Europeana and the Battle of Waterloo


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'Europeana and the Battle of Waterloo' presentation by Jill Cousins, 15 March 2013, Brussels

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  • A quote from the Duke of Wellington, June 18, 1815, can be found on the inside of the lid. It reads, "Napolean did not manoeuvre at all. He just moved forward in the old style, in columns, and was driven off in the old style".
  • Europeana was born as a political vision to create social and economical capital
  • This has led to the creation of a strong infrastructure for aggregation of cultural objects and a variety of ways to access this material online.
  • 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)
  • Image is the dominant type Text is increasing Video and sound are still more challenging and costly to digitise with copyright and production issues Europeana actively tries to increase the video and audio content, which is also reflected in its content strategy.
  • 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
  • So how do we intend to support Creative Industries
  • 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.
  • Link to the books and monographs on world war one – all languages – taking the interested user deeper Peak in traffic generated by Press release on Hitler and Bible – more eyeballs – 20,000 per day – returning user remaining high
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  • Poisonous nature exhibition includes content from Europeana, Europeana Fashion portal will go live in May 2013
  • Sneak preview of the new portal out this week
  • Developing our API for distribution
  • Practical examples of our support for innovation Art Space promotes access to art in everyday situations i.e. Europeana collections can be made available in public places such as coffee shops, libraries, schools, and hotels. Making use of LCD displays and an online Collection Management System allows a ‘Virtual art leasing’ service and a highly personalised curation.
  • Among them I could mention the Fundaccion Cristobal Balenciaga in Spain, the Fendi Heritage foundation and GucciMuseo in Italy. Armani foundation also contacted us for a meeting two days ago.  The surprising thing for us is that these private institutions, which are multinational brands, have been always very conservative about sharing material from their archives, which have been always considered an asset to protect rather than open and share. And these institutions have been always very reluctant in joining "multibrand" initiatives. ...It seems that the open and collaborative nature of Europeana is slowly changing their mind-set. Another clear example of this change is the enthusiasm showed by Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in joining our new Tumblr blog (, for which the director of the museum is curating a special edition on Ferragamo iconic shoes that is going online during this week. And just few days ago also the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto asked us to collaborate on our Tumblr blog. The relation and the possible creative synergies between Fashion industry and the GLAMs community will be also the main theme of our forthcoming international conference in Florence, in which we will have keynotes speakers coming from major public museums in Europe (like V&A and MoMu), top fashion brands like Pucci, Ferragamo and Balenciaga, fashion magazines like Vogue and academic institutions like the FIT of New York, the London College of Fashion, Polimoda in Florence and the Centre for Fashion Studies of the University of Stockholm. You could find more info on the programme here: And finally, another important achievement we're trying to reach is related to the engagement of users. In fact, on the 22nd of March, hosted by our partner Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, we're going to organise our first GLAM-WIKI event in cooperation with Wikimedia Sweden and Europeana Awareness. This will be the first public event of a series of five events we're going to organise with Wikimedia in the Netherlands, UK, France and Italy, with the goal of engaging users with fashion heritage content on-line.
  • Link to the books and monographs on world war one – all languages – taking the interested user deeper Peak in traffic generated by Press release on Hitler and Bible – more eyeballs – 20,000 per day – returning user remaining high
  • 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
  • The i2010 strategy announced the intention to promote and support the creation of a European digital library which aims to foster growth in the information society and media industries. EDLnet was aimed at building a prototype of a cross-border, cross-domain, user-centred service. It was funded by the European Commission under its eContentplus programme, one of the research and development funding streams of i2010. The New Renaissance Report by Comite des Sages - about bringing Europe’s cultural heritage online - said ‘All public domain masterpieces should be brought into Europeana’ and that ‘Public funding for digitisation should be conditional on free accessibility through Europeana’.
  • T he governance of Europeana ensures integration and collaboration between the cultural heritage domains at the policy and strategy level. That has enabled Europeana to achieve the scale and scope of content realised to date. This list of the Board of Participants includes the chairs and presidents of all the international associactions for cultural heritage, giving Europeana stakeholder engagement at the highest level.
  • Europeana and the Battle of Waterloo

    1. 1. Europeana & the Battle of WaterlooWaterloo20019Mar2013, Brussels
    2. 2. What isEuropeana?
    3. 3. Vision:We believe in making cultural heritage openlyaccessible in a digital way, to promote theexchange of ideas and information. This helpsus all to understand our cultural diversity betterand contributes to a thriving knowledgeeconomy.
    4. 4. The Digital Agenda for Europe‘Europe has probably the worlds greatestcultural heritage. Digitisation brings cultureinto peoples homes and is a valuableresource for education, tourism, games,animation and the whole creative industry.Investing in digitisation will create newcompanies and generate new jobs.’Europeana is Europe’s ‘flagship digitisationproject’ and ‘one of Europe’s mostamibitious cultural projects, and asuccessful one. It is a trusted source for ourcollective memory and a representation ofEuropean cultural heritage online.’Neelie KroesEuropean CommissionVice-Presidentfor the Digital Agenda
    5. 5. Aggregated• 2200+ contentproviders• 142 aggregators• 26.9 million objects•Books, newspapers,journals, letters,diaries, archivalpapers•Paintings, maps,drawings,photographs•Music, spoken word,radio broadcasts•Film, newsreels,television•Curated exhibitions
    6. 6. Distributed• Portal• Mobile• Tablet• API• LOD
    7. 7. Strategic Plan 2011-2015 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
    8. 8.  Executive committee• Currently 8 members Board of participants• 20 organisations plus6 elected Network Officers Europeana Network• 532 members electthe 6 Network Officers Europeana Office• 40+ members of staff based inThe Hague and the UK Over a thousand people working on Europeana-relatedprojects, activities and Task Forces across EuropeEuropeana Structure
    9. 9. What does Europeanaprovide on the portal andfor distribution to otherportals or services?
    10. 10. Europeana metadata accesses:Portal interface available in 31 languages15.6m images10.6m texts454,000 sounds170,000 videos13,500 3D objects
    11. 11. What types of data does Europeana hold?Texts Images Video Sound 3D
    12. 12. Objects related to Battle of Waterloo
    13. 13. You should find something from each ofthe ‘belligerents’
    14. 14. Who providesthis content toEuropeana?
    15. 15. Who submits data to Europeana?Domain Aggregators National initiativesAudiovisualcollectionsNational AggregatorsRegional AggregatorsArchivesThematic collectionsLibrariese.g. MuséesLausannoise.g.CultureGrid,Culture.fre.g. TheEuropeanLibrarye.g. APEXe.g. EUScreen,European FilmGatewaye.g. Judaica Europeana,Europeana Fashion
    16. 16. Slide with bulletsFirst level• Second level• Third levelVia Public Collection Days
    17. 17. a life-saving Bible…
    18. 18. …a crucifix in a bottle…
    19. 19. …and a postcard
    20. 20. Europeana 1914-1918 – From concept to project 2008 - Oxford University & JISClaunch the Great War Archive 2010-2011 – Europeana, DNB &Oxford University launch ErsterWeltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten 2012-2014 – Europeana launcha series of initiatives acrossEurope
    21. 21. - posters- flyers- postcards
    22. 22. Munich and Stuttgart
    23. 23. Luxembourg
    24. 24. Great Britain, Preston
    25. 25. The mostsuccessfulroadshow so far,more than 600participants.Ireland, Dublin
    26. 26. Slovenia, Nova Gorica
    27. 27. Denmark, Sønderburg
    28. 28. Press launch in Berlin- A3 Posters- Folder- PostcardPR-CampaignEuropeana 1914-1918 in Germany
    29. 29. New Europeana Crowdsourcing campaign 2013-2014Europeana 1989Will run in the following countries:June 2013: PolandAugust 2013:Lithuania, Latvia and EstoniaOctober/ November 2013:Germany and Czech RepublicMay/June 2014: Hungary
    30. 30. Accessing and re-usingEuropeana data
    31. 31. How do users access Europeanacontent?Europeana aims to provide content in the users’ workflow –where they want it, when they want it.Europeana portal• e.g. via searches, virtual exhibitions, featured itemsProject portals/exhibitions• e.g. BHL- Poisonous Nature, Europeana FashionWebsites and apps using Europeana API – devised athackathons or independentlySocial media/blogs• e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Retronaut
    32. 32. Europeana API
    33. 33. Hackathons to develop innovative new apps:Art Space
    34. 34. Where/How can we collaborate?
    35. 35. Give you access to the material we have to create a website -APIUse your contacts to get more material –museums/archives/libraries?Community Collection? Maybe from museums? Via AntiqueRoad Show?Create Exhibition on Battle of Waterloo seeWork on mobile app or game via a HackathonConnect into House of European History
    36. 36. Give you access to the material we have to create a website -API
    37. 37. Community Collection? Maybe from museums? Via AntiqueRoad Show?
    38. 38. Slide with bulletsFirst level• Second level• Third level
    39. 39. Create Exhibition on Battle of Waterloo
    40. 40. Work on mobile app or game via a Hackathon
    41. 41. Hackathons to develop innovative new apps:Time Mash
    42. 42. Thank youJill
    43. 43. History of Europeana April 2005: Jacques Chirac wrote to European Commission PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso, recommending the creation of a virtualEuropean library EC’s Information Society and Media Directorate had been supportingEuropean digital information exchange projects for 15 years September 2005: publication of EC’s i2010 strategy on digital libraries 2007: European Digital Library Network – EDLnet – began buildingEuropeana, funded under i2010 November 2008: Europeana prototype launched Summer 2010: prototype became an operational service funded underthe EC’s CIP ICT-PSP (Competitiveness and Innovation FrameworkProgramme) January 2011: New Renaissance Report published - endorsesEuropeana as ‘the reference point for European culture online’ September 2012: Europeana metadata released under CC0 waiver,making it freely available for re-use
    44. 44. Europeana Foundation
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    46. 46. Europeana LicensingFramework