Europeana Fashion project overview. Marco Rendina


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Europeana Fashion is a best practice network of 23 partners, representing the leading public and private museums, archives and collections from 12 European countries. Europeana Fashion will publish online by March 2015 over 700,000 fashion-related digital objects, ranging from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, and fashion catalogues.

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  • [ Scattered access ] Access to fashion digital collections is often “on-site” only. Databases are usually kept locally in closed systems, and even if they’re on-line, there are no integrated access points. [ Lack of interoperability ] There are no common metadata standards to properly describe Fashion objects. And institutions haven’t implemented protocols to exchange data and to offer integrated access to their users. Interoperability at the semantic level is also lacking. [ Rights issues ] Different IPR legislations in different countries across Europe and worldwide, and increased expectations regarding access to digital content by the public made rights issues an important point to tackle when offering access to digital collections. [ Lack of exploitation strategies ] There are few case studies regarding possible ways of exploitation of Fashion digital content for academic and scholarly access and for the creative industry at large.
  • With the ambition to address all these issues we setup a consortium made of 23 partners from 12 European countries…, which aims at building a thematic fashion aggregator.
  • Fashion content in fact is currently not well represented there, despite fashion is a popular theme that potentially could attract a large audience. So building such an aggregator will represent a great value for Europeana itself but also for the fashion community, allowing to establish best practices, tools and solutions for accessing and integrating heterogeneous content in the fashion domain. Europeana Fashion addresses the ICT PSP Objective 2.1 “Aggregating content for Europeana”.
  • Gathering and harmonising fashion digital content coming form the most important European fashion collections (both public and private). (of content holders) Developing and promoting a common metadata model for fashion content, based on the EDM, and developing also tools for semantic interoperability like the Fashion Thesaurus. Setting up the Europeana Fashion portal, that will offer an integrated access to all the aggregated fashion collections, offering to users added value services. (on-line) Stimulating synergies between fashion content holders and the creative community for the reuse of on-line fashion content (starting also a specific collaboration with the Wikipedia community). In the fashion community on digitisation, IPR issues and interoperability, with the aim also to attract new fashion content providers in the BPN.
  • Ensure the overall management of the project (including financial monitoring and quality assurance). Is the core WP in the project, since the content provision and harmonisation will happen here (EDMfp, Thesaurus). Technical WP that will establish the aggregation platform and the tools for metadata mapping, enrichment and refinement (also the protal will be developed here). This WP will address the user requirements and will develop use cases for the following target groups: education and research, cultural heritage and leisure, and creative industry. This WP is responsible of performing a staged evaluation and test of the Europeana Fashion technical infrastructure, and will also evaluate the effectiveness of the portal functionalities according to the use cases defined in WP4, providing feedback to WP3 . This WP will promote and disseminate the activities and the results of the Best Practice Network, collaborating also with related projects in the Europeana galaxy of projects.
  • Europeana Fashion project overview. Marco Rendina

    1. 1. Europeana Fashion Kick-off meeting Palazzo Incontri, Florence 15-16 March 2012 Project overview Marco Rendina Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale Co-funded by the EuroSupport peanConnected to Commission within the ICT Policy Programme
    2. 2. Europeana Fashion in a nutshell The Context the scenario in which the project operates The Consortium the composition of our project consortium Objectives and expected outcomes aims and results of the project The Project Structure the organisation of work packages The Project Roadmap project workplan and milestones in the next 3 years
    3. 3. The ContextThe scenario in which the project operates Fashion is an important part of our European Cultural Heritage. A growing interest in Fashion content is developing in a broader audience (not only professionals and domain specialists). Digitisation and on-line access is fundamental in allowing museums and archives to exploit their holdings. But there are still some remaining challenges…
    4. 4. Challenges and open issuesMany Fashion institutions, both public and private, reconsidered the role oftheir archives as an important resource. This led to new investments inconservation and digitisation of their heritage, but still some issues remains: Scattered access Lack of interoperability Rights issues Lack of exploitation strategiesEuropeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    5. 5. The ConsortiumThe composition of our project consortiumThe Europeana Fashion Best PracticeNetwork will encompass 23 partnersfrom 12 European countries, whichrepresent the leading Europeaninstitutions and collections in the fashiondomain.
    6. 6. The Europeana Fashion ConsortiumApart from Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, which is coordinating theproject, the consortium is made of: 20 Content ProvidersRepresenting the leading European institutions in the domain, including both private andpublic archives and museums: - ModeMuseum - Victoria & Albert Museum - KMKG - Netherland Institute for Sound & Vision - Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz - Catwalk Pictures - Stockholms University - Belgrade Museum of Applied Arts - Les Arts Décoratifs - MUDE - Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation - Roger Dean Photography - Emilio Pucci Archive - Pitti Immagine - Centraal Museum Utrecht - Nordiska Museet - Rossimoda Shoe Museum - Museo del Traje - Wien Museum - Archivio Missoni 2 Technical PartnersRepresenting the state-of-the-art in the domain of semantic interoperability and on-lineaccess: - National Technical University of Athens - Internet ArchitectsEuropeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    7. 7. The Europeana Fashion ConsortiumIn the consortium there are also: 3 Associated PartnersRepresenting the state-of-the-art in the domain of semantic interoperability and on-lineaccess: - Berg Publishers - Central Museum of Textiles, Lods - Museo Salvatore FerragamoEuropeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    8. 8. Objectives and expected outcomesAims and results of the projectThe main objective of the EuropeanaFashion Best Practice Network is tobuild a thematic aggregator on Fashion,putting emphasis on the quality, thevariety and granularity of content thatwill be delivered to Europeana, andproducing a significant increase of thefashion related content in it.
    9. 9. Project Objectives and expected outcomesEuropeana Fashion objectives aim to: aggregate 700.000+ digital items of fashion content toEuropeana improve interoperability in the fashion community create a specialised access point for fashion content develop case studies for the exploitation of fashion material build consensus and raise awareness on best practicesEuropeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    10. 10. The Project StrucutreThe organisation of the workpackagesTo best organise the work and toachieve our objectives, the projecthas been structured in six workpackages.
    11. 11. Project StructureEuropeana Fashion is organised in the following work packages:Europeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    12. 12. The Project Roadmapproject workplan and milestones in the next 3 years The Europeana Fashion project has started the 1st of March 2012, and it will end in February 2015. A detailed work plan has been defined, and several milestones throughout the project duration has been identified.
    13. 13. The project workplanThis is the three years workplan, for each of the six work packages:Europeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    14. 14. The main project milestonesThis is a condensed list of the milestones that we will have in the three yearsof the project:Europeana Fashion kick-off meeting. Florence, 15-16 March 2012
    15. 15. Thank you for your attention!Connected to Co-funded by the European Commission within the ICT Policy Support Programme