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Introduction to Europeana's relationship to researchers as part of eCloud prjoect


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Europeana and Researchers

Alastair Dunning (The European Library/ Europeana Foundation)Based in the National Library of the Netherlands / @europeana_cloud

Europeana relies on an ecosystem of aggregators and data providers to create its central index of metadata records

These records point to items of digitised content from Europes cultural heritage sector

Who submits data to Europeana?Domain AggregatorsNational initiativesAudiovisual collectionsNational AggregatorsRegional AggregatorsArchivesThematic collectionsLibrariese.g. Muses Lausannois

e.g. Culture Grid,

e.g. The European Librarye.g. APEXe.g. EUScreen, European Film Gatewaye.g. Judaica Europeana, Europeana Fashion

Countries providing content top 16

This creates an index of c.30m records.

These can be searched via the Europeana portal, via the API, and downloaded as freely available open data

Screneeshot of portal,

The European Library(sorry about confusing name) has 120m bibliographic records, drawn from 48 national libraries of Europe and >20 research libraries

This model of data aggregation (ie Europeanas content strategy) has strengths

Strong supply chainStrong networkStandarisation in licensing and metadata frameworks

This model of data aggregation (ie Europeanas content strategy) has weaknesses

Not demand drivenVarying qualities of metadataVery broad coverage but not very deep

Europeana is developing; becoming less of a portal and more of a platform for others to build tools on top of this index of recordsSomething that others can build tools on

The API (application programming interface) allows others to make more granular use of the 30m metadata records

Creates a shared infrastructure for aggregators (and in long-term cultural heritage institutions)

Combines metadata from Europeana, with that from The European Library (120m bibliographic records)

Gives opportunity to third parties to access, modify, enrich, download that metadata

eCloud is also experimenting with ingesting content (not just metadata)

The source of this data will be located during the project. It is likely to be out-of-copyright data

Full-text EasyishViewing (as opposed to hi-res) images - OkayAudio-visual Difficult

Building Europeana Research platform as part of the project.

Not as a search portal over all the data

But rather a suite of specific tools that allow better use and re-use of the metadata for the research community, specifically humanities and social sciences and access to specific content

Helping us define Europeana Research

How can we exploit this existing data better ?

What content should we ingest in the project ?

What disciplines should we concentrate on ?

What can we do pragmatically do within the project ?

What tools can be developed? 4 themes raised in proposal

Accessing and Analysing Big Data - permitting scholars to download, and therefore manipulate and analyse large data sets Annotation - allowing researchers to annotate documents and to share these annotations Transcription - allowing users to transcribe and interpret documents Discovery and Access - ensuring that services are tailored so that research material is better discoverable by the scholarly community

The Scholarly Primitives

What can we do short term and long term ?

Working with specific research projects to help themCrowdsourcing bibliographies, creating channels of content a unique ID for each piece of cultural heritage

Other Work Packages will help execute this work. WP3 is building experimental tools ; WP4 is ingesting content

But both of these Work Packages need advice on tools to build and content to ingest

Hence the work of Work Package and these Export Fora over to you

Project DetailsStart Date February 2013End Date January 2016Total Project Cost 4.75m EurosPartners - 33

EU Funding Contributing 3.8m Euros (80%)Matched Funding 950k (20k)

co-funded by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme - Project number 325091

the author is solely responsible for it and that it does not represent the opinion of the Community and that the Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained therein

*At a working level, we operate in a network of aggregators. We cant work directly with 2,200 organisations, so we rely on aggregators tocollect data, harmonise it, and deliver to Europeana.Aggregators are important because they share a background with the organisations whose content they bring together, so there is close understanding. The aggregation model enables Europeana to collect huge quantities of data from thousands of providers, through only a handful of channels.

*Germany 15.44%France 10.97%Netherlands 9.67%Sweden 9.44%Spain 9.98%UK 6.98%Norway 6.60%Italy 5.4%Ireland 4.04%Poland 4.02%Europe 3.95%Finland 2.95%Austria 2.05%Belgium 1.61%Hungary 1.26%