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You've Digitised. What Next ?

  1. 1. You’ve Digitised YourCollection. What Next ?8th SEEDI ConferenceZagreb, May 2013Alastair Dunning,The European Library@alastairdunning, alastair.dunning AT
  2. 2. •Europeana –•26m (Feb 2013) metadata records from 2,200 European galleries, museums, archives andlibraries•Books, newspapers, journals, letters, diaries, archival papers... Paintings, maps, drawings,photographs... Music, spoken word, radio broadcasts...•Only links to digitised content; 31 languages•Started in 2007•Based in National Library of Netherlands
  3. 3. •The European Library -•Centrally indexes 115m bibliographic records, plus 16m digital links•48 National Libraries of Europe•Plus 19 research libraries•Links to digitised content and bibliographic records at libraries•Started in 1990s - ‘Mother’ of Europeana. Now aggregates content for Europeana•Also hosted in National Library of Netherlands
  4. 4. * Plus Projects• Europeana Cloud - shared infrastructure for cultural heritage• Europeana Newspapers - improving and aggregating digitised newspapers• Arrow+ - facilitating copyright clearance• Cendari - archival descriptions related to World War One and Medivalmanuscripts
  5. 5. •Plenty of successful projects highlighted atprevious SEEDI conferences•This includes some highlights from previousFestivals of Croatian Digitisation
  6. 6. Digital Library of Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences
  7. 7. Digital Library of National and University Library of Croatia
  8. 8. Istrian Newspapers Online
  9. 9. •The ongoing sustainability of digitisedresources ... remains a problem.•Difficulties in maintaining hardware, andadding new content and functionality toexisting resources•Additionally, users are confronted with toomany isolated websites. Often, digitisedresources don’t achieve the exposure anduser numbers they could do.
  10. 10. •In the UK, this is illustrated by example oftwo digitisation programmes from 2000s•The Resource Enhancement Scheme and theNew Opportunities Fund DigitisationProgramme.•See Digitising the past: next steps for public-sector digitisation., 2009 In: DigitalInformation - Order Or Anarchy? FacetPublishing -
  11. 11. •So, what are the methods for increasingusage of digital resources?•After digitising, what next ?
  12. 12. 1) Ensure your web content is found byGoogle.The digital library JSTOR reckons it usageincreased by 20% when Google could indexJSTOR contentHaving stable web addresses (URLs) was vital
  13. 13. 2) Have clear licencing.Can a user use the digitised content inschool ? In a university lecture? In AppleiTunes ? Can it be edited ? Can it be usedcommerically ? How can it be re-used
  14. 14. Europeana wants as many of the digitised objects it links to to haveclear rights information.
  15. 15. The BritishLibrary gaveits medievalmanuscriptsimages aPublicDomainmark, thusallowing themaximumreusage
  16. 16. 3) Make accessing the data and content aseasy as possibleIs it easy for a user to get hold of the data ?Particularly, is the metadata easy todownload? Is it well documented ?
  17. 17. The Rijksstudio (part of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) allows easynon-commercial usage of high resolution images, and engaging tools tohelp with that
  18. 18. 4) Build an APIAllow others to build tools on top of yourcontent“The best idea for your using your content willbe thought of by someone else”
  19. 19. The Victoriaand AlbertMuseumwebsite hasa goodexample ofan API inpracticeThere isdocumentation as well
  20. 20. Europeana now offers its API for any usage. As of 2013, there are over70 documented uses.The European Library also offers an API
  21. 21. 6) Network. Work with organisations likeEuropeana and The European Library (TEL)For libraries, membership of TEL offers chanceto expose content and participate in newprojects
  22. 22. * Current Projects•Europeana Cloud - shared infrastructure for culturalheritage•Europeana Newspapers - improving andaggregating digitised newspapers•Arrow+ - facilitating copyright clearance•Cendari - archival descriptions related to WorldWar One and Medieval manuscripts
  23. 23. *New Project Ideas•Digitising material related to twentieth-centuryhistory•Connecting usage data, repositories of OA material,and research data•Other topics that can connect South East Europelibraries, users (and other organisations)•Work undertaken with EIFL•If you are interested, please contact me,alastair.dunning AT
  24. 24. * To summarise•Digitising and creating a website are not enough•Clear licencing, APIs, easy download and access areall needed•You need to offer our users different routes toyour content•Thanks !
  25. 25. * Other useful comments made during Questions• Need for good curators in selecting andcontextualsing content• Explore possibilities for iPad and other mobiledevices• Build networks with teachers and lecturers toincrease integration of content in education