Presentations (eng)

10:15-10:30 Europeana and the Linked Heritage project

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage. Europeana was launched in 2008, with the goal of making Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage accessible to the public.

Linked Heritage is a 30 month EU project, started on 1st April 2011. The main goals are to contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors; to demonstrate enhancement of quality of content, in terms of metadata richness, re-use potential and uniqueness; to demonstrate enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content. The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia. These include ministries and responsible government agencies, content providers and aggregators, leading research centres, publishers and SMEs.

10:30-11:00 Linked data and the potential for cultural heritage

The main objective of the Linked Heritage project is to contribute a large quantity of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors (c3 million items).

The author is working in this project and specifically as the leading partner in the ‘work package’ Linking Cultural Heritage Information. This will, amongst other things, be exploring best practice report on cultural heritage linked data and metadata standards. This presentation will give some preliminary results of the research that has been undertaken.

Questions that will be answered include:

  • What is Linked Data?
  • Is all of it ‘Open’?
  • What use is being made of linked a data in cultural heritage at the moment?
  • What is the potential?

11:00-11:30 Cultural Heritage Aggregation in Europe

In the European context, an aggregator’s primary task is to collect metadata from a group of content providers and transmit them to Europeana. Several aggregators have been formalized the past few years and have set up workflows interoperable with Europeana, while they are further extending their strategies and scope according to the respective domain’s characteristics and needs. This talk will introduce the basic steps of cultural heritage aggregation and related technical aspects, and will proceed to discuss open challenges and future steps for these organizations.

11:45-12:15 “Free your Metadata: live on stage” 

Are your metadata ready for the Web? That’s what we were wondering. And probably what you are wondering, too. Opening up your resources and interconnecting them with other collections with the help of Linked Data is currently a hot topic, but how can you actually become a part of the Linked Data cloud? We aim to provide you with the best possible 20 minute introduction to the exiting world of Linked Data, by performing metadata cleaning and reconciliation operations with the help of Google Refine on a concrete metadata set.

Further information: Free your metadata

12:15-12:45 Thematic projects around Europeana. The Judaica Europeana

Judaica Europeana seeks to bring to Europeana contents that express the participation of Jews in the European urban spaces. It is uploading about 5 million digital objects and among its highlights are an intensive program of dissemination and the production of Virtual Exhibitions in the thematic domain.

Judaica Europeana seeks to share the Semantic Web vision for the development of a global cultural heritage semantic web space. Such vision was transformed and become a reality with the extraordinary expansion of the Linked Data program in the last few years. The new Europeana Data Model is an integral part of the Linked Data program and has three pillars: (1)  OAI-ORE for organizing metadata about an object – it allows multiple records for the same object with potentially contradictory statements about an object; (2) DC for metadata representation; (3) SKOS for vocabulary representation. OAI-ORE and SKOS are native to the RDF Linked Data environment. Judaica Europeana advanced the capacity of its partners and its thematic domain at large to become integrated in the new Europeana/Linked Data environment through: (1) Surveying relevant vocabularies of the thematic domain and expressing some of them in SKOS. (2) Defining an advanced interface to Europeana based on the SKOSified vocabularies of the Israel Museum Jerusalem. (3) Establishing an experimental pilot semantic work space for scholars who study the Jewish Enlightment applying Semantic Media Wiki tools and the enrichment of their metadata database with SKOSified vocabularies. (4) Probing deeply on the value of the new semantic environment and tools for supporting Digital Humanities endeavors in the thematic domain.

12:45-13:15 Linking terminology resources for enabling a multilingual access to Cultural Heritage

Collections management usually implies the use of one or several terminology resources. Making a terminology as a part of the Semantic Web is the lead to improve the visibility of collections and objects of an institution at a national and international level. The Athena project has defined recommendations and guidelines for the management of a terminology. Linked Heritage, as a legacy of the Athena project, is providing the practical methodology and tools for guiding cultural institutions towards Semantic Web.

14:00-14:30 Europeana, commercial cultural content standards, and opportunities for partnership

This presentation will begin by outlining the unique characteristics of descriptive metadata in the commercial cultural industries, enumerating the major standards and sources of best practice, and where they connect or contrast with cultural heritage approaches. This is the basis of the Linked Heritage project’s Work Package 4, “Public-Private Partnership”. The body of the presentation will discuss opportunities for integrating commercial sector content into Europeana; technical and legal-commercial questions arising from the nature of cultural industries’ metadata practices; potential solutions based on exemplary existing partnerships, and the implications of this work for other parts of Linked Heritage.

14:30-15:00 Europeana Hackathons: connecting data to users

Conxa Rodà will offer a quick overview of the Europeana Hackathons (beyond data visualization and empowering social use) answering questions like: Why embarking in the Open content adventure? Which are the outcomes for the players?

Eduardo Graells and Luca Chiarandini, winners of the Barcelona Hackathon will present the “TimeBook”. TimeBook is a project that grew out of the question: How social networks would be in the past, if they had existed? By imagining the answer, we begin to view profiles of historical figures, containing its connections with other figures, their groups, sayings and deeds, as are the profiles of the social networks. Nowadays, all the elements that define the historical profiles are freely available on the Internet, so we ask ourselves if it’s possible to gain; process and present them in an entertaining, educational and recognizable way.


15:15-15:45 Europeana, standards and aggregation of content. LIDO

For achieving the objectives of contributing new content to Europeana and also enhancing the quality of Europeana content, in terms of its metadata richness, its re-use potential and its uniqueness, the Linked Heritage project will use LIDO as aggregation and interchange model. LIDO – Lightweight Information Describing Objects – is the result of a collaborative effort of international stakeholders in the museum sector to create a common solution for contributing cultural heritage content to portals and other repositories of aggregated resources, as well as exposing, sharing and connecting data on the web. Being an application of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC-CRM / ISO 21127) it provides an explicit format to deliver object information in its full descriptive richness in a standardized way. This presentation will provide an overview of the LIDO model and its role within Europeana’s Linked Open Data strategy.

15:45-16:15 Local practices foster European digitization

To strengthen the available knowledge and expertise among the cultural heritage institutions in Flanders, PACKED vzw has started – an online ‘toolbox of standards for cultural heritage’. CEST does not only offer a register of standards, but also a shortlist of recommended standards, guidelines, manuals and (links to) software tools. It helps cultural heritage workers to digitise their collections, to add geographic information, to publish metadata as linked open data, to clear copyrights… It also offers a discussion platform to exchange opinions and experiences. CEST has been modeled on similar initiatives in the Netherlands, UK, US and Canada, but it has integrated the ‘lessons learned’ from these projects into a pragmatic and small scale format.

The expertise gathered by CEST will be valorised in another project coordinated by PACKED, ‘Digitising Contemporary Art’ (DCA), a project that aims to digitise 30.000 contemporary art works and contextual documents with the help of 25 partner institutions from 12 different European countries. The project will make the digitised content online available through the partners’ websites and the Europeana portal ( DCA offers the partners an international platform to share best practices and to learn from them. Key issues in DCA are not the digitisation itself, but also the creation, enrichment and aggregation of the metadata and the long-term preservation of the digital content.

You can find more information on both projects on the following pages: (only in Dutch)

16:15-16:35 MuseUs – using cultural data in a pervasive serious museum game

Cultural institutes are increasingly opening up collections through open data. This allows external parties to access their data and create innovative applications, in the spirit of open innovation ecosystems. However, building applications on this type of open cultural datasets presents some specific challenges. This presentations discusses the case of MuseUs, in which a gamified application for the M HKA museum of modern art in Antwerp was created and that is currently being tested in museums in Manchester and Paris. Following an introduction  of the application itself, the insights will be discussed that were obtained by interacting with museums, their data and the museum visitors. These insights are the result of both the application development and the living lab research process that was conducted on site.


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