A general introduction to the Europeana Cloud project


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Europeana Cloud – New Spaces for Sharing Content

Europeana Cloud is a Best Practice Network, coordinated by The European Library, designed to establish a cloud-based system for Europeana and its aggregators.

Lasting from 2013 to 2015, Europeana Cloud will provide new content, new metadata, a new linked storage system, new tools and services for researchers and a new platform - Europeana Research. Content providers and aggregators across the European information landscape urgently need a cheaper, more sustainable infrastructure that is capable of storing both metadata and content.

Researchers require a digital space where they can undertake innovative exploration and analysis of Europe's digitised content. Europeana needs to get closer to the target of 30 million items by 2015. Europeana Cloud meets these needs.

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  • Ask which partners currently provides metadata aggregation ?
  • Current europeana ecosystem Many different systems being run by each different aggregator – there are technical costs and staff costs in running independent systems But there are transactional costs – costs of tranferring data, checking data. And what happens if an aggregator wants to take enriched data, or even data from a different source. The end point is always Europeana
  • Different type of system – where aggregators share a technical framework with
  • A general introduction to the Europeana Cloud project

    1. 1. Introduction to Europeana Cloud http://pro.europeana.eu/web/europeana-cloud #cloud_EU / @europeana_cloud
    2. 2. Europeana AggregatorAggregator Current situation for metadata aggregation
    3. 3. Europeana The relationship is not reciprocal, it is costly and unsustainable AggregatorAggregator
    4. 4. Europeana The European LibraryPolish Digital Libraries Federation Europeana Cloud project tries to rethink this situation
    5. 5. Europeana The European Library Cost reduction? Sub-aggregations for members ? Ease of sharing? Shared storage? Enriched data potential? Polish Digital Libraries Federation
    6. 6. Who are the partners? Europeana The European Library 20 contentproviders 3 aggregators 12 strategic / technical partners Polish Digital Libraries Federation
    7. 7. What will they be doing? Define the principles of engagement Ingest metadata (2.4 M items) and content (5 M items) Build a technical infrastructure Investigating possible efficiencies Establishing Long term consensus Design a legal framework Europeana The European Library Polish Digital Libraries Federation
    8. 8. But that is not all!
    9. 9. We will also investigate how we can build end-user services on top of this infrastructure Researchers In particular for researchers in humanities and social sciences Content & Data
    10. 10. In scope for the project (Europeana Research): Europeana Research Platform Content & Data Tools “Portal” “Annotation” “API” “SPARQL” Services
    11. 11. To allow others to build apps and services on GLAM Creative industries
    12. 12. Project Details Start Date – February 2013 End Date – January 2016 Total Project Cost – 4.75m Euros EU Funding Contributing 3.8m Euros (80%) Matched Funding 950k (20k) co-funded by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme http://ec.europa.eu/ict_psp CIP-ICT-PSP-2012-6 - Project number 325091 the author is solely responsible for it and that it does not represent the opinion of the Community and that the Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained therein
    13. 13. 7 Work Packages WP1 - Assessing Researcher Needs in the Cloud and Ensuring Community Engagement, Agiatis Benardou (Digital Curation Unit, Athens) WP2 - Developing the Infrastructure for Europeana Cloud, Pavel Kats (Europeana Foundation, The Hague) WP3 - Exploiting Europeana Cloud with services and tools for researchers, Erik Duval (University of Leuven, Belgium) WP4 - Ingestion of Content and Metadata Development, Marian Lefferts (Consortium for European Research Libraries, The Hague) WP5 - Sustaining the Europeana Cloud: Legal, Strategic and Economic Issues Julia Fallon (Europeana Foundation, The Hague) WP6 - Dissemination and Networking, Martin Moyle (University College London) WP7 - Project Management, Mary Rowlatt (MDR Partners, UK) Project Coordination, Alastair Dunning (The European Library, The Hague)
    14. 14. 35 Partners 1 Stitching Foundation (Europeana Foundation), Netherlands 2 Ariadne Foundation, Belgium 3 Athena Research and Innovation Centre, Greece 4 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library), Germany 5 Central and East European Online Library (CEOOL), Germany 6 Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), United Kingdom 7 Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (National Research Council), Italy 8 Debreceni Egyetem (University of Debrecen), Hungary 9 Fundación Dialnet (Dialnet Foundation), Spain 10 Hrvatska Akademija Znanosti I Umjetnosti (Croatian Academy for Science and Arts), Croatia
    15. 15. 35 Partners 11 Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Nationalbibliotek Og Kobenhavns Universitetsbibliotek, (Royal Library and National Library of Copenhagen University), Denmark 12 Stichting Nederland Kennisland (Kennisland), Netherlands 13 Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen, KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy for Science), Netherlands 14 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven), Belgium 15 Stichting LIBER (LIBER Foundation), Netherlands 16 Cinecitta' Luce Spa , Italy 17 MDR Partners, United Kingdom 18 Kansallisarkisto (Finnish National Archives), Finland 19 Llyfrgellgenedlaethol Cymru (National Library of Wales), United Kingdom 20 Narodni Technicka Knihovna (National Technical Library), Czech Republic
    16. 16. 35 Partners 21 Stichting OAPEN (OAPEN Foundation), Netherlands 22 Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF-DE), Germany 23 The Open University, United Kingdom 24 Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry), Poland 25 Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 26 Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant Universiteit Van Tilburg (Tilburg University), Netherlands 27 University College London United Kingdom 28 The University Of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 29 Goeteborgs Universitet (Gothenburg University), Sweden 30 Universite Libre De Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels), Belgium
    17. 17. 35 Partners 31 Universitaet Bielefeld (University of Bielefeld), Germany 32 University Of Patras, Greece 33 Stichting Vu-Vumc (Free University of Amsterdam), Netherlands Unfunded Partners: 34 University of Sibiu, Romania 35 DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities)
    18. 18. http://pro.europeana.eu/web/europeana-cloud #cloud_EU / @europeana_cloud Image Credit: De molen bij Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Van Ruisdael, Rijksmuseum, c.1669 http://europeana.eu/portal/record/90402/79D60E4547FFE444D9AA17666E07955F7EBC0771.html