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Europeana vision - Web as Literature 2013


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Presentation at the Web as Literature event (, British Library, June 10 2013

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Europeana vision - Web as Literature 2013

  1. 1. A Europeana VisionAntoine IsaacThe Web as LiteratureBritish Library, June 10, 2013
  2. 2. What isEuropeana?
  3. 3. Europe’s digital cultural networkMuseumsNational AggregatorsRegional AggregatorsArchivesThematic collectionsLibraries26M objects and 2,200 European galleries, museums, archives and libraries
  4. 4. What types of objects does Europeana gives access to?Text Image Video Sound 3D
  5. 5. What Europeana makes availableMetadataLink to digitalobjects online
  6. 6. How to access Europeana objects?Enabling access to content in users’ workflow portal Project portals and exhibitions Search engines Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…) Websites and apps using Europeana data independently
  7. 7. Europeana as infrastructure for re-useAvailable via API Search widgets Semantic mark-up ( on portal Linked Open Data pilot
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  9. 9. Linked & Open Data
  10. 10. Multiple providers, multiple aggregations
  11. 11. Functions of the new Europeana Data Model1. Distinguish a cultural object (painting, book) from its digitalrepresentations2. Distinguish the object from its metadata record3. Multiple descriptions for a same object4. Support for objects that are composed of other objects5. Compatible with different levels of descriptionGeneric/interoperable vs. specific/domain-centeredObject-centric and event-centric (CRM)1. Describe other resources (concepts, persons, places…)
  12. 12. A model for linking metadata• Links between objects within or across Europeana collections• Links to objects from external collections• Links to contextual resources• Resources described in Europeana or elsewhereProviders’ thesauri, gazetteers, vs. Geonames, GEMET, DBpedia• Links created by providers, Europeana, or third parties
  13. 13. Open metadataCC
  14. 14. Positioning Europeana as a data hubBenefits for providers, users and application developersHigher profile data - meaningful links between resources, not isolatedobjectsAuthority data - a trusted European reference set of cultural objectsUnified access - accessible from one place, using one data modelOpen accessNew Audience - more visibility for objectsNew Tools - contextualized data for innovative, more sophisticated tools
  15. 15. How can Europeanasupport scholarlyactivities?
  16. 16. We’ve got a lot of supply
  17. 17. But we need to be more demand-drivenContent sourcingWhich providers & collections to focus on?InteroperabilityWhich metadata profiles should Europeana align with?How and where to publish data?Data quality and curationWhich resources to link to?
  18. 18. Or maybe it would happen in related projects!CENDARI, ResearchSpaceHuNi
  19. 19. Also gatheringAlso gathering contentcontent•A centralized index of full-text resourcesOver 24 million pages of textual content, mostly from OCR•Will be expanded by Europeana NewspapersMore than 18 million pages
  20. 20. Europeana CloudResearchersIn particular for researchers inhumanities and social sciencesContent & Data
  21. 21. •Analyse how scholars work with data and perceive the valueof the content in Europeana•Build a platform extending the portal of The European Library•Propose tools for scholars to interact with the contentdiscover, access and analyze data, annotate, transcribe•Jointly with:• DARIAH - Network of arts and humanities researchers• CESSDA - Council of European Social Science Data ArchivesEuropeana Cloud goals
  22. 22. Beyond Infrastructure! Further Modeling the Scholarly DomainProf. Dr. Stefan Gradmann, Digital Humanities Seminar Leipzig, November 7Digitised Manuscripts toEuropeana (DM2E)Provide content to Europeana with a focus on digitisedmanuscriptsExplore usage scenarios of EDM in a specialised platform forhumanities research with specialised visualisation andreasoningRepresent in EDM the material worked on by researchers aswell as the provenance of the annotations they produce.
  23. 23. Example: annotationPundit @ DM2E project
  24. 24. Or perhaps there won’t be as much happening?#AllezCulture campaignDefend EU’s sustainable funding for the Europeana network
  25. 25. Thank youAntoine Isaac - slides from the Europeana OfficeAlastair Dunning, Nuno Freire (The European Library, Europeana Cloud)Stefan Gradmann (DM2E)