8 — 9
09:00 — 16:15

Europeana Network Association AGM 2016

National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 5
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3
Rīga, LV-1423

“Show us what you’ve got”

The Europeana Network Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an annual key event for Europeana and its network. It provides the opportunity for Europeana and its partners for all to share, discuss and develop specific areas of mutual interest.

The National Library of Latvia. Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA.

The 2016 edition of this event will start on Tuesday morning 8 November at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, and will continue until Wednesday 9 November. During the AGM delegates will reflect on the work accomplished in 2016 and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities for the coming years.

Some invite only, Pre conference meetings will take place on Monday 7 November.


  • The ticket price for an Early bird ticket is € 50,00 - this ticket will be available until 26 September
  • The full ticket price is € 85,00 - this ticket will be available until 28 October​

Note: tickets are non-refundable and non-reimbursable.

Please register via the button below, you will be redirected to our ticketservice, Eventbrite.


Both days will be filled with several inspiring speakers, working in Europe and beyond, who share the same passion as you do, European Cultural heritage, each and every one in a different way.

We will highlight what the outcomes of 2016 and what project Europeana Network Association endeavours in five different tracks​. Ignite Talks, break-out sessions and topics such as Aggregation landscape, EuropeanaTech and R&D, Sustainability, Innovative projects will be presented and discussed.

AGM 2016 - November 8-9

Day 1 “ Show us what you've got”

LNB Auditorium

Tuesday 08/11/2016

Auditorium Ziedonis hall

08:00 - 09:00

Register and Coffee


Welcome and Agenda overview - Max Kaiser


Welcome by Director LNB - Andris Vilks

09:30-09:40 European Commission - Federico Milani



Governance - Joke van der Leeuw-Roord

10:00-10:10 Finance - Paul Keller
10:10-10:25 The Association in 2016 and 2017 - Max Kaiser

Introduction, Voting & Elections launch - Rolf Kallman


Coffee break


Bridge: Owning the position - Jill Cousins, Europeana Foundation


Opening Keynote: Dan Cohen, DPLA -

"The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Emergent Properties of Aggregated Collections"

TRACK 2: BUSINESS PLAN 2016/2017 chaired by Merete Sanderhoff


Introduction BP 2016


Ignite Talks round 1

  1. Karolina Tabak, National Museum in Warsaw, “Let’s be open”

  2. Maria Drabczyk, National Audiovisual Institute, “Tu Europeana”

  3. Antonella Fresa, Promoter srl, “Europeana Space”

  4. Ad Pollé, Europeana Foundation, “The Europeana transcription tool”

  5. Peter Hofmann, Hochschule Mainz, "Europanorama – A Big Data book about European culture"


"Working towards better copyright rules for Cultural Heritage Institutions" - Paul Keller




Speaker: Lora Aroyo, VU Amsterdam


Bussines Plan 2017 - Harry Verwayen

Introduction of the Chef’s table session - Harry Verwayen & Merete Sanderhoff

Chef’s tables - Break-out sessions

  1. 1. Being Direct about Operation Direct: Pavel Kats & Sašo Zagoranski
  2. 2. Aggregation café: Henning Scholz & Stephan Bartholmei
  3. 3. "What can Thematic Collections do for you?": Adrian Murphy & Sofie Taes
  4. 4. Europeana Research: Make collections work for those who need them: Nienke van Schaverbeke and Agiatis Benardou
  5. 5. “What is a camel?”: Dasha Moskalenko & Panagiotis Kyrou
  6. 6. Love triangle: Match money, heritage and education: Milena Popova & Olivier Schulbaum
  7. 7. "Swipe left or right?" Content matchmaking with Europeana: Joris Pekel & James Morley
  8. 8. #AllezCulture, #AllezLiterature - promoting our written cultural heritage – a campaign for 2017: Eleanor Kenny & Kerstin Herlt
  9. ​9. Working with Wikimedia in the age of Wikidata: Liam Wyatt & Lizzy Jongma
  • Room 078 - Using the power of the crowd: Transcribing Europeana - Ad Pollé & Frank Drauschke

Conference centre NLL


15:35-15:45 Coffee break

Speaker: Markus Krötzsch, Technical University of Dresden

TRACK 3: IMPACT & SUSTAINABILITY chaired by Max Kaiser & Harry Verwayen


Introduction Impact and Sustainability


Introduction & impact case study
Screening Workers Underground (film)
Reflections by
by Simon Tanner, King's College London
What impact do you want to have? (interactive session)


Ignite Talks round 2

  1. Vera Kriezi, Music Library of Greece of The Friends of Music Society, “Open data for education: MITIDA”

  2. Jeroen Wilms, Whalebone & Greenstone, “Making impact matter”

  3. Amy Smith, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, “A case study from the Ure Museum”

  4. Gerhard Jan Nauta, DEN, “Data On Digital Collections: "What's In It For You?”

  5. René van Engelenburg, DROPSTUFF MEDIA, “Presenting cultural heritage by Virtual Reality”

  6. Melanie Imming, Liber, “Do you see what I see?”



Heritage in Motion 2017 by Onno Ephraim

Europeana to hand over the EMA trophy by Wim van der Weiden


End of day 1 - Max Kaiser


Tour, Drinks & Dinner

Latvian National Art Museum

Day 2 “ Show us what you've got

LNB Auditorium

Wednesday 09/11/2016


Day introduction & Agenda - Max Kaiser

Auditorium Ziedonis hall


Speaker: Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Institution Archives - “The Impact of Open Collections (...and what’s next)”



Operation Direct: Reinventing Europeana’s Aggregation - Pavel Kats and Sašo Zagoranski

In this session the work of Europeana's ‘radical innovation’ team, tasked with suggesting new approaches to aggregating data will be presented



Speaker: Shawn Averkamp, NYPL Labs,

"Innovation and Change at The New York Public Library"


Coffee break


Ignite Talks round 3

  1. Michal Čudrnák, Slovak National Gallery, ”From Slovakia to Norway: Art, collections and data across borders”

  2. Fred Truyen, Photoconsortium, “Digitizing, curating, showcasing vintage photography”

  3. Jasenka Zajec, National and University Library in Zagreb, “#DataFullOfLife”

  4. Lars Rogstad, Arts Council Norway, “Geotagged data”

  5. Gregory Markus, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, “RE:VIVE, a dating site for archives and electronic musicians”

TRACK 5: EUROPEANATECH & R&D chaired by Johan Oomen


Introduction EuropeanaTech & R&D

11:25 -11:45

Speaker: Joan Cobb, Getty Research Institute

11:45 - 12:45

Lunch & Presentation of the 1st Int. Transcribathon results (Room 078)

12:45 - 13:05

Ignite Talks round 4

  1. Emmanuelle Bermes, BnF, “Gallica and Europeana: the power of IIIF”

  2. Thibault Clérice​, Universitat Leipzig, “CapiTainS and Citable Text Services”

  3. James Morley, Imperial War Museums, “Linking our collections - aiding discovery through Europeana”

  4. Sven Ubik, CESNET, “What it takes to add interactive 3D experience to Europeana?”

  5. Kay Hartkopf, eCulture.info, “Coding da Vinci” reloaded - Fueling the Smart City innovation agenda”

cmd_z - What if we had to do it all over again? - David Haskiya



Dan Cohen - DPLA

Stephan Bartholmei- DDB

Antoine Isaac - Europeana

David Haskiya - Europeana

Mia Ridge - British Library

Shawn Averkamp - NYPL Labs

Joan Cobb - Getty Institute

Emmanuelle Bermès - BnF

14:05 - 14:25

Closing Keynote: Mia Ridge, British Library -

- 'Why do we digitise?

14:25 Wrap-up, Elections reminder, Announcement of Transcribathon winner - Next steps - Max Kaiser


End of the conference

Transcribing Europeana 1914-1918

We are happy to announce the introductory launch of the newly developed online Europeana 1914-1918 transcription tool.

To mark the launch, we would like to invite all AGM attendees to join an exclusive Transcribathon competition starting on Monday 7 November from 2pm. You can register for this competition on Eventbrite.

What is a Transcribathon?

A Transcribathon is a competition where teams compete with each other to transcribe handwritten texts online. Each team works together on the transcription of a source from Europeana 1914-1918 (for example a diary). A jury will award points for the quantity and quality of the transcription and the presentation of the result, with a prize awarded to the winning team. The online tool will be officially launched in an Ignite-talk. The tool and the related concept of Transcribathons will also be presented during a break out session.

Ignite talks

Do you have an inspiring idea or topic that you would like to share with other digital heritage professionals?

Here is your chance - we are holding an Ignite Talks session (a series of 3-minute presentations) that allow Europeana Network Association members to present to all AGM participants. The theme of the Ignite Talks is open, so if there is something that really makes you tick and you would like to share it with us, go ahead, submit an Ignite Talk no later than 30 September.

All applications will be submitted to the AGM Programme Committee for selection; 6 will be chosen to present their talks on the 8th or 9th of November.

Please submit your Ignite Talk via the button below before 30 September 2016.

AGM Travel and Subsistence rules

Europeana Foundation Rules for Reimbursement of Travel & Subsistence Expenses of Europeana Network Members & Experts

Hotel recommendations

Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel **** Kugu Street 24, Riga, LV-1007 | +3716706-1111 (next to the venue)

Please use the Hotel code to book a room for € 60,00 per night, including breakfast, free WiFi and free cancellation.

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Distance to conference venue: 2.2 km

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