Europeana Sounds: linking Europe's digital sound archives


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Presentation by Richard Ranft, Project Coordinator, at the British and Irish Sound Archives’ 2014 Conference in Dublin (Ireland), 16 May 2014.

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  • Includes BISA members -
    Irish Traditional Music Archives
    Tobar an Dualchis inc School of Scottish Studies
    British Library
  • 7 Work Packages - summarise
  • How might this work? Example from BL film competition
    Links with eCreative project
  • Inter-linked across formats, data providers
    Score following
  • Via David Haskiya (Europoeana) – very *initial* ideas for channels design in wireframe
  • David H’s slide
  • New data providers…
  • Launches 2 June 2-14
  • Europeana Sounds: linking Europe's digital sound archives

    1. 1. Linking Europe's digital sound archives Richard Ranft, The British Library British & Irish Sound Archives conference 16 May 2014, Fiontar, Dublin City University
    2. 2. Current scope of Europeana a single, direct, access point in 31 languages to European cultural heritage an aggregator of metadata records contributed by 2,300 cultural heritage institutions from all over Europe links to 30 million objects (books, paintings, sound recordings, videos, etc)
    3. 3. Europeana content From galleries, libraries, archives, museums, AV collections From all 28 EU member states, plus 7 other countries 18m images 11m texts 0.5m sounds 234,000 videos 15,000 3-D objects • Note: video, sound = 2.5% of total, but x10 accesses
    4. 4. New! Europeana Sounds: Will represent the fifth aggregation domain, alongside EFG, EUscreen, APEX, TEL. Will close the content gap for access to Europe’s digital culture Europeana Sounds project Many high-quality sounds in Europe's memory institutions - but access is fragmented and constrained
    5. 5. 6 Project outline  36 months: Feb 2014 – Jan 2017  gateway to Europe’s rich sound and music collections via Europeana channels  add 0.5m audio + 0.2m associated items (scores etc)  1m audio tracks on Europeana; enrich and link metadata  €6.1m total budget, 80% EC funded (€4.9m EC contribution)  funded by European Union’s ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme
    6. 6. Specific objectives  Double the number of audio items on Europeana, to >1m; additional 0.2m related items: scores, texts, images, videos  Use innovative methods to improve discovery and use by enriching and cross-linking metadata for 2m audio and related items  work with rights holders to unlock access to Europe’s audio heritage  create Europeana channels for audio and other content  improve Europeana’s technical infrastructure for aggregating time-based content  Disseminate the work of the network among end-users and other content providers  build a sustainable network of content providers (with IASA)
    7. 7. Project partners and wider network  24 funded partners from 12 member states  National libraries, specialist sound archives, Europeana, tech partners, non-profits  18 are data providers • work also with Internet Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, Historypin • Develop European section of IASA to ensure long-term sustainability
    8. 8. Data aggregation  Aggregate via MINT (Metadata Interoperability Services )  540,000 high-quality audio tracks; potential access to more ‘locked’ content  Full-length recordings  225,000 related items  Classical, contemporary, traditional music  Oral memories, languages, dialects  Natural sounds of Europe  12% for re-use
    9. 9. Example of audio re-use
    10. 10. Uniting cultural items BWV 870 JS Bach Well- Tempered Clavier - Prelude and Fugue in C major Manuscript score (Source: The British Library. Add.MS 35021 Audio recording (Source: recorded example from Europeana Helsinki City Library).
    11. 11. Playable, taggable, shareable, embeddable audio User playlists Semantically similar objects
    12. 12. Image: David Haskiya, Europeana
    13. 13. Project sustainability Establish Europeana task force within International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) to ensure longer-term sustainability in 7 key areas: • Acquisition and exchange • Documentation, metadata • Resource discovery and access • Copyright and ethics • Preservation and conservation • Research, dissemination, and publication • Expertise in digitisation of media content
    14. 14. Get involved @eu_sounds
    15. 15. New website (from 2 June)
    16. 16. More information Press releases in English, Irish, French, German, Latvia, Danish, Italian...
    17. 17. Stay tuned!Stay tuned!
    18. 18. and thanks for listening! @soundarchive @eu_sounds