You have been hearing about the new Europeana Governance structure. And now it is time to participate in governing Europeana as a Network member. Nominations are open now. What does this mean for you? We asked the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Network about these changes and how they affect the Network.

Nick Poole, Chair of the Europeana Network

Q. Why the change in the Governance structure and how will it impact the Network members?

A. The Europeana Network is only as good as its members. And for each of the members to have a voice - a say in the way we realise our common goals - we need a more democratic way of functioning. I truly believe that the new Governance structure will make this possible.

When we released our Strategy 2020 a few months ago, we said that it isn’t about telling people what to do, it’s about giving expression and shape to our shared goals and then enabling us to make decisions at an individual and collective level that help us to achieve them.

As a member of the Network, come forward with support for your representatives or stand for election to the council. Collectively, you decide who will represent you on the Members’ Council. The more people you have representing you, the more influence you will have.

Support the Network in making a more democratic, accountable and effective Europeana.

Johan Oomen, Vice Chair of the Europeana Network

Q. So how do I as a Network member participate in these changes? And what exactly will my elected representative do?

A. As truly democratic body, the new Europeana Members’ Council will be decided by all of us. We, the members of the Network, each have a role in the new Governance structure. Once the nominees are announced, if there are more nominees than positions, you will be called upon to vote for the candidate who will best represent your interests Or do you believe that you can represent the interests of a large cross section of the Network? http://pro.europeana.eu/submit-a-nomination Come forward now as a candidate for the Members’ Council! I hereby announce my candidacy. Anybody in the Network can do the same by 28 October.

The elected councillors will be actively engaged in mobilising the Network, regularly communicating developments to the members that they represent, and voicing the opinions of the same.

Every Network member has one vote. Let’s make it count.

Europeana Creative and its partners will be present at the Mozilla Festival 2014 in London

Europeana Creative project will animate one session entitled: Redesign your cultural heritage! The aim of the session is to connect the digital cultural heritage offered byEuropeana to communities of designers and artists who wish to use open cultural content - data, pictures, sound, videos - as inspiration and sources for new derivative works, such as animations and films, media art installations, textile patterns, and other design artefacts.

Image by http://2014.mozillafestival.org/

In this hands-on session the facilitators, Spild af Tid and Aalto University, will guide you through making of open cultural works on specific themes and introduce participants to digital and open cultural heritage online. The aim is to facilitate creative re-use in multiple levels and accommodate various skills of participants - both more experienced and beginner open cultural hackers.

As an outcome each participant or group will create an open cultural work, which will be documented online and presented at the end of the festival. Each participant will be asked to share their designs back to the open design and art community in reusable forms and licensed under Creative Commons license.

We hope that the works created in the session will be further developed and submitted to our next Europeana Creative Challenge Design which will soon open its call for candidates. 

Will you be there? Join us at @eCreativeEU and #mozfest

Guest post by Sejul Malde, Culture24 

Photo credit: Walter Naumann, CC BY-SA 

Europeana, with Culture24 from the UK and Plurio.net from Luxembourg, are organising a series of three free workshops for collection holders across Europe that explore how digital collections can be used to better reach and engage tourist audiences. They’re being hosted by the Wallonia-Brussels Foundation, in Brussels and take place this November.

The workshops have the following themes:

  • 17 Nov 2014 – Art Nouveau collections
  • 19 Nov 2014 – Battle of Waterloo-related collections
  • 20 Nov 2014 – First World War collections

These workshops will explore how each of these themed digitised collections can be utilised to reach out to tourism audiences. Tourist audiences represent a key audience segment for museums in Europe and are increasingly looking for new ways to engage with cultural content, especially online. Content from digital collections represent a vital, yet under-used asset for museums to respond to these changing tourist audience needs. Each of these themes have been identified as key opportunities to explore tourism demand for digitised collections.

The workshops are free and are ideally for directors, curators and other relevant (collection-related) managerial staff of European museums that have collections relating to the prescribed themes. If you represent an alternative collection holder/hold a different position but are interested in attending, you are welcome too.

Please also note that although we have asked attendees to cover any costs incurred relating to their attendance at the workshop, we can in certain circumstances cover these expenses for collection holders if they prove to be a barrier for attending the workshop.

For more information about each workshop, including details of how to book your spot, please click on the links below (we have also included the Eventbrite links for each workshop where you can book directly).

Art Nouveau themed workshop -  Eventbrite page

Battle of Waterloo themed workshop  - Eventbrite page

First World War themed workshop  - Eventbrite page

If you have any questions please contact Sejul Malde at Culture24 on Sejul@culture24.org.uk

Guest blog by Gregory Markus, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Image by xkcd, CC BY-NC


‘Who are you wearing? Who are you wearing?’. This is a common phrase yelled at celebrities during red carpet events, be it the Academy Awards, Grammys, etc. But, no one is asking these people what open source tools they’re using. Rightly so, they probably aren’t using any, or perhaps they unknowingly are. For example, Spotify was built using a dozen open source tools

We want to ask the experts who develop, use, expand, and improve these tools to talk about who they’re using.

We at EuropeanaTECH think it is time to give developers in the digital cultural heritage sector the spotlight; to share their favorite open sources tools to use, open source applications that they have developed and look forward to, and to talk about what they would like to see developed in the future.

In our new series for Europeana Labs, a different developer will be asked these 4 questions:

1. What open source tools are you currently working with?
2. What open source tools have you used in the past to develop larger applications?
3. What are you currently developing?
4. What would you like to see developed?

If you’re looking for more open source tools, be sure to check out our #FLOSS Directory

If you would like to be featured, please e-mail: gmarkus@beeldengeluid.nl

Here’s the must-know information for some of the forthcoming Europeana partner and cultural heritage key events. Interested? Follow the links to find out more or to register.

Image: Rybinsk State Architectural, Historical and Art Museum Preserve, Public Domain

  • EUscreenXL project international conference on user engagement It takes place on October 30-31st at the Casa del Cinema in Rome. Registration for the event is still open and free of charge. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and registration for the conference please visit http://blog.euscreen.eu/conference.
  • APARSEN Webinar: A common vision for digital preservation The webinar will be held on 14 October, 15:00 Central European Time via web-meeting and is scheduled to last 2 hours. Participation is free. Nor registration required. Click here to join (at the given time).  Details about the speakers and subjects here.
  • Launch of the APARSEN Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Digital Preservation After almost four years, APARSEN is slowly coming to an end. They are launching the APARSEN-Centre of Excellence in Digital Preservation on 22-23 October in Brussels. Registration is open at: bit.ly/APA-CoE-launch
  • 4th EBN TechCamp EBN’s 4th TechCamp will take place in Munich, Germany, in partnership with EU|BIC gate - Garching on 26-27 November. Register here
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