Europeana Inside – An IntroductionICT PSP Call 5 Project
VisionEuropeana Inside is a Best Practice network which aims to achieve a lastingtransformation in the quantity and scope of material contributed to Europeana byEuropean cultural institutions.We will do this by creating open-source tools which reduce or remove the legal,technical, financial and operational barriers to participation in aggregated servicesby cultural institutions.The Europeana Inside Network brings together world-leading cultural heritageinstitutions with global Collections Management System providers to provide acombination of sector and technical expertise.
Facts & Figures• EU-funded Best Practice Network• 28 Participants• 5 National & Thematic Aggregators• 12 Nations• 30 Months• 960,000 new records into Europeana• 4m Euro• Start date: 2nd April 2012http://www.europeanainside.eu
28 Participants…Collections Trust, UK Alexandros Soutzos Museum, GRKnowledge Integration Ltd, UK Mobydoc, FRStiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, DE IBBT, BE Hungarian National Museum, HUzetcom AG, DE Europeana Foundation, NLPostScriptum Info Architecture Ltd., GR Adlib Software Ltd, NLDigitaal Erfgoed Nederland, NL Länsmuseet Västernorrland, SESystem Simulation Ltd, UK Monguz, HUCatholic University of Leuven, BE Semantika, SL Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, BEMuseum of Fine Arts Budapest, HU SKINsoft ltd, FRKE Software Ltd. UK Benaki Museum, GRRoyal Museums of Art & History, BE House of Images, UKPetőfi Literary Museum, HU Município do Seixal, PORoger Layton Associates, South Africa British Museum, UK
12 Nations• Belgium• France• Germany• Greece• Hungary• Netherlands• Portugal• South Africa• Slovenia• Sweden• UK• US
MethodologyThis transformation will be achieved by developing and distributing open technicaltools (Europeana Connection Kits) in order to part-automate and simplify theprocess of transmitting content between Europeana and individual systems.In the process, we will develop prototype interfaces which enable culturalinstitutions to manage, at global, collection or individual asset level, the rights andpermissions associated with the distribution of digital cultural assets.The Europeana Connection Kits will be integrated into the Collections and DigitalAsset Management Systems of the participating software vendors, ensuring thattheir clients are able to participate in Europeana and related initiatives.
Objective 1To open up a significant critical-mass of new digital culturalcontent from European cultural institutions for delivery throughEuropeana
Objective 2To simplify significantly the process of contributing content toEuropeana for cultural institutions and aggregators of all scalesand types throughout Europe,
Objective 3To help cultural institutions and aggregators overcome theorganisational, technical, legal and financial barriers toparticipation by part-automating the workflow by which content ismade available to Europeana, and creating tools for themanagement of permissions and licensing
Objective 4To build on the framework of standards and protocols establishedunder previous Europeana projects by ensuring that current andfuture generations of Collections and Digital Asset ManagementSoftware are ‘Europeana-ready
Objective 5To support metadata enrichment in Content Provider systems (andthereby deliver value to participating organisations and their users)by creating a channel for enhanced content to flow back fromEuropeana as the central domain aggregator and point of access tolocal systems.
Project OverviewMuseum Museum Collections Management Library System Europeana Library Connection Kits Archive Digital Asset Management System Archive AV Archive Enriched metadata Content providers Technical partners Aggregators
Other PartnersWe anticipate that there will be other cultural institutions and technicalproviders wishing to participate in Europeana Inside, but who are notparticipants in (or recipients of funding from) the project.We actively welcome participation from other partners, particularly frommember institutions of the Europeana Network and from technical providersworking with museums, archives and libraries.If you are interested in participating in Europeana Inside, please contact GordonMcKenna, Collections Trust’s International Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
ContactGordon McKennaInternational Development ManagerCollections TrustWC209 Natural History MuseumCromwell RoadLondonSW7 5BDwww.europeanainside.eu