The European Library


Published on

Presentation on the The Europeana Library ( given at the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) 2012 conference in Newcastle

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

The European Library

  1. 1. 1
  2. 2. The European Library Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager @alastairdunning, RLUK Conference, Newcastle November 2
  3. 3. europeana carareict-psp programme apexthe european library connecting europe faciliopen aire eu digital agendamanuscriptorium ese / edm Text put your hands up if ... 3
  4. 4. europeana carareict-psp programme apexthe european library connecting europe faciliopen aire eu digital agendamanuscriptorium ese / edm Text put your hands up if ... 3
  5. 5. europeana carareict-psp programme apexthe european library connecting europe faciliopen aire eu digital agendamanuscriptorium ese / edm Text put your hands up if ... 3
  6. 6. previously worked at jisc, as programmemanager for the content teamdid not know much about the ‘europeanscene’was perhaps a smidgen innocent. i had nohands up. 4
  7. 7. euro headlines 5
  8. 8. um, does it not say alastair dunning,europeana on the agenda ? do you notwork in the europeana offices in thenational library of the netherlands ? 6
  9. 9. and all these names ... !europeana.the european digital library.the european library. 7
  10. 10. europeana.the european digital librarythe european library. 8
  11. 11. european film gateway helpful list ofeuropeana inside europeanaeuropeana fashion projects - Pro Europeanaeuropeana cheese website 9
  12. 12. let me explain. 10
  13. 13. sidenote: anyonenaming an onlineresource shouldread ClaireWarwick et al;Whats in a Name ?(2006) 11
  14. 14. europeana is at the centre of a largeecosystem of european, national projects,services and aggregators. 12
  15. 15. each of these projects and aggregatorscollect metadata relating to ‘europeancultural heritage’.the metadata is mapped to the europeanadata model (edm) and then harvested byeuropeana 13
  16. 16. National Museums Aggregator Libraries Film & Sound NationalAggregator Europeana Archaeological Heritage Other Archives Cultural Heritage
  17. 17. allegedly, the original idea of europeanawas to provide a european version ofgoogle. 15
  18. 18. !! 16
  19. 19. while europeana maintains a shiny portal,its focus is really on its CC0 linked datastore and its is part of the eu digital agenda topromote creativity and growth 17
  20. 20. but it needs to maintain the ecosystem thataggregates the metadata (and, in thefuture, content) . 18
  21. 21. BNF Belgian National Library British Library and another 43 national libraries National The Aggregato European University of Oxford Library Trinity College Dublin and metadata fromanother 17 research libraries Culture Grid (UK) Europ
  22. 22. the european library, part of this ecosystem, is actually a little older. 20
  23. 23. various projects have supported it since thelate brought european national librariestogether via cenl * 21
  24. 24. funded and governed by national librariesit created a shared european catalogue.the european library acted as theforerunner of europeana 22
  25. 25. the european library aggregates andmakes the bibliographic datasets of the 48national libraries also ingests metadata for digitisedcontentclustering workflow identifies similar works.the combined dataset is enriched via viaf*and other sources. 23
  26. 26. the european library offers a portal tosearch this european bibliographyits api gives access to the open dataset will be released as CC0early next year.the european library works on severalprojects as well. 24
  27. 27. cendari - tracing local archives, librariesrelated to ww1 and medieval eranewspapers - aggregating full text ofhistoric newspapersdiggicore - tracing citations in full text ofOA repositories 25
  28. 28. regia - medieval manuscriptsarrow - tracing copyright ownersresearch libraries - bringing researchlibraries into the european library 26
  29. 29. cloud - building an infrastructure to shareand enrich metadata and content ability for research community to build tools on top of this content building a research ‘view’ on content not just from libraries but other cultural heritage institutions as well. 27
  30. 30. the focus has been on metadata fromnational librariesbut the european library is now beginningto work with research libraries to do similarthingsaggregate metadata / make it available indifferent ways / work on projects 28
  31. 31. the european library has been in informaldiscussion with rluk about membershipindividual research libraries can join asmembersmuch more cost-efficient for consortia tojoin 29
  32. 32. an opportunity to share metadata on allkinds of content, in different formatsan opportunity to expose hiddencollections metadata / and digitisedcollections.increasingly, a chance to aggregate full textwith the new research possibilities thisoffers 30
  33. 33. an opportunity to highlight the collectinginstitution as well.this is the rationale for abes*, the frenchlibrary consortium. 31
  34. 34. a method of participating in EU projects 32
  35. 35. the ‘connecting europe facility’ aims toprovide 300m in funding for the europeanaeco-system from 2014 - 2020 (*)significant funding for digital libraryprojects 33
  36. 36. 34
  37. 37. the european library has significant expertise inpreparing and executing project proposalsthe 2013 psp-ict programme will also havefunding for digital libraries 35
  38. 38. chance to build on ‘hidden collections’reportretro-cataloguing can be unattractive tofundersbut the technologies to create andenhance metadata are more likely to befundeda pan-european approach to projects isalso attractive to other funders 36
  39. 39. but the technologies to create andenhance metadata are more likely to befundeda pan-european approach to projects isalso attractive to other funders 37
  40. 40. to concludethe european library has a specific role inaggregating / presenting / distributingsharing, enrich metadata and content at aninternational levelvia both its services and project 38
  41. 41. 39
  42. 42. 40
  43. 43. But the focus has been on• 48 National Libraries• Bibliographic data• Europeana Libraries project (2011-2) began working with research libraries and research content• How do we include Research Libraries at a service level ? 41
  44. 44. New(ish) forms created in digital researchlibraries• Research datasets• OA journal articles (and monographs)• Digitisation of special collections• Theses• Mass book digitisation• Grey literature• Digitised special collections (anddescriptions)• Open Educational Resources 42
  45. 45. Plenty of other significant players in thisfield• OCLC World Cat• Google Book Search• Google Scholar• Microsoft Research• Hathi Trust• arXiv, Cessda, PubMed Central, DARIAH• Open-AIRE (Driver), BASE 43
  46. 46. Special Collections “… as non unique and common research material becomes more accessible online, often without the need for library mediation (e.g. Google Books), the salience of Unique and Distinctive Collections grows stronger still. They can attract researchers and research funding, and enhance the institution’s extramural reputation … a valuable asset.” (RLUK Unique and Distinctive Collections Project) 44
  47. 47. Special Collection descriptions“To be used effectively Unique and Distinctive Collections must be visible and their contents discoverable. Their existence needs to be promoted. Collection level descriptions need to be widely disseminated. At item level full online cataloguing is usually essential; often more detailed indexing may be necessary in the case of specialist materials and discovery of content.” (RLUK Unique and Distinctive Collections Project) 45
  48. 48. Special Collection descriptions Many collections are not known to networks of research communities TEL can provide a point for item and collection descriptions of special collections Can do this within a European context, ie shared with similar collection descriptions of other libraries Provides greater institutional awareness as well 46
  49. 49. Digitised Collections However, descriptions not enough … access to full-text (or digitised item) is taken as the norm. Therefore, where materials are digitised, TEL offers opportunity to aggregate on a large scale Not just special collections - books and newspapers Again, this can help with discovery and provide link back to original library Two examples – manuscripts / newspapers 47
  50. 50. 48
  51. 51. 49
  52. 52. Digitised Collections Aggregations of full text also give opportunity for new research uses Digital Humanities are galvanised by existence of such corpora Multiple methodologies in linguistics, geography, literature, history to exploit such text Related opportunities for enriching texts – annotation, entity recognition, crowdsourcing etc. Working with research libraries, TEL can provide aggregation Developing relationship with related projects 50
  53. 53. A European research platform Europeana Cloud project (2013-5) puts some of this into practice • Ability for contributing partners to share and retrieve content within a common space (‘a cloud’) • Ability for research community to build tools on top of this content • Europeana Research platform, led by TEL Utilising Europeana networks and position as part of ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ 51
  54. 54.  But special collections are far from a library’s only contents. TEL will aggregate any metadata from research library. Exposing aggregated data as linked data and via an API Exposing data via other sources (EBSCO, ProQuest, ExLibris) Aggregating full text also feasible 52
  55. 55.  Opportunity to create links between different formats from different sources – digitised book and OA article Opportunity to create ‘views’ specific for different subject areas, particularly humanities and social sciences Exploring relationship between citation patterns (DiggiCore project) Dependent on further work on metadata development and semantic enrichment 53
  56. 56. In practice … Sustainability ... Inviting Research Libraries to join TEL Exposing / linking to their metadata / content / institutional holdings Asking Research Libraries via CERL and LIBER to contribute to TEL strategy Exploiting the aggregation of digitised material – not just bibliographic records Development of Europeana Cloud project A Europeana Research platform 54