Europeana Libraries: the value of a library domain aggregator
Europeana Libraries: whatis the value of a librarydomain aggregator?Susan Reilly (LIBER)LIBER 2012, Tartu
What’s on?• 4 networks and project• The big idea• Friends with benefits• Back to the future
Four networks and a project• Europeana Libraries is a 2-year • Mixture of content: project funded by the European Commission’s ICT-PSP programme • 3,319,045 pages• Will add over 5 million digital objects to Europeana • 598,130 books and theses• 19 research and university libraries are participating • 368,000 articles• Coordinated by The European • 848,078 images Library • 1,200 film and video clips • 34,000 mixed content objects
Four networks and a project Network libraries: LIBER, CERL, CENL Project: Europeana Libraries The European Library: the library aggregator for Europeana Europeana: Europes museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual aggregator
The big IdeaBring digital content from Europeannational and research librariesto the researcher
The big idea• Increasing amount of digital content in libraries• Change in research behaviour, increase in cross disciplinary research• Gap in provision of research infrastructure for the humanitiies• Shrinking library budgets and more pressure to show ROI
The big idea• All European cultural heritage available online by 2025 (Neelie Kroes)• All public domain masterpieces available in Europeana(Digital Agenda)• Cost= 10 billion per year over the next 10 years (Collections Trust)• Increase in Open Access and born digital content
• Growth in systematic collaboration• More complex research• Less time for research (occurs in bursts)• Some barriers: • Lack of linking between archives • Lack of standadisation of online databases and archives • Difficulties in data linking arising from the lack of standardisation, and the inconsistencies in quality, reliability, and functionality across different resources
The big idea• Source the content• Aggregate it• Improve it• Make it available in a meaningful way• And…… do all this in a sustainable manner
The big idea• A valuable resource for researchers with full-text search capabilities• A robust network of national and research libraries• An efficient sustainable aggregation model for research libraries across Europe This means developing the framework for a library domain aggregation service! !!!
Friends with benefits• Efficiency• Effectiveness• Visibility• Credibility
Friends with benefits• Research and National Libraries have worked together before…..But notthrough thesameaggregator….
Friends with benefits• Consultation & articulation of value proposition• Business Model• Business Plan
Friends with benefits• Enabling searching of bibliographic records of texts in hard copy and metadata for related digitised texts at the same time• Offering OCR services for providers’ digital content to support full text searching in the portal• Pushing the data out to otheracademic / research services• Providing access to universities’own digital repositories …and more?
Back to the future• Some hurdles • Do we really share a common vision? • What if research libraries don’t sign up to the service? • Can we ensure that researchers use the portal?
Back to the future• More content• More tools/services• More innovation• More contact with thereseach community
Back to the future• Service opened up to all research libraries• New project for new innovation and service • Europeana Newspapers www.europeananewspapers.eu • Europeana Cloud