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  1. 1. Europeana Rio de Janeiro, September 11th, 2009 Bram van der Werf, Technical Director EDL Foundation Digital Access to Cultural Heritage,
  2. 2. Agenda
    • A brief overview of Europeana
    • Demo
    • Organisation
    • The Europeana Prototype
    • Open Source Development
  3. 3. The vision of 2006
    • A common multilingual access point would make it possible to search Europes distributed that is to say, held in different places by different organisations digital cultural heritage online.
    European Union Communiqu August 2006
      • 2008: a prototype with >= 2 million digital objects; multilingual; searchable and usable; work towards including archives
      • 2010: an operational service (version1)with >= 10 million digital objects; including also museums and private initiatives
  5. 5. 2009-2011, the making of Europeana Version1
    • Contribution to the prototype on the basis of willing institutions. Contracts for metadata sharing and reuse in Europeana v1
    • The first release in July 2010 will integrate API's for interactions with other applications
    • Second release in April 2011
    • Open source sandbox and R&D infrastructure in place for partners projects in March 2010
    • ESE (Europeana Semanic Element) is the only metadata set used until July 2010. Implementation of more sophisticated object model will be prototyped until July 2010 to prepare its integration in the second release.
  6. 6. single access point to European digital cultural heritage
    • Prototype proof of concepts
      • Discover and browse the digital cultural heritage of the 27 European countries
      • Increase the visibility of the digitisation efforts across four domains: Archives, Audio visual archives, Libraries, Museums
      • Agreement on standards facilitating interoperability
      • Services to general users on the Web
    • Europeana v1: Open functional architecture and standards facilitating
      • A contribution/distribution business model: as a facilitator for cultural institutions
      • Moderated user generated content
      • Semantic Web
  7. 23. Access to culture for all & Barriers brought down
    • Cross domain cooperation
    • Sustainable Governance
    • Ministry backing
    • Open Source Development
    • Funding for operational service
    • Europeana Office
  8. 24. Europeana now
    • 5 million items
    • 150 content providers
    • 5 Aggregators
    • Agreed Governance
    • Most material free of copyright
    • Material in copyright uses payment mechanisms of providers
    • Copyright compliance seen to be responsibility of provider
    • Public domain abuse
    • User generated input and content excluded
  9. 25. Europeana in 2 years
    • 15 million items
    • 150 partners
    • 15 Aggregators
    • More in copyright material
    • Payment mechanisms of providers = user nightmare
    • Copyright compliance still responsibility of provider but stronger policing & awareness necessary Aggregators
    • Content reuse feasible
    • Public domain abuse addressed
    • UGI and UGC in place
    • Persistent identifiers the norm
  10. 26.
    • Builds network
    • Pushes towards aggregation
    • Maintains Prototype
    • Glue for projects
    • Works on sustainable financing
    • Works on licensing and public domain charter
    • 10 million items by 2010
    • Europeana v1.0 operational service June 2010
    • Surrogate model
    • Reuse Policy
    Europeana v1.0
  11. 27. Technical requirements
    • Digitised object available on a website at the object level through a permanent direct link
      • To the object and/or the object in context
      • To a thumbnail or a sample
    • Metadata at the digitised object level following the metadata elements set defined by Europeana for the general interface
      • Qualified Dublin Core (at the moment only simple DublinCore Indexed and displayed)
      • Preferably exposed for harvesting on an OAI PMH server
  12. 28. Metadata ingestion
    • Metadata in XML from trusted institutions.
      • Harvested OAI PMH, FTP, DVD.
    • Transformation into ESE Dublin Core made by the Office that we would like to be done by the providers (already aggregated)
    • Set of tools developed that will be made available to partners in the Europeana test environment
      • Analysis tool of the structure received
      • Normalisation generating the additional management data
      • Indexing
    • The Thought Lab semantic search engine also demonstrates that full original records are important to prepare the future
  13. 29. Projects helping the aggregation to dateNL 1NL 2NL 3 Trebleclef PrestoPrime IMPACT STERNA EDL National Digital Library ACE Film Archive X Eurbica National Archive 1 MICHAEL CENL Museum X Archive X National Archive 2 Film Archive 1 Film Archive 2 Film Archive 3 National Archive 3 Library X Museum AArchive ALibrary A FIAT Television Archive 1 Television Archive n IASA Sound Archive 1 Sound Archive n ICOM Europe Museum 1 Museum 2 The European Library VideoActive ATHENA APE net EFG, CulturaItalia BAM, CIMECetc Europeana Local
  14. 30. Current projects
    • Europeana Local
        • Is an aggregator(no portal).Helps local and regional museums, archives, audio visual collections and libraries to bring their content to
    • EFG
        • Is a portal. Creates European Film Gateway (a portal) and makes more film accessible to Europeana.
        • Is an aggregator(no portal).Helps museums bring their content to
    • APEnet
        • Is a portal. Creates European Archives Portal and makes more archives accessible to Europeana.
    • PrestoPrime
        • Is a network of excellence for the preservation of audio visual archives and will deliver content to Europeana.
    • STERNA
        • Semantic, web based thematic European reference network application building a distributed digital library focussing on natural science, natural history, and biodiversity material .
  15. 31. Forthcoming Projects
    • BHL Europe
        • Improves the interoperability of Europes biodiversity heritage libraries by introducing common standards and creates a portal to facilitate the search for taxa specific biodiversity information. It will give access to relevant content through Europeana. Begins in 2009
    • EU Screen
        • Will work towards standardisation in the audio visual sector and provide solutions to achieve interoperability in the sector. It will develop long term solutions to rights issues.Is a portal and gives access to the material also through Europeana.Begins September 2009
    • Europeana Travel
        • Overall objective to digitise content on the theme of travel and tourism for Europeana from Europes national and research libraries.Begins in 2009.
    • MIMO Musical Instrument Museums Online
        • Digitises content and creates a common access portal for musical instruments.MIMO also gives access to its content through Europeana. Begins 2009.
    • JUDEICA Jewish Urban Digital European Integrated Cultural Archive
        • Identifies content in European Institutions demonstrating the jewish contribution to the cities of Europe.Content will be digitised & accessible through Europeana. Begins 2009.
  16. 32. The Europeana Universe of Projects 2009 NL 1NL 2NL 3 Trebleclef PrestoPrime IMPACT BHL MIMO Europeana Connect Judeica Europeana Travel EUScreen STERNA EDL National Digital Library ACE Film Archive X Eurbica National Archive 1 MICHAEL CENL Museum X Archive X National Archive 2 Film Archive 1 Film Archive 2 Film Archive 3 National Archive 3 Library X Museum AArchive ALibrary A FIAT Television Archive 1 Television Archive n IASA Sound Archive 1 Sound Archive n ICOM Europe Museum 1 Museum 2 The European Library VideoActive ATHENA APEnet EFG ACE CulturaItalia BAM CIMECetc EuropeanaLocal
  17. 33. Europeana the current prototype
    • The Europeana prototype is a proof-of-concept environment to:
      • Validate candidate technologies for the first production release with regards to searching, aligning semantics in a multidimensional content space, cross-lingual and cross-cultural information retrieval
      • Get hands on experience with ingesting and mapping a plethora of: metadata formats, languages, controlled vocabularies, etc.
      • Start building a pan-european network of content aggregators and cultural heritage partners
      • Validate strategies to guarantee future scalibility, maintainability, agility and extensibility of the Europeana business model.
  18. 34. Open Source & Sharing Code inEuropeanaLabs
    • EuropeanaLabs!
    • A development infrastructure with test-suites of high quality data for creating, testing and evaluating innovative solutions for Europeana
      • Development environment for rapid prototyping
      • Large high quality data collection
      • Sandboxes for experimenting prototypes on real data for
        • Effectiveness
        • Efficiency
      • and benchmarking for
        • Scalability
    Carlo Meghini
  19. 35.
    • Facilitates Innovation
      • Open and state of the art development infrastructure
    • Shares best practises and knowledge
      • WIKIs, White Papers, Forums
    • Competing technology solutions in the sandboxes
      • Prevent duplication in Research&Development
      • Promote co-operation and co-ordination
    May 2009,
  20. 36. SUMMARY
    • A brief overview of Europeana
        • Context & planning
    • Demo
        • Searching for culture
    • Organisation
        • European perspective
    • The Europeana Prototype
        • What it is today
    • Open Source Development
        • The making of Europeana
  21. 37. Thank you! Bram van der Werf,Technical Director EDL Foundation Digital Access to Cultural Heritage,[email_address]