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Europeana and Researchers


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Introduction to Europeana's relationship to researchers as part of eCloud prjoect

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Europeana and Researchers

  1. 1. Europeana and Researchers Alastair Dunning (The European Library/ Europeana Foundation) Based in the National Library of the Netherlands #cloud_EU / @europeana_cloud
  2. 2. Europeana relies on an ecosystem of aggregators and data providers to create its central index of metadata records These records point to items of digitised content from Europe’s cultural heritage sector
  3. 3. Who submits data to Europeana? Domain Aggregators National initiatives Libraries National Aggregators e.g. Culture Grid, e.g. The European Library Regional Aggregators Archives e.g. APEX Audiovisual collections e.g. EUScreen, European Film Gateway Thematic collections e.g. Musées Lausannois e.g. Judaica Europeana, Europeana Fashion
  4. 4. Countries providing content – top 16
  5. 5. This creates an index of c.30m records. These can be searched via the Europeana portal, via the API, and downloaded as freely available open data
  6. 6. Screneeshot of portal,
  7. 7. The European Library (sorry about confusing name) has 120m bibliographic records, drawn from 48 national libraries of Europe and >20 research libraries
  8. 8. This model of data aggregation (ie Europeana’s content strategy) has strengths Strong supply chain Strong network Standarisation in licensing and metadata frameworks
  9. 9. This model of data aggregation (ie Europeana’s content strategy) has weaknesses Not demand driven Varying qualities of metadata Very broad coverage but not very deep
  10. 10. Europeana is developing; becoming less of a portal and more of a platform for others to build tools on top of this index of records Something that others can build tools on The API (application programming interface) allows others to make more granular use of the 30m metadata records
  11. 11. Creates a shared infrastructure for aggregators (and in long-term cultural heritage institutions) Combines metadata from Europeana, with that from The European Library (120m bibliographic records) Gives opportunity to third parties to access, modify, enrich, download that metadata
  12. 12. eCloud is also experimenting with ingesting content (not just metadata) The source of this data will be located during the project. It is likely to be out-ofcopyright data Full-text – Easyish Viewing (as opposed to hi-res) images - Okay Audio-visual – Difficult
  13. 13. Building Europeana Research platform as part of the project. Not as a search portal over all the data But rather a suite of specific tools that allow better use and re-use of the metadata for the research community, specifically humanities and social sciences and access to specific content
  14. 14. Helping us define Europeana Research How can we exploit this existing data better ? What content should we ingest in the project ? What disciplines should we concentrate on ? What can we do pragmatically do within the project ?
  15. 15. What tools can be developed? 4 themes raised in proposal Accessing and Analysing Big Data - permitting scholars to download, and therefore manipulate and analyse large data sets Annotation - allowing researchers to annotate documents and to share these annotations Transcription - allowing users to transcribe and interpret documents Discovery and Access - ensuring that services are tailored so that research material is better discoverable by the scholarly community
  16. 16. The Scholarly Primitives
  17. 17. What can we do short term and long term ? Working with specific research projects to help them Crowdsourcing bibliographies, creating channels of content … a unique ID for each piece of cultural heritage
  18. 18. Other Work Packages will help execute this work. WP3 is building experimental tools ; WP4 is ingesting content But both of these Work Packages need advice on tools to build and content to ingest Hence the work of Work Package and these Export Fora … over to you
  19. 19. Project Details Start Date – February 2013 End Date – January 2016 Total Project Cost – 4.75m Euros Partners - 33 EU Funding Contributing 3.8m Euros (80%) Matched Funding 950k (20k) co-funded by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme CIP-ICT-PSP-2012-6 - Project number 325091 the author is solely responsible for it and that it does not represent the opinion of the Community and that the Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained therein