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Towards a European digital library. Activities of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) Dr. Britta Woldering, Dr. Jill Cousins. CENL has members from (almost) every member country of the Council of Europe and Vatican City: 47 members from 45 countries was established in 1987 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Towards a European digital libraryActivities of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)Dr. Britta Woldering, Dr. Jill Cousins

    MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006

  • CENL

    has members from (almost) every member country of the Council of Europe and Vatican City:47 members from 45 countrieswas established in 1987is a foundation under Dutch law INGO enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe

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  • CENL activitiesAnnual board meetingsWorking groups on electronic publications (with FEP)performance evaluationpersistent identifiersdigital contentJoint projectsTELTEL-ME-MOREuropean digital library project

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  • Digitisation of contentCENL promotes a cooperative and widespread approach to digitisationCENL promotes new models of collaboration with the private sector, publishers and other right holdersOnline accessibility CENL is a key player in the European digital library InitiativeCENL creates The European Library as model platform for multilingual accessibility of Europe's cultural heritage Digital preservation CENL and National Libraries are stewards of national collections and cultural heritageCENL and National Libraries ensure long-term preservation and access to digital material.

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  • Growth of The European Library

    red: TEL founders

    yellow: new in 2005

    green: TEL-ME-MOR

    orange: new in 2006

    blue: EDL

    white: rest of CENL members

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  • EU VisionAcross Museums, Archives, Libraries initially then other data or audio or visual repositories in the cultural heritage arenaCentres of Competence

    Centres of CompetenceAccess

    DigitisationPreservation

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  • EU Vision in writing.from the Council of the European Union press release

    Underlinesthe instrumental work done at European level by CENL:In organising & creating The European Library as a gateway to the collective resources of national libraries across EuropeIn carrying this work forward towards the creation of the European Digital Librarythe work ongoing in the Michael & Michaelplus projects in describing and linking collections of museums, libraries and archives from different Member states and providing access to these collections.that future work should be based on these and related initiatives, towards the goal of achieving a balanced cooperation between libraries, museums and archives

    Build on what we have but be open to new ways and new ideas nothing is set in stone!

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  • MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006

  • MICHAEL International Conference Rome 5-6 Dec 2006

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  • European Digital LibraryEuropean Cultural Heritage in a click

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  • In this timescaleEnd 2006 full collaboration among EU national libraries.

    From 2007 collaboration to be expanded to archives and museums.

    2,000,000 books, films, photographs, manuscripts, and other cultural works accessible by 2008

    At least 6,000,000 works by 2010

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  • Current state of play - www.TheEuropeanLibrary.orgAccess

    Free cross-border, multi-lingual access to digital & non-digital items from 23 of the 47 National LibrariesUses protocols in situ: 0AI, Z39:50 etc to search at item level across all the national libraries.Imposes language, metadata & Collection description standards for interoperabilityEDLproject adds 9 more libraries so minimum 32 by end of 2007Uses inexpensive client side architecture available as open source.2 million digitised itemsMarket to universities, research institutes, libraries, governments, learned societies and schools worldwide

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  • Steps to the European Digital LibraryProject BriefReview of funding at our disposalCreation of project proposalsEuropean Digital Library Office

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  • Funding & PlanningProjects

    Live

    TelMeMorEDL Project

    In Proposal

    TELplusEDLnet

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  • Brings in remaining 9 EU & EFTA countries: Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden.

    But also:Creates a European Metadata RegistryUses log file analysis to determine user needExtends multilingual capability of the workPromotes OAIStarts process of developing the European digital library

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  • Pieces of the European digital library PuzzleCITERMichaelThe European Library

    European Schoolnet

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  • TELPlus ProposalEstonian National Library & Eremo circa 7.5MOCRing of previously digitised material Czech Rep. OAI PMH compatibility Portugal. Improves accessibility full text indexing & automatic mapping between multilingual subject indexes - FranceCreates generic module to integrate other services e.g. searching in thesauri, annotation - NetherlandsUser Personalisation - ItalyAdds Bulgaria and RomaniaIf successful will start around May 2007

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  • EDLnet ProposalJoint proposal led by Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The European Library) & Eremo for CENL circa 1.3 MHuman & Political InteroperabilityGovernance, Organisational Structure, a Roadmap and eventually the Business Model

    Technical & Semantic InteroperabilityPrototypes of possible architectures, creating solutions for various interoperability issues of access, metadata schemas, language, search and display

    Users for usability.

    Run by a European Digital Library Office in parallel with The European Library

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  • Working Collaboratively

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  • European digital libraryDr. Britta Woldering & Dr. Jill Cousins

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    Good afternoon, dear colleagues, I would like thank the MICHAEL leaders for inviting Jill Cousins and me to present the activities of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), especially The European Library service, to you.The Director General of the German National Library, Elisabeth Niggemann, is the Chair of CENL, and I am the CENL secretary.The main activity of CENL is The European Library service whose activities and goals will be presented after my introduction to CENL by the director of The European Library Office, Jill Cousins.

    Let me start with a short introduction to CENL, the Conference of European National Librarians.

    CENL has a broad view of Europe and its membership is based on the membership of the Council of Europe: the national librarians of each member country of the Council of Europe and Vatican City are eligible to become a member of CENL. Today CENL has 47 members from 45 countries. CENL was established in 1987 by 11 western European national librarians and adopted its statutes in 1999. Since 1999 it is a foundation under Dutch law and as a legal entity is able to do things like contracting, hiring staff etc.

    Since 2005 CENL is added to the list of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe.The conference pursues its objectives by means of annual membership meetings as well as initiatives and support of research and development activities. At the meetings, the national libraries present their annual reports, report on ongoing projects and working group activities, and invite speakers for topics of common interest, for example to the last meeting we invited a representative of the MICHAEL project.CENL has several active working groups: 1) The first one is a joint working group with representatives from the Federation of European Publishers. This WG elaborated the Statement on the Development and Establishment of Voluntary Deposit Schemes for Electronic Publications.2) The WG on performance evaluation deals with performance indicators for national libraries3) The WG on persistent identifiers investigates how a resolution service for national libraries in Europe would relate to the DOI infrastructure and other persistent identifier schemes and works on drawing up a plan for a European resolution infrastructure. Another field of action is to investigate the idea and possibility of and the conditions for last resort resolving with a few individual publishers and with the DOI Foundation and to carry out a pilot to test different models.4) The most recent WG is the WG on digital content which will work on strategic recommendations on how to select content for mass digitisation activities in European national libraries, and on how The European Library can be transferred into a European Digital Library.

    CENL is also active in project work, largely funded by the European Commission:The European Library which started as a EC funded project and is now a service, fully funded by CENL.TEL-ME-MOR, a project mainly aiming at bringing the national libraries of the 10 new member states of the European Union into full membership of The European Library and raising awareness of activities and opportunities offered by EU research programmes in the NMS this project is about to be completed (January 2007).European Digital Library (EDL) project, which has started in September 2006, running for 18 months and again aiming at enlarging the number of full members of The European Library (by the end of the project all national libraries of the EU and EFTA states will be full members) as well as investigating multilingual issues and creating a roadmap for digitisation activities in Europe and for creating a European Digital Library.More details on these projects and further proposals submitted will be given by Jill later.CENL fully supports the 3 strands the European Commission identified for further activities: Digitisation, access and digital preservation.

    CENL promotes a cooperative and widespread approach to digitisation within its members and with other European content providers. For this CENL established the Content working group which works on an overview of current digitisation activities and policies of CENL members, which could then be used for creating a roadmap for further digitisation plans. CENL also supports new models of collaboration with the private sector as well as with publishers and other rights holders. CENL is also represented in the High Level Expert Group the European Commission set up for consultancy in building the European Digital Library.

    The second field of action identified by the European Commission, endorsed by the Culture Ministers in November 2005, is online accessibility of cultural heritage. This comprises provision of a single point of access to distributed resources, inclusion of all formats and types of content, multilinguality and providing new services for users. With The European Library Service CENL is a key player in this field: The European Library is an operational service which offers a model organisational and technical platform for multilingual accessibility of library holdings which comprise not only text and books but also music, film and photos, archival material and museum objects.

    And finally CENL as consortium of national libraries is one of the key players in the field of digital preservation as national libraries are stewards of national collections and cultural heritage in their countries and provide long-term preservation and access to digital material.

    Let me close my part of the presentation with an overview of how The European Library grows in terms of membership. Here you see a map of greater Europe as it is defined for the Council of Europe hence for CENL.

    The red countries were the founders of The European Library, partners in the original TEL project and France which joined as first external partner right after the TEL project was completed.

    The yellow countries joined in 2005: Austria, Croatia and Serbia.

    The green countries are the new member states of the European Union which joined within the TEL-ME-MOR project which will be completed in January 2007.

    The orange country is Denmark which joined from this year.

    And the blue countries are the ones which will join within the freshly started European Digital Library EDL project. When the EDL project is completed, all national libraries of the EU- and EFTA states will be full members of The European Library.

    The white countries are the other CENL members whom we will try to integrate in the mid-term.

    And now Jill Cousins, director of The European Library Office, will take over and talk about The European Library, EDL project and further activities towards a European Digital Library.

    Just to spell out where The European Library is involved in this space. There are 3 prongs to the EUs vision of a European Digital Library

    And we are almost solely involved with the first so it is the first I will talk about today. Horst has mentioned the others and there will be a call for them under Fp7.

    IPR issuesAnd as part of this Access they have requested that it should be built on existing initiatives such as The European Library and of course others such as Michaelplus which is gathering collection descriptions from a wider variety of cultural institutions than the national libraries in The European Library but does not allow for searching across collections. However this work, as long as we dont diverge and create new standards for collection descriptions, will be key in speeding up the delivery of a European Digital Library.

    So anyway the challenge is to go from thisWith quite distributed access and purely of a very organised collaborative group of organisations in CENL to And Where a search can be conducted at the item level on freedom posters to be able to find this from 1918 in Portuguese National Library collections. But needing to go to And this where you can access the collections of museums and archives as well as librariesBeing able to search across cultural heritage institutions, so therefore search across and within their data, works, metadata and in all the languages of Europe, representing sound, text, video, objects Now remember these numbers cos Im going to test you all later! You can also assess the chances of achieving them..The main purpose of The European Library is to give access to the content held in the National Libraries of Europe:This amounts to 212 Collections from 19 National Libraries at the moment we expect to have 31 of the 45 members of CENL by the end of 2007. It allows for the use 1 or more of the 5 available protocols : 1)OAI, 2)SRU, 3)Z39.50 via central gateway, 4)Z39.50 via local gateway and 5)OpenURL. So will therefore access according to what the library already has. It makes use of what is in situ.By existing it creates interoperability in metadata that is ba...