On The European (Digital) Library, 03-04-2007, Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
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In this presentation Olaf Janssen - Project Manager at The European Library - introduces the national libraries of Europe. ...
In this presentation Olaf Janssen - Project Manager at The European Library - introduces the national libraries of Europe.
He outlines the history, organisational and technical foundations of The European Library, the collaborative platform and website of the 48 national libraries of Europe.
He outlines the benefits of collaboration between these institutions and explains how The European Library has established technical and metadata interoperability across Europe.
He discusses the ingredients for a successful European Digital Library (to be called Europeana) and assess the current state of play and the remaining challenges.
The conclusions are:
* Common and open standards for access and interoperability are essential for a European Digital Library
* The European Library is the forerunner
* Building a European Digital Library is a much a political & social game as it is a technological
* The willingness to collaborate is key!!
I held this talk at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, on 03-04-2007
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