made by the content provider in the process of mapping and normalizing their metadata to the Europeana Semantic Elements (ESE). The vast majority of the content, 77%, is classified as an image. 20% of the content consists of text, video makes up almost 2.5% and less then 0.5% of the content is audio. Within the content strategy special attention will be given to audio and video collections in order to increase the number of items available in those formats.
  • Content by provider Europeana gives access to the content from over 1000 institutions Almost 70% of the content comes from 4 content providers, Culture.fr, the Saxon State Library, the Memory of the Netherlands and the National Library of France. All 4 institutions act as aggregators, aggregating and making available content from more than 1 institution to Europeana. Aggregators provide economies of scale that are essential to the success of Europeana. Promoting aggregation and providing services and expertise to aggregators will be key to Europeana’s Content Strategy. Lack of archives!!
  • The vision of Europeana project universe is for groups of institutions to get together, to aggregate their data, to create either sector or thematic websites which also be harvested by Europeana. [CLICK] In this vision, Europeana V1.0 and EuropeanaConnect are closely interlinked with each other. V1.0 will create the fully operational version of Euroepana over next 2 years [CLICK] This is an overview of the independent projects’ relation to Europeana and their main goal, which is to bring normalised, standardised content to Europeana. S ome of them are “dark aggregatiors” in the making, such as EuropeanaTravel, Athena and EuropeanaLocal. These will not be accessible to users but will create aggregations of content available through Europeana All these projects help creating Europeana, which is owned by the EDL Foundation and funded by projects of the EU. The EDL Foundation is a partner in each of these projects to try to help them in standards and normalisation and to ensure open communication channels. [CLICK] Europeana v1.0 Is the successor network to EuropeanaNet. Turns current prototype into an operational service. It creates automated work flows and processes for the ingestion of content and management of a full scale business operation. End user marketing ensures take up and sustainability, together with longer term financing solutions. Begins February 09 ends July 11 EuropeanaConnect Is a set of technical work packages delivering components essential for the operational Europeana.eu as a truly interoperable, multilingual and user oriented service. portal. Aims to begin May 09 Includes: Semantic resource discovery A unique repository of language resources OAI Management Infrastructure Metadata registry for interoperability Service registry for integration of external services Resolution discovery service for unique resource identification Multimedia annotation, GIS and eBooks on demand Accessibility for Mobile Devices Increased audio content APEnet Is a portal. Creates European Archives Portal and makes more archives accessible to Europeana. Europeana Local www.EuropeanaLocal.eu Is an aggregator (no portal). Helps local and regional museums, archives, audio visual collections and libraries to bring their content to Europeana.eu. EFG www.EuropeanFilmGateway.eu Is a portal. Creates European Film Gateway (a portal) and makes more film accessible to Europeana. Athena www.AthenaEurope.org Is an aggregator (no portal). Helps museums bring their content to Europeana.eu. BHL Europe Improves the interoperability of Europe´s biodiversity heritage libraries by introducing common standards and creates a portal to facilitate the search for taxa specific biodiversity information. It will give access to relevant content through Europeana. Begins in 2009 EU Screen Will work towards standardisation in the audio visual sector and provide solutions to achieve interoperability in the sector. It will develop long term solutions to rights issues. Is a portal and gives access to the material also through Europeana. Begins September 2009 Europeana Travel Overall objective to digitise content on the theme of travel and tourism for Europeana from Europe´s national and research libraries. Begins in 2009. MIMO Musical Instrument Museums Online Digitises content and creates a common access portal for musical instruments. MIMO also gives access to its content through Europeana. Begins 2009. JUDEICA Jewish Urban Digital European Integrated Cultural Archive Identifies content in European Institutions demonstrating the jewish contribution to the cities of Europe. Content will be digitised & accessible through Europeana. Begins 2009. ARROW for example addresses issues behind “Orphan and out of print work”. Arrow’s objective is to make it easy for libraries to digitise work and make it accessible to the network through rights clearance mechanisms. PrestoPrime Is a network of excellence for the preservation of audio visual archives and will deliver content to Europeana. STERNA Semantic, web based thematic European reference network application building a distributed digital library focussing on natural science, natural history, and biodiversity material .
  • APEnet is a member of the Europeana Group Advantages Advantages of collaboration – with Europeana and with the Europeana Group of projects - Share knowledge & expertise across projects : within the group there are many experts who can help each other , there are always perons who can answer your questions, and you can answer questions from others Collaborate on difficult areas – IPR, data models, multi-lingual issues : many hans make the work easier – on notorious tricky issue (IPR, data technical issues) is workthwile to collaborate, which we already do in the GoP : Cluster Groups on - Project Coordinators Group - Content & Partner Group - IPR Group - Communications Group - Technical Group Issue that need a cross-domain, cross-projects approach Avoid (or at least streamline, minimize) duplication of efforts across projects: The Europeana Group can identify if (parts of) work you plan to do has already been done in other project, and can thus be done more efficiently in your project, or perhaps you can re-use the results of other projects for your benefit. Wider channels for dissemination of project results : the outcomes of APEnet have more channels to interested audiences, and the chance that people/stakeholders/decision makers etc. hear about your results increase. Bigger audience, more interest from media Importance of Communications Group
  • Show homepage of Group – The Group is repsonsible AND benefits from for the development of Europeana
  • Outline advantages of having archives in Europana: -- tell about all bullet points – The archives have their part in developing & growing Europeana – for their own good, of their users (as told above), but also for the good of other domains & their users and for ALL Europeana users
  • Europeana Version1 creates fully operational service  First release - July 2010 - Rhine - 10M objects, back-end processes  Final release - April 2011 – Danube – more technology, user services Europeana will adding more content and services in each releae, increasing the added value of Europeana for the archival world & their users increasing the advantages mentioned in the previous slide
  • APEnet is needed to shape the Europeana of the future Europeana invites APEnet to ** actively participate in the current conceptual discussion on developing the EDM via the Wiki on https://version1.europeana.eu/group/europeana-collaboratory/wiki-wp3 ** the EDM prototyping phase between October 2009 and July 2010 ** to liaise with the progress of WP3 of Europeana V1 through the mailing list moderated by Stefan Gradmann (also the leader of EuropeanaConnect WP1) by proactively input its results in the mailing list and react to the results of the other projects ---------------------------------------------- WP3 Objectives (1)   Continue the work of EDLnet WP2 Co-ordinate the various projects aiming to deliver content and technology to Europeana v1 through additional concertation and work group meetings with invitations to WP and task leaders in EuropeanaConnect and other projects in the Europeana group of projects to ensure good integration of services and structures Proactive engagement with the various communities site visits and focused meetings WP3 Objectives (2)   Continue to concentrate on three main aspects of interoperability basic semantic interoperability the modelling and exchange of information objects and their surrogates (including ingest and distribution/output issues) technical and architectural interoperability with external applications and components and their integration in Europeana Responsible for the architectural design of Europeana version 1 Prototyping of new functionalities Deliver functional specifications to WP4 WP3 Tasks   Work groups to gather requirements, build consensus WG 3.1 Object Model and Metadata WG 3.2 Semantic and multilingual aspects WG 3.3 Architecture and components, external interaction Technology watch Liaison with other projects and various communities Site visits and focused meetings, Core expert groups Recommendations for further developments (3-yr horizon) Europeana functional specifications Synchronize with EuropeanaConnect (API!) and other projects, deliver specifications, “sandbox” to validate scalability and maturity WP3 team   WP leaders (external)   Makx Dekkers Coordination, working groups Stefan Gradmann Liaison, recommendations Mats Lindquist Requirements, validation Carlo Meghini Specifications, prototyping   Europeana Office Catherine Lupovici, Office WP leader Julie Verleyen, scientific coordination across projects Go Sugimoto, Robina Clayphan, interoperability expertise Sjoerd Siebinga, multilingual expertise Others Bram van der Werf (WP4) and development team in strong connection with WG3.3
  • Other projects: MIMO : Musical instruments photographed from various angels also form a coherent series of pictures, in context BHL-Europe – a portal for biodiversity literature The libraries of the European natural history museums and botanical gardens collectively hold the majority of the world's published knowledge on biological diversity. Today, this wealth of knowledge is not yet disclosed to the rest of the world while direct access and distribution is limited. The BHL-Europe (Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe) project develops a multilingual portal, which will provide unprecedented access to more than 25 million pages of biodiversity literature. The unique collections include information on animals, plants, artworks and rare works by important scientist such as Charles Darwin or Alexander von Humboldt. BHL-Europe addresses a number of key issues for access to digital content, namely, technical interoperability, metadata standards, adaptation of Europeana and BHL data model, workflow and harvesting procedures as well as best practices for rights' clearance and IPR management of biodiversity literature.The Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin co-ordinates the project co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus. The BHL-Europe project mobilises 28 partners from 13 EU countries. BHL-Europe started 1 May 2009 and runs until April 2012. By autumn 2010 a first version of the prototype will be accessible online. BHL-Europe and Europeana The biodiversity community Portal will be linked to Europeana, the cultural website governed by the EDL Foundation. Europeana offers search capabilities through millions of digital items provided by Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries and audio-visual organisations. Some of these are world famous, others are as yet hidden treasures. Europeana will deliver access to over 10 million digital objects by 2010.BHL-Europe adds substantial added value to Europeana and it's users by making available a great amount of biodiversity literature and thus delivering the first major corpus of science material to Europeana. Expected results: A single, multi-lingual access point to the digitised collections of Europe's biodiversity literature (BHL) Agreement on common standards for the digitisation of biodiversity material in Europe Intellectual Property Rights Framework for BHL-Europe and agreements with Rights Holders Access to Europe's biodiversity heritage through Europeana BHL-Europe and EDL Foundation The Europeana Digital Library Foundation had been set up to develop a sustainable and secure future for Europeana. BHL-Europe will cooperate closely with EDL Foundation, by adopting best practices and standards and to ensure full interoperability.BHL-Europe will support European institutions in their national bids for funding for digitization of biodiversity material. In addition the project aims to attract new content providers. It will coordinate with Europeana, BHL global and national scanning projects to ensure material scanned by BHL-Europe is available through these portals. Contacts Henning Scholz, Project coordinator

Olaf Janssen on benefits of collaboration between Europeana and archives during APEnet General Assembly, 12-10-2009, Lund, Sweden Olaf Janssen on benefits of collaboration between Europeana and archives during APEnet General Assembly, 12-10-2009, Lund, Sweden Presentation Transcript

  • About Europeana www.europeana.eu Olaf Janssen APEnet General Assembly, Lund, 12 th October 2009
  • Background….. A bit of history
    • EC funding projects that promote Since the 1990s interoperability of European information
    • Google’s library partnerships announced December 2004
    • Letter from 6 Heads of State to President of EC April 2005
    • The Commission’s Directorate for Information Society September 2005 and Media launches Digital Libraries Initiative with a clear aim to build the European Digital Library
  • European Digital Library - Vision
    • “ A common multilingual access point would make it possible to search Europe’s distributed – that is to say, held in different places by different organisations – digital cultural heritage of Europe online. –
    • European Commission 2006
    • ‘ 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
    • ‘ Europeana.eu enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections .’
    • Mission of Europeana, 2008
  • Europeana Prototype - achievements
    • Europeana Prototype  www.europeana.eu
    • Launched in Brussels in Nov 2008:
    • 4,6 million objects
    • Content of more than 1000 CH institutions
    • All EU-countries, cross-domain
    • Multilingual interface in all major European languagues
    • Basic and advanced search
    • Faceted search on who, what, where, when
    • Timeline browsing
    DEMO !
  • Search demo
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  • Europeana is bringing users to providing institution !
  • end of search demo
  • Content analysis
  • Europeana Prototype – Content per country
  • Europeana Prototype – Content per type
  • Europeana Prototype – Content per provider Archives are underrepresented
  • APEnet, Europeana & Group of Projects
  • Europeana Group of projects - overview Arrow Presto Prime Europeana Athena 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
    • Share knowledge & expertise across projects – knowledge base
    • Collaborate on difficult areas – IPR, technical & multi-lingual issues
    • Avoid (or at least streamline, minimize) duplication of efforts across projects
    • Wider channels for dissemination of project results  Communications Group
    •  www.group.europeana.eu
    Europeana Group of projects – advantages for APEnet
  • www.group.europeana.eu
  • Advantages of including APEnet content in Europeana
    • For the APEnet archives
    • Extra route to holdings & services of archives
    • Increased visibility of archives on the web
    • Drive up usage of archives
    • Political – European CH institutes operate as one force, increased networking, easier funding
    • For their users
    • Allow for cross-domain object searching
    • Serendipious resource discovery
    • Access to native resources held in other countries
  • Development of Europeana in next 2 years
    • Currently : Europeana Prototype – until July 2010
    • Europeana Version1 creates fully operational service
    2009 2010 2011 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec UOPEANA V1.0 Jan 2009 July 2010 Rhine - 10M objects - Back-end processes April 2011 Danube - Content - Front-end Dec 2011
  • What can APEnet do for Europeana?
  • Europeana needs APEnet (1/2)
    • 1) Contribute archival content to Europeana  Build APEnet portal Task3.3 DoW: “ Objective is that all digitized resources of the APEnet gateway are also searchable through Europeana ”  Danube feasible?
    • 2) Actively participate in discussion and testing
    • Current conceptual discussion on developing Europeana Data Model via Wiki on the EuropeanaV1 Collaboratory
    • EuropeanaV1 mailing list [email_address] (on interoperability and functionality)
    • EDM prototyping phase between Oct09 and Jul10
  • Europeana needs APEnet (2/2) 3) Sharing archival expertise of APEnet to help other projects in the Europeana Group  BHL-Europe and other projects also deals with hierarchical and contextual display of objects  cross fertilization  WP3 – Wim van Dongen
  •  Questions ?  [email_address]