Sharing Cultural Heritage Online with LoCloud: workshop

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Local Content in the Europeana Cloud Kate Fernie, 2Culture AssociatesLoCloud is funded by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme

Sharing Cultural Heritage Online with LoCloud: workshopDigital Heritage, 1st October, 2015Granada, Spain

Ple de la Mmoire Locale du Bourgeais (Bourg, France) CC-BY-NC-NDOur journey

Best practice network funded by the EU under the CIP ICT PSP programme1st March 2013 to 29th February 2016 33 partners in 26 countriesScientific coordinator: National Archives, NorwayProject management: 2Culture Associates, UKStrong group of technical partners National and regional aggregation services, and individual content providers

Our partners work with large numbers of local museums, libraries, archives and independent collections with an enormous amount of interesting content which is increasingly available online.Spanish football with Kubala as coach (between 1974 and 1983)from Pontevedra Public Library and Asturian Library, Public Domain



To add over 4 million digital resources from small and medium-sized cultural institutions to EuropeanaTo make it easier for small/medium institutions to make good quality content available Increase the amount of local history and heritage resources available to Europeana users Enable more views of content relating to localities for education, tourism, creativity and more

Main project goals

EuropeanaA huge online database of information about cultural content held by European cultural heritage institutionsA network of organisations and expertiseA catalyst for new services

Statue of Apollo Curium under repair, Cyprus Unversity of Technology It can seem like heavy lifting

Project activitiesSupporting cultural institutions in making their content available to EuropeanaCreating technical solutions suitable for smaller institutionsExploring the potential of cloud-computing technologiesCreating metadata enrichment servicesProviding support, guidance and training

Skaters CC-BY-NCJavni Zavod Republike Slovenije za Varstvo Kulturne Dediscine

Based on the open source Omeka systemAllows users to publish digital objects on-line in a few minutesScalable, user friendly, with OAI-PMH interface Provides storage for metadata and content in various formatsIncorporates web traffic analyticsCloud-based Developed by PSNCLoCloud Collections


Where?Piper's Crag, West Yorkshire. Carved Stone Investigations: Rombalds Moor (CSIRM) What?When? Cloud-based micro-services for metadata enrichment and capture: WhereGeo-location Historic Place Names serviceGeo-coding applicationWhatVocabulary serviceVocabulary matching service Background linking serviceEnriching records

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Institutions can upload metadata records to add geographic coordinates using place name gazettersCan be used in crowd-sourcing environmentsEnriched data loaded back into the original databases.

Many local historical archives relate to places whose names changed in modern timesThe Historic Place Names Service enables local cultural institutions to collaborate in developing a thesaurusFor use in enriching metadata recordsHistoric Place Name Service

Sebastian Munster. Europa Regina, Cosmographia, Basel, 1570, [].

Que? LoCloud Vocabulary service is based in TemaTresIncorporates 29 standard thesauri available as Linked Open DataAllows users to add and create vocabulariesadd terms to vocabulariesadd translationsEnrich their records

Wolf Skull and Child, Co. Cavan, Ireland, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

Core infrastructure to aggregate the metadata from our partners and provide to Europeana:

MINTMetadata mapping and ingestionMORe aggregator frameworkMetadata harvesting, validation and enrichmentUser-friendly interface for data providersAggregator

Integrates the microservices

LoCloud support portal includesuser and technical documentationeLearning materialsQuestion-and-Answer serviceAccess to a ticket desk systemVideos!

Journeys end or new beginnings?LoCloud has developed services and aggregation infrastructure in the cloud for local cultural institutions to publish their content online and to supply it to EuropeanaOver to our partners

Cluj in the second half of the 20thcentury, Public Domain

Thank you!

LoCloud is funded by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.



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