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  • The Strategic Plan 2011-2015 separates activity into four tracks. The Strategic Plan isn’t just a high level document, it translates to the work we carry out on a day-to-day basis and to each individual’s responsibilities. Aggregate: source content (increasing diversity); expand the network; improve data quality Facilitate: Strengthen advocacy (e.g. defend public domain); share knowledge among heritage professionals; foster research & development Distribute: Develop partnerships to deliver content in new ways, upgrade portal, put content in users’ workflow Engage: Enhance users’ experience; extend social media presence; broker new user/curator relationships (e.g. Europeana 1914-1918 UGC)
  • At a working level, we operate in a network of aggregators. We can’t work directly with 2,200 organisations, so we rely on aggregators to collect data, harmonise it, and deliver to Europeana. Aggregators are important because they share a background with the organisations whose content they bring together, so there is close understanding. The aggregation model enables Europeana to collect huge quantities of data from thousands of providers, through only a handful of channels.
  • Les Miserables: Victor Hugo’s handwritten manuscripts: BnF, public domain Matisse ‘53 in the form of a double helix’ The Wellcome Library (CC-BY-NC-ND) ‘ söprűtánc ’ – Hungarian traditional dance Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Musicology, public domain ‘ Neurologico reggae’ Music album DISMARC – EuropeanaConnect Paid Access ‘ Castle of Kavala’ 3D exploration of a Greek castle Cultural and Educational Technology Institute - Research Centre Athen CARARE CC-BY-NC-ND
  • Example used is: Een vrouw met een kind in een kelderkamer by Pieter de Hooch, Rijksmuseum, public domain
  • Poisonous nature exhibition includes content from Europeana, Europeana Fashion portal will go live in May 2013
  • Data is available as ‘data dumps’ for Linked Open Data initiatives from Europeana's move to CC0 is a step change in open data access. Releasing data from across the memory organisations of every EU country sets an important new international precedent, a decisive move away from the world of closed and controlled data. Note that previews can only be used in accordance with the rights information displayed next to them. HISPANA and Partage Plus both use the Europeana API to include Europeana search results on their own websites
  • Practical examples of our support for innovation We are particularly interested in developing apps and other services around cultural tourism and education This one is a geolocation app – you take a picture of a site or monument today, and using the geolocation co-ordinates, it can bring up earlier pictures held in the Euroepana database


  • 1. Antoine IsaacScientific Coordinator, EuropeanaAmerican Art Collaborative LOD MeetingSmithsonian American Art Museum, April 29, 2013
  • 2. What isEuropeana?
  • 3. Europeana’s vision and mission Europeana is a catalyst for change in the world ofcultural heritage. Our vision: We believe in making cultural heritage openlyaccessible in a digital way, to promote the exchange of ideasand information.
  • 4. Strategic Plan Engage – We cultivate new waysfor people to participate in theircultural heritage Aggregate – We are building the open,trusted source for European cultural content Facilitate – We support the culturalheritage sector through knowledgetransfer, innovation and advocacy Distribute – We make heritage available topeople wherever they are, whenever theywant it
  • 5., Europe’s cultural heritage portalMuseumsNational AggregatorsRegional AggregatorsArchivesThematic collectionsLibraries26M objects from 2,200 European galleries, museums, archives and libraries
  • 6. What types of objects does Europeana gives access to?Text Image Video Sound 3D
  • 7. Aggregating museum dataIndividual museums may provide data directly, but thevast majority goes/went through vast aggregators EuropeanaLocal ATHENA Linked Heritage various national aggregators
  • 8. Europeana and opendata
  • 9. What Europeana makes availableMetadataLink to digitalobjects online
  • 10. Content (digital objects on the site of the provider)Metadata (descriptive object information)DifferentoptionsTwo categories of rightsCC
  • 11. Rights Statements for contentOpenNot open – butclearNotopen
  • 12. Accessing and re-usingEuropeana data
  • 13. How do users access Europeanacontent?Europeana aims to provide content in the users’ workflow –where they want it, when they want it. portal Project portals/exhibitions Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)… Websites and apps using Europeana data independently
  • 14. Europeana’s as infrastructure open for re-useEuropeana data available via API Search widgets Semantic mark-up ( on portal Linked Open Data pilot
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  • 17. Hackathons to develop innovative new apps
  • 18. Innovation - Searching query : “Dieppe”
  • 19. Innovation - annotatingPundit @ DM2E project
  • 20. Take-home messageWe can think of and build plenty cool things, butmetadata openness and shared data models arecrucial
  • 21. Useful links Europeana portal Europeana Thought Lab Europeana end-user blog Europeana Professional Europeana Professional blog Facebook Twitter
  • 22. Thank youAntoine