Europeana Libraries: bringing content to the researcher


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  • Network libraries: LIBER, CERL, CENL Project: Europeana Libraries The European Library: the library aggregator of Europeana Europeana
  • Apart from, of course, aggregating the content from research libraries, the project will achieve the following Absolutely central to achieving the vision of the project is the development of a sustainable library domain aggregator- taking the content from the research libraries, adding value to it and making it available, not just to Europeana but to a dedicated portal for researchers. The aggregator succeeds or fails based on the accuracy of the business model.
  • To this.. How do we get from the image of the research we have built up to a dedicated pan-European research portal with content from practically all the research libraries in Europe, including bibliographic records, full text and special tools for resaercher- all the things that we know that researchers want. Well of course I’m going to say though partnership, through enabling national, university and other research libraries to work together to build this service and provide research content in a sustainable mannor. Which is what the Europeana Libraries project sets out to do…
  • How did we get to know the researcher? We used a variety of different methods. We attended conferences and workshops, and talked to people first hand about the proposed service and their expectations. We also read reports, such as the very helpful report from the Research Information Network, on how digital humanities scholars do their work. We gathered researchers together and asked them to brainstorm what features and services they would like from a research portal. Finally, we developed a list of resources and people to follow online, including blogs of prominent scholars and on Twitter – a place where Digital Humanities researchers in particular are very active.
  • Europeana Libraries: bringing content to the researcher

    1. 1. Europeana Libraries:bringing library content tothe researcherSusan Reilly (LIBER)Twitter: @skreillyQQML, Limerick, 25th May, 2012
    2. 2. What’s on?• 4 networks and project• The big idea• Friends with benefits• Back to the future
    3. 3. Four networks and a project• Europeana Libraries is a 2-year • Mixture of content: project funded by the European Commission’s ICT-PSP programme • 3,319,045 pages• Will add over 5 million digital objects to Europeana • 598,130 books and theses• 19 research and university libraries are participating • 368,000 articles• Coordinated by The European • 848,078 images Library • 1,200 film and video clips • 34,000 mixed content objects
    4. 4. Four networks and a project 430 research libraries 34 research libraries, preservation of manuscripts 44 national libraries, owns aggregator Network libraries: LIBER, CERL, CENL Project: Europeana Libraries The European Library: the library aggregator for Europeana Europeana: Europes museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual aggregator
    5. 5. The big IdeaBring digital content from Europeannational and research librariesto the researcher
    6. 6. The big idea• Increasing amount of digital content in libraries• Change in research behaviour, increase in cross disciplinary research• Gap in provision of research infrastructure for the humanitiies• Shrinking library budgets and more pressure to show ROI
    7. 7. The big idea• All European cultural heritage available online by 2025 (Neelie Kroes)• All public domain masterpieces available in Europena(Digital Agenda)• Cost= 10 billion per year over the next 10 years (Collections Trust)• Increase in Open Access and born digital content
    8. 8. • Growth in systematic collaboration• More complex research• Less time for research (occurs in bursts)• Some barriers: • Lack of linking between archives • Lack of standadisation of online databases and archives • Difficulties in data linking arising from the lack of standardisation, and the inconsistencies in quality, reliability, and functionality across different resources
    9. 9. The big idea• Source the content• Aggregate it• Improve it• Make it available in a meaningful way• And…… do all this in a sustainable manner
    10. 10. The big idea• A valuable resource for researchers with full-text search capabilities• A robust network of national and research libraries• An efficient sustainable aggregation model for research libraries across Europe This means developing the framework for a library domain aggregation service! !!!
    11. 11. Friends with benefits• Efficiency• Effectiveness• Visibility• Credibility
    12. 12. Friends with benefits
    13. 13. Friends with benefits
    14. 14. Friends with benefits
    15. 15. Friends with benefits• Consultation & articulation of value proposition• Business Model• Business Plan
    16. 16. Friends with benefits• Enabling searching of bibliographic records of texts in hard copy and metadata for related digitised texts at the same time• Offering OCR services for providers’ digital content to support full text searching in the portal• Pushing the data out to otheracademic / research services• Providing access to universities’own digital repositories …and more?
    17. 17. Back to the future• More content• More tools/services• More innovation• More contact with thereseach community
    18. 18. Back to the future• Service opened up to all research libraries• New project for new innovation and service • Europeana Newspapers • Europeana Cloud