Things will soon look a bit different around here as Europeana Professional gets a major makeover. The website was set up in 2007 to support the Europeana Foundation, communicate with the Europeana Network and store and make available documentation such as project reports, business plans, and PR tools. That’s a lot of work for one website to do so as of 2 weeks from now, you’ll find a much improved and well-designed site that works for all of us. 
 
We’d like to thank the Europeana Network for their input into the development of the revamped website. It’s the culmination of nine months of development including lots of your feedback. If you came to the Europeana Network Annual General Meeting in Madrid in October, you’ll have seen the beta version. We’ve made further adaptations since then and we’re really excited to find out what you think now. 
 
So, what can you expect to see?
 
 
- A clear navigational structure that reflects the Europeana community, whether you’re an individual Europeana Network member, a representative of a cultural institution, or a professional from the creative industries
 
- A global navigation which unites all of Europeana's products and allows people to navigate easily across our websites
 
- Clear concise text written especially for the web
 
- A new visual design, aligned with our new online brand guidelines
 
- Improved upcoming events section
 
- Better social media sharing options on the blog
 
- No need to log in - all content and documents are public
 
- Integrated information from the statistics dashboard
 
- Improved search functionality powered by an integrated google enterprise search 
 
- Responsive design for mobile and tablet users
 
Dasha Moskalenko, Product Developer of Europeana Professional says: 
‘We have made a tremendous effort to improve the Europeana Professional website to match your needs and expectations. We particularly focused on improving the findability of content on the site with a new information and navigation structure based on the primary and secondary calls to action. Every use of the search function will improve it even further as it responds to your input - the more the site is searched, the better the quality of its search results!’
Introducing the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Europeana Network Association
 
Last year you heard Europeana commit to put the Network at its heart.  Members of the Network, new and old, joined in and elected 25 Councillors to form the first Members Council.  We want to tell you a bit more about what has happened since the elections, and what is next on the agenda.
 
Europeana Members Council, CC0
 
Members Council:  represent the breadth and diversity of the Network
 
Europeana have created the Europeana Network Association to give a clear identity and a formal role to the Network. As part of its governance structure a Members Council of 25 Councillors were elected by the Network.  In 2015 this will increase to 50 to truly ensure it is representative of the breadth and diversity of the Network. 
 
As your representatives, we will be working to ensure that our work is shared openly and regularly. We want to make sure that our decision making is effective and transparent. And most importantly, we will do our best to make sure that the full breadth and diversity of the members of the Network are represented at every opportunity.  
 
Management Board: take responsibility for working with the Foundation
 
To oversee the work of the Members Council, the Councillors nominated a Management Board made up of six Councillors:  Johan Oomen, Joke van der Leeurw-Roord, Max Kaiser, Merete Sanderhoff, Paul Keller and Rolf Kallman.  The Management Board are responsible for ensuring that we are all working towards achieving our objectives as well as provide direct input into the governance of the Europeana Foundation. 
 
Leading the Network: Introducing the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer
 
We’re Max Kaiser (Head of Research and Development at the Austrian National Library), Merete Sanderhoff (curator of digital museum practice at Statens Museum for Kunst) and Paul Keller (director of Kennisland). We’ve been appointed to be your Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer respectively and we’re really looking forward to the year ahead! 
 
We want to start the year by passing our thanks, on behalf of the entire Members Council,  to Nick Poole and Johan Oomen for their hard work in their previous roles as Chair and Co-Chair of the the Network.  We will endeavour to continue their great work in and with the Network.
 
Whats on the agenda for February?
 
On the 3rd February the Members Council will have our first official meeting in the Europeana Offices in the Hague. We’ve got a lot to discuss and a few decisions to make.  Because we are all new in our roles, there are a number of things we need to decide: how we manage going forward, how we work together and with the Network. Then there is the real business at the heart of the Association - defining our objectives for the year so that they support the objectives of Europeana, putting together working groups and overseeing the work of the task forces.  
 
There are some large tasks on our agenda - and we’ll be sharing more about those, and a report on the Members Council meeting, soon. In the meantime thanks for reading, we’re looking forward to working with you in 2015!
 
Best,
 
Max, Merete & Paul

Europeana has published a new set of recommendations to increase the use of Europeana content in the tourism industry.

These recommendations set out the changes in thinking and behaviour needed to achieve the systematic implementation of Europeana content in tourism, giving cultural institutions as well as cultural and tourism policy-makers a list of suggested 'to-dos'.


Photo: meineresterampe, CC0

In order to be successful in this market we must recognise that the tourism industry has its own aims, challenges and rules. We need to incorporate Europeana's offering into the existing tourism ecosystem. One starting point is to take advantage of destinations that put culture at their heart of their marketing strategies because mass tourism activities are absent or simply not possible, e.g. places that lack interesting landscapes, architecture or other specific pulls.

Jill Cousins, Europeana Executive Director, says, ‘In short, we need to create demand for Europeana in the tourism sector and ensure that cultural organisations can feed in with high quality content. We need to shout about our benefits and best practices and build solid and productive relationships between cultural institutions and the tourism industry. The recommendations outline ways that policy-makers and cultural institutions can begin to do this.’ Read the recommendations in full

How can Europeana data be used in tourism?

Several tourism apps and services using Europeana content are already available or launching soon.

The Europeana Beacon (eBe) iOS app is a new way of thinking about tourist guides. The app determines the user’s position in a town square, museum room or exhibition, always displaying the correct information about the work of art they’re facing. Users can discover new facts, engage in fun puzzles and quizzes to explore their surroundings, while museum curators or the local tourism bureau gain a deeper insight about what people really visited.

TuoMuseo.it / YourMuseum.it, launching soon, is an app for the whole visitor experience - from pre-visit online planning and discovery, to on-site experiences and then post-visit personal storytelling. Digitised points of interest and real world exhibits are brought together through gamification, allowing cities and museum managers to guide and analyse visitor flow in real time. Missions, quizzes, badges, points, rankings, awards, and a newsfeed encourage positive tourist behaviour, driving them to discover places in new ways.

The Google Field Trip app will shortly include curated Europeana content to do with archaeological sites, historical buildings and monuments. This mobile app recognises where people are and allows them to explore and discover more about their surroundings. The app has been developed by Google Niantic Labs and is available for iOS, Android and Google Glass in more than 30 languages. For this pilot, we are working with the Swedish National Heritage Board, National Heritage Board of Estonia, National Heritage Board of Poland and Austrian National Library.

VanGoYourself.com
The idea behind VanGoYourself is to have fun recreating historical artworks and then share them online or simply keep your creation for yourself. Above all, the tourism sector seeks to provide its customers with great experiences in order to get them to return to a destination or to tell friends and family about it in a positive way. VanGoYourself can help to provide this experience.


Bella and Hanna, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853) vanGo'd by Juliette O'Leary - CC-BY-SA

What happens next?
The relevant ministries will publish the recommendations, stimulating interest and discussion within their national ministries of culture and tourism. Discussions will be held during regular meetings of the Member States Expert Group (MSEG) on Digitisation and Digital Preservation and a review of consequent benefits or take-up will happen during the Luxembourg Presidency in the second half of 2015.

Who is responsible for the recommendations?
The recommendations are the product of discussions coordinated by the Europeana Foundation, Culture24, Plurio.net and the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) and involving policy-makers from ministries of tourism and culture across the EU as well as members of DG Enterprise and European Tourism & Travel Advisory Group (ETAG). A draft set of recommendations were proposed under the Greek presidency at a meeting coordinated by EKT in Athens in June 2014 and these were then developed and aligned with the Italian presidency’s own recommendations for tourism and culture.

By Gregory Markus

The world of digital cultural heritage is expansive, interdisciplinary and complex. Europeana’s quest to make Europe’s heritage available online for all faces technical challenges that require complex problem solving, technical innovation and collaboration. At EuropeanaTech 2015 on February 12-13 in Paris, the EuropeanaTech Community will gather at the National Library of France to tackle these issues, and look at the developments and future of a number of major R&D aspects of cultural heritage.


Image: Montmartre [le Sacré-Coeur], Public Domain marked. Source: National Library of France

The EuropeanaTech Community brings together operators from the cultural sector, developer and IT architecture communities, and the creative industries. By doing so, EuropeanaTech creates a unique opportunity for collaboration on key issues from data modelling, multilingualism, discovery, content re-use and open source development, to Cloud and workable funding models. The parallel sessions at the conference will provide the opportunity for in depth discussion of these topics and for ideas and advancements to be shared.

The programme has been finalised and you can view it here, but let us introduce you to the speakers and take a look at the questions they will discuss during the two days.

Click the speakers’ names to find links to their Twitter accounts, articles, personal websites, or project pages. Remember: EuropeanaTech 2015 is not only a great opportunity to learn but also to network and find potential project partners for the future. With some of European cultural heritage’s greatest cultural heritage technical minds together in one place, we could not be more excited about the new projects that might emerge as a result .

Here’s our breakdown - find what inspires you and register now.

Thursday, February 12

Data Quality, curated by Jill Cousins (Director of Europeana Foundation)

Question: How can we improve data quality to in order to improve discovery and re-use?

Speakers:
Ruben Verborgh (iMinds), Runar Bergheim (Avinet), Gildas Illien (BnF), Sébastien Peyrard (BnF), Ted Fons (OCLC).

Discovery, curated by Antoine Isaac (R&D Manager at Europeana Foundation)

Question: What new paradigms can we explore to employ richer data or new modes of interaction so as to offer better discovery Services?

Speakers:
Daniel Pitti (University of Virginia), Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam), Paul Clough (University of Sheffield), Akihiko Takano (NII), Piotr Adamczyk (Google Cultural Institute).

Reuse, curated by Johan Oomen (Head of R&D at The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)

Question: What are some innovative and potentially disruptive ways in which digital culture can be reused? What are the latest international cooperations investigating interoperability and exchange technologies that support re-use?

Speakers:
Ben O Steen (British Library Labs), Tommaso Venturini (Sciences Po médialab), Jonas Öberg (Shuttleworth Foundation), Petr Pridal (Klokan Technologies GmbH).

Multilingualism, curated by Antoine Isaac (R&D Manager at Europeana Foundation)

Question: What are the various facets around multilingual issues, which are most urgent, and what are the most promising ways the community can address them?

Speakers:
Juliane Stiller (Humboldt University, Berlin), Spyridon Pilos (European Commission), Jussi Karlgren (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Jānis Ziediņš (Gavagi).

Friday, February 13

Open Data, Open Source, curated by Max Kaiser (Head of R&D at the Austrian National Library)

Question: How open is open? Who’s doing what with open source software, who’s developing what, and what needs to be developed?

Speakers:
Salvatore Iaconesi (TED Fellow), Bram Lohman (Europeana Foundation), Lydia Pintscher (Wikimedia DE), Patrick Peiffer (National Library of Luxembourg), Jon Voss (Shift).

Data Modelling, curated by Emmanuelle Bermès (Head of BnF Digital Library)

Question: What are some implementations of data models in various domains and subject areas and how can we identify further steps for the development and application of relevant data models within Europeana?

Speakers:
Matthieu Bonicel (BnF), Dominic Oldman (British Museum), Marco Rendina (Istituto Luce - Cinecittà), Valentine Charles (Europeana Foundation), Kate Fernie (2Culture Associates), Dimitris Gavrilis (Athens Research Centre), Stefanie Gehrke (Equipex Biblissima). 

Insight into what we know about how Copyright reform will progress over the coming year.

by Julia Fallon, IPR & Policy Advisor

Copyright reform is on the EU’s agenda. Following on from last years Public Consultation on the review of EU copyright rules, officials got busy reading all 9,500 responses (including ours). A summary report of the responses were published and proposals for reform were put on the back burner until the new Commissioners found their offices and set their agendas. In the meantime, the responses were rigorously reviewed by the wider IPR community notably an article by Leonhard Dobusch showing the imbalance of current copyright laws and Kennislands Paul Keller declaring “Europes’ Cultural Heritage Institutions deserve better!”.

 

Leonhard Dobusch showing the imbalance of current copyright laws. Click here for the full article.

 

New faces & a new home for Copyright

After the European elections the responsibility for Copyright shifted from DG Market to DG Connect - overseen by MEP Gunther Oettinger. In addition, Vice President for the Digital Single Market MEP Andrus Ansip, is charged with coordinating EU digital policy, which includes taking a special interest in the impact of copyright reform. Commission President Juncker, VP Ansip and MEP Oettinger have all promised that reform of copyright is high on their agenda for 2015.

Developing the recommendations for copyright reform

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) has formed a working group on IPR and copyright reform. Coordinated by MEP Jean Marie Cavada it meets monthly to hear from academics, expert and stakeholders on the all aspects of copyright reform. Rapporteur of the review of the InfoSoc Directive, MEP Julia Reda published a draft report on the 15th January discusses and provides recommendations on exclusive rights as well as exceptions & limitations in light of the feedback received during the public consultation.

Putting the copyright reform discussion into a broader context of the digital single market, MEP Madelin, VP Ansip and MEP Oettinger are hosting a stakeholder forum at the Commission on February 24th. You can register to attend here or follow the debates with #Digital4EU.

Making the arguments for Cultural Heritage Institutions

By the second half of 2015, and following the reports of the working group and conclusions of the stakeholder forum we expect the Commision to have published their recommendations for copyright reform. Using the consensus driven arguments that we submitted in our response to the public consultation, we are lobbying the Commission and MEPs to meet the needs of Europe’s cultural heritage institutions in their recommendations.

Get involved

We will publish updates via our pro blog - look out next week for our opinion on the draft report of the working group. You can also follow our activity and join the conversation at @EuropeanaIPR.

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