Europeana Cloud:Unlocking Europe’s Researchvia The Cloud
Best Practice Network1 Feb 2013-31 Jan 20164.7 M €
1. 1.1m new metadata records and 5m researchfocussed items2. cloud based infrastructure3. legal, strategic and economic issues4. broad consensus on the advantages of acloud based solution5. digital platform, named Europeana Research6. tools and services for researchers that permitinnovative research that exploits digitisedcontent in Europeana.
Pam is a 29 year old postdoc working at the department of history andphilosophy of science at the University of Cambridge (UK). She has a Master’sdegree in Computer Science and in Philosophy, both obtained at the Universityof Edinburgh (Scotland). In her doctoral dissertation Pam studied thephilosophy of mathematics of the eighteenth-century mathematician LeonardEuler. At Cambridge, Pam is part of an ERC-Starting Grant Project that aims toprovide a comprehensive overview of the history of 18th and 19th centuryphilosophy of mathematics. For her research, it is essential that Pamcollaborates intensively with philosophers, historians and mathematicians fromdifferent European research units. She and her partners require easy access tohistorical documents and wish to collaboratively study such documents. Apartfrom doing her research, Pam also teaches an annual course on the history ofmathematics at Cambridge.Pam knows a lot about existing ICT tools and methods that can help with herresearch. Thanks to her efforts, her research group and various Europeanpartners use project managment software (Basecamp) to coordinate projects,they use reference managers (Mendeley) to create shared bibliographies, andthey compile large databases using digital resources obtained via Europeana,Google Books, archive.org and other online repositories.
Pam and one of her colleagues working at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) decide to write a joint paper on the reception ofEuler’s mathematical works at the end of the 18th century, focusing inparticular on the work of Immanuel Kant. They decide to use TEXTUS inorder to share, study and collaboratively annotate historical documentsthat are relevant for their paper. Through their contacts at Duisburg-Essen, they obtain plain-text files of Kant’s published writings. Afteruploading these writings, they use TEXTUS to identify, annotate anddiscuss passages within the Kantian corpus that concern mathematicaltopics. Through sharing their annotations with other project partnersand interested researchers, they further obtain valuable informationand references that help them in writing their paper.Apart from using TEXTUS for research purposes, Pam also uses the toolwhile teaching her undergraduate course. Students following her courseare supposed to study historical texts by collaboratively commenting onthese texts. They also have to correct and grade each othersannotations. Pam notices that by working in this manner her studentsfind it easier to read and understand scientific and philosophical texts.
• what content is relevant for DM2E?– already in Europeana or not (yet)?• what tools are relevant for DM2E?– yours, ours and other– how & what to visualize?– how & what to be aware of?– how & what to annotate?• how can we involve DM2E users?• how can we evaluate with DM2E?– usability?– usefulness?• what else should we worry about?