This post is by Sarah McSeveny-Åril, senior advisor digital cultural heritage at the Arts Council Europe. 

“…Everything is going very nicely, I’m pretty busy and I don’t get much sleep but it is nice interesting work.”

British Lieutenant Job sends a 'shout out’ home to the UK at the end of a radio interview (minute 03.18) with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s (NRK) regional office in Tromsø. This broadcast was made in June 1940, only a couple of months after German soldiers had invaded Norway. Here speaking with an air of joviality on his efforts following the recapture of Norwegian costal municipality Narvik, Job is oblivious to the fact that the war was only just beginning.

This is but one of 1,3 million digitised objects from Norway’s cultural heritage available on Norway is the 9th largest contributor to, with the Arts Council Norway being one of the main aggregators of this data. Many of these images are free from copyright restrictions and can be freely re-used by anybody to create new works, use in applications, blogs, virtual exhibitions and much more.

This year 17 May will mark the bi-centennial anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. As part of the national celebrations, the Arts Council Norway plans to launch a campaign based on one of the particularly important periods of Norway’s history in the past two hundred years – the Second World War. The aim of the campaign is to reveal the untold stories of this time, bringing to light information that will help fill in the gaps in Norway’s history.

The Norwegian public will be invited to help tell these untold stories of the war through the creation of digital stories that rely on using material available via Europeana, from Norway and from other sources in Europe.

Image: Forsvarets Museer (CC0)

What was it like for the Norwegian paratroopers training with Scottish allies in Woodhaven, Scotland? How many of them made the jump and survived to tell their story?

Image: Kulturrådet (CC0)

What was the story behind the fake papers for so-called ‘Hugo Johnsen’ in this ID card from 1942?

And will we ever find out the name of to the smiling German military cook in the picture, who had made such an impression on the local Norwegian community during the time they were stationed that he was invited to join them in the town’s parade to celebrate Norway's national day in May 1945, two months after the war had ended?

These potential narratives reflect a spectrum of experiences and personal histories that together contribute to our understanding of Norway’s story and the nation’s identity, during this turbulent period.

This campaign is part of a series of awareness raising initiatives related to the European project, EAwareness. The Arts Council plans to organise digital storytelling workshops and an Open Archive Day with the hope that they will stimulate a ‘treasure hunt’ in the archives of Europe via Europeana, while also encouraging the contribution and production of new material. These activities will have a particular focus on finding and generating knowledge about the more sparsely documented events surrounding burnings and evacuations of Northern Troms and Finmark, and the role of the Sami peoples in the war effort.  All of which will aim to help convey the nuances of our common European memory.  

Further information on the planned the open workshops in Troms and Nordland, and the Open Archives Day to be held in June, will be made available shortly.

Guest blog by Emily Gore from DPLA. This article originally appeared on the DPLA website.  

Image credit  DPLA  CC BY-SA

When new Hubs become a part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), they understand that their relationship with DPLA is not only about sharing data but also about improving data quality over time. As an aggregator of metadata from 20 Hubs and over 1,100 partners, DPLA is in a unique position to help our partners recognise and manage data quality issues. Data improvement happens locally in a number of ways including running scripts to make data more consistent and manual improvement over time of specific fields by partners, and on an international scale through collaboration to promote interoperability.

Recently, DPLA teamed up with our colleagues and friends at Europeana and Kennisland to promote global interoperability of our metadata, and specifically our Rights Statement fields. In October 2013, Europeana and the DPLA organised a first joint rights management workshop to explore this possibility in Boston, Massachusetts. While the workshop mainly focused on sharing experiences between the two projects, it also reinforced the intention to explore a closer collaboration in the field of rights labeling. As a result of further discussions between the DPLA and Europeana, a small joint working group to explore the possibilities for concrete collaborations in more detail has been established and will be led by Paul Keller, Europeana/Kennisland and Emily Gore, DPLA.

This important work will, above all, make rights clear to the end user and provide a framework for aggregators and our partners. With the creation and standardisation of actionable rights statements, users will know when a work is in the Public Domain, covered under a Creative Commons licence or is Rights Restricted, among other possible labels.

Copyright is an important topic and an enormous challenge for digital library initiatives. While there are many issues related to copyright and digitisation projects, the DPLA-Europeana Rights Labelling working group will focus on the specific needs of digital heritage aggregators, such as Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America.

The working group will be tasked with developing a proposal for a joint rights labelling infrastructure that would include at the minimum the following elements:

  • A proposal for the technical infrastructure. The existing Europeana Licensing Framework offers rights statements provided by third parties (the Creative Commons licenses and Public Domain Tools) and rights statements that have been developed by Europeana that are hosted on the Europeana portal. In order to provide rights statements that can be used by others it appears desirable to provide all rights statements from a ‘neutral’ namespace.
  • An initial list of rights statements. The working group should propose an initial list of rights statements that meets the needs of Europeana and the DPLA (as well as any other partners that have been identified by the working group).
  • A proposal for a governance structure. Digital heritage aggregators operate in a dynamic environment. As a result the rights statements will likely need to be updated/changed in order to meet the needs of the digital heritage aggregators. This means that both the infrastructure and the list of available rights statements need to be actively maintained. The working group should propose a governance structure that ensures the continued maintenance of the rights statements and the related infrastructure.
  • A proposal for sustaining the operation of the rights labeling infrastructure. It is assumed that initially the rights management infrastructure will be set up by Europeana and the DPLA and that the costs for setting up this infrastructure (which should be minimal) will be borne by both partners. The working group should propose a model for sustaining the continued operation of the rights management infrastructure once it is operational.

Working group members include:

  • Paul Keller (working group co-chair, Kennisland, Coordinator Europeana Licensing Framework)
  • Emily Gore (working group co-chair, DPLA, Director of Content)
  • Julia Fallon (Europeana, IPR and Policy Advisor)
  • Patrick Peiffer (Bibliotheque Nationale de Luxembourg)
  • Antoine Isaac (Europeana, Scientific Coordinator)
  • Lucie Guibault (Institute for Information Law)
  • Maarten Zeinstra (Kennisland, technical coordinator Europeana Licensing Framework)
  • Melissa Levine (U of Michigan, Lead Copyright Officer)
  • Greg Cram (NYPL, Assoc. Director of Copyright & IP)
  • Mark Matienzo (DPLA, Director of Technology)
  • Dave Hansen (University of North Carolina, Reference Librarian & J.D.)
  • Richard Urban (Florida State University, Asst. Professor)

The working group will hold our first meeting in April and is expected to conclude our initial work and release our findings and proposal for sustaining the rights labeling infrastructure by the fall of 2014.

Guest post by Maria Drabczyk, National Audiovisual Institute, Poland

A pilot competition for the best remix of Europeana’s content was launched recently. The organiser National Audiovisual Institute of Poland invites students between 13-19 years and their schools to participate and submit their videos by 25 May.

Image: Europeana Video Remix CC BY-SA 

Why do we do it?

Europeana Video Remix is an attempt to make the digital resources of Europeana appeal to the youth and to comprehend their understanding and use of the various IPR licences.

How does it work?

The task is to select one of the four themes of competition, match them with relevant archives available on the portals associated with Europeana (images, pictures, sounds, videos, as well as other digital objects) and compile a remix out of them. Participants may download the historical content available in the public domain or under Creative Commons for creative re-use. Submitted videos may be entirely or only partly based on the sources found in Europeana and related websites. All kinds of artistic forms - animation, graphics, samples, fragments of own videos and private images - are very welcome.

The final outcome should be made available on a platform such as,, and submitted through Europeana Video Remix website ( Each participant may submit up to four works - one for each of the topics of competition, which are:

  • 100 Anniversary of World War I
  • 25 anniversary of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • History of fashion and style
  • History of technology and media

Who decides and what are the prizes?

Submitted videos will be evaluated by an international jury including representatives of the Europeana Foundation, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland. The jury will select and award top three remixes submitted individually or as a group work. Each of the authors of the winning remixes will be rewarded with a Fuji Instax mini camera with additional film packs. The most active school, whose students send most videos, will be rewarded with a Panasonic HC-V110 camera.

The background

Europeana Video Remix is a pilot competition run mostly in Poland. It is however also open to young, international participants who are willing to devote their time and creativity to the project.

The competition is organised within the framework of the Europeana Awareness project co-financed by the European Commission.

Its organiser, the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) is a Polish cultural institution in charge of digital preservation and dissemination of Polish audiovisual heritage. NInA acts as curator, producer and co-producer of important cultural events and publisher of audiovisual and audio collections. The activity abroad and on the national level involves audiovisual co-productions as well as participation in networks and hosting events in the fields of new media education, digitisation, archiving, dissemination of audiovisual content and web culture.

Would you like to know more?

For more information please visit the competition’s website orcontact us directly via

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

Whipping the herring out of town was a custom that heralded the last day of Lent, when Cork butchers celebrated the coming of Easter and the return of economic prosperity (and meat-eating) by holding a mock funeral of a herring, which symbolised abstinence. Credit: Crawford Gallery Public Domain

TEL promotes LOD innovations in libraries across Europe for Hackathon, London, May 14

The cooperation between Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and The European Library (TEL) allows for the ingestion of data from RLUK’s member libraries into The European Library portal. Both TEL and RLUK are currently working intensely towards a linked bibliographic data available as Linked Open Data (LOD). This set of linked bibliographic data will be made available for a Hackathon on May 14. In preparation for the Hackathon, TEL is featuring 6 LOD use cases across Europe. Read the first here. We encourage you to follow and relay the campaign from The European Library news section and to join the Hackathon. More info

The Best in Heritage call for papers, deadline April 30

The Best in Heritage features a worldwide array of best practices from the domain of museums, heritage and conservation. A post-conference symposium will be held at inter-univerity centre Dubrovnik, for which a call for papers has been issued. The theme is ´The Useful Heritage - Efficiency and excellence in the public memory sector´. Various organisations and institutions working with heritage (museums, conservation, libraries, archives etc.) continue to demonstrate a constant convergence of their practices and theories. This implies a need for a new, common science, so expert authors are invited to contribute to defining excellence and social efficiency of public memory domain. Deadline for submission is 30 April. More info

PREFORMA @ EGI Community Forum 2014, Helsinki, May 21

This session will present to the whole digital preservation community the new opportunities offered by the pre-commercial-procurement launched by PREFORMA. The aim of the call for tender, which will be published by the end of May, is the development and deployment of an open source software licensed reference implementation for file format standards. This is for memory institutions (or other organisation with a preservation task) wishing to check conformance with a specific standard.

More info

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EUBrazil Cloud Connect is a new international co-operation project which is creating a joint cloud infrastructure.

This new infrastructure will enable a multi-disciplinary user community to co-operate across borders at many different levels. Ultimately, the project aims to accelerate scientific discovery and to advance knowledge on several challenges of high social impact. 

One of the innovative aspects of EUBrazil Cloud Connect is the introduction of a new business model based on the bartering of resources.

“Part of the EUBrazil Cloud Connect federation will be built with the idea to put time-dependent surplus resources in a pool where members of the federation can explore and exchange these resources and better attend the user demand when their peak loads cannot be served locally,” explains Francisco Brasileiro from the Federal University of Campina Grande, the Brazilian coordinator of EUBrazil Cloud Connect.

To learn more, please watch the video or see the project website.

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