The objective of this workpackage is to support discovery and use by improving metadata through innovative methods including semantic enrichment and crowdsourcing. It coordinates the design and implementation on mechanisms to improve the quality of existing metadata and contextual information. This will support enhanced exploration, deepen understanding of the collections, and will increase end-user engagement. Significantly increase quality of existing and new Europeana metadata for audio and audio-related items though: (a) active participation with existing audiences; (b) machine-driven tools.
• Offer tools for metadata tagging and contextualisation to the wider community. This will (1) increase quality and user satisfaction in terms of content discovery; (2) promote increased engagement between institutions and their audiences.
• Apply semantic web technologies to enable enrichment of the Europeana Sounds collections. This will increase quality of the metadata and user satisfaction in terms of content discovery.
• Collaborate with Wikimedia chapters in Europe to add contextual knowledge on the Europeana Sounds collection. Six edit-a-thons (campaigns that aim to create wiki pages on focussed areas) will be organised in year two and three of the project. This will (1) add a layer of in-depth knowledge to the collections presented online;
(2) strengthen links between Europeana, the Europeana Network and the international Wikipedia community.
• Align music scores to text, to forge a dynamic connection between currently separated collections. By allowing for new types of exploration, the value for end-users of both the multimedia and digitised paper-based resources will be increased.
• Explore possibilities of music information retrieval to support innovative, language independent exploration of audio collections.
• Put in place policies and (in connection with WP5) infrastructural preconditions allowing enrichments to be re-ingested in the information systems of the contributing archives, wherever relevant.
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