Twitter bots are a relatively new means to present digital objects. They allow collections to “speak for themselves”, gain visibility in the Twittersphere and aid serendipity effects. Current examples are e.g. the bots of the Digital Public Library of America or of the National Library of Australia.
An relatively new TwitterBot is “EuropeanaBot”: a program to present images
from the collections of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums by using Europeana’s Application Programming Interface (API).
EuropeanaBot not only tweets hourly about a random digital object, it also
enriches them. By using open data collections (e.g. place names, a list of of
Nobel prize winners, . . . ) or open APIs (e.g. Wikipedia, current news items) it
enhances the simple query results and puts them into new – often surprising and entertaining – contexts. In addition a kind of “digital persona” has been created to make it easier for the EuropeanaBot to blend in with “Twitter culture” and simplify interaction with other users.
The talk introduces this project and also covers the data flow and the connections to the services that have been used. Additionally the impact and resonance of EuropeanaBot is analyzed and some possible future developments are discussed.