We are once again looking for designers, artists, developers, start-ups and other entrepreneurs to re-use Europe’s digitised cultural heritage from Europeana in innovative and creative ways! Europeana Creative is pleased to announce its final challenge encouraging YOU to design and submit products, applications and designs that reuse Europeana content in the theme of Design.

The Design Challenge

The aim of the Europeana Creative - Design Challenge is to engage designers, artists, developers and entrepreneurs to explore and experiment with with cultural heritage content available in Europeana.

Process of co-creation for a Design Pilot  at the Workshop in Helsinki

We challenge ingenious minds and makers to rethink and redesign our common culture, and produce innovative and novel interpretations that make use of digital cultural content and data sourced fromEuropeanaorEuropeana Labs. The Europeana API allows you to access 2000+ collections and incorporate them into apps, games, products and websites. You can even create mash-ups when connecting Europeana's API with other sources or APIs. The possibilities are endless!

The challenge opens on the 30th October and online submissions are welcome until the deadline: 15th January, 2015 at 20h00 CET via http://ecreativedesign2015.istart.org/

What should you create?

We welcome a wide range of works for the Challenge, and appreciate contemporary and creative approaches to the digital cultural heritage materials. For example, including but not limited to results of digital fabrication, media art, design objects, web/mobile applications and services.

Please keep in mind that the submitted works must re-use materials that are sourced through Europeana. Please also check the license of the content, making sure that re-use for your project context is allowed. To make things easier, discoverherereusable content available in both the Europeana portal and API.

To give you some more concrete idea of works that could be made using the Europeana content, below are some examples. These are meant as examples only, so let your inspiration run free and propose new innovative ideas:

·         Make a fabric print using pictures from a museum

·         Create an installation using audiovisual media from archives

·         Program a piece that generates algorithmic music from old sound recordings

·         3D print contemporary designs based on old objects

·         Design an app that remixes old paintings  

Where to find content and inspiration?

In order to help inspire you Europeana Creative has developed a pilot application to demonstrate the things you can do with Europeana content and a little bit of imagination.

Culture Cam has been developed by partnersSpild af Tid&AIT - Austrian Institute of Technologyas the design theme pilot; a “live” digital similarity tool that takes you on a playful journey into the fascinating collections within Europeana by using your web camera. You can easily scan an object, and Culture Cam captures and analyzes it and comes up with search results of similar color, shape or pattern. This pilot is still in its demo phase so please watch this space for more information.

To discover further pilots that have been developed over the course of the project (in natural history and history education, social networks and tourism) clickhere. Ideas and examples of creative re-use are also available on the Europeana Creativeblog. Find out about our previous Challenge winners from the1stand2ndRounds.

Explore Europeana Labs 

Additionally, why not exploreEuropeana Labs? This platform sets out to provide everything needed to get started using the Europeana APIs to develop apps and re-use digitised cultural heritage objects. You can learn about the data, see what others have created and find out how to build simple but powerful queries to extract bespoke results from a dataset of over 30 million objects, which include books, art and artefacts, audio clips and more. To make things easier, discoverreusable contentavailable in both the Europeana portal and API. If you would like additional support in finding suitable content, accessing digital objects, license conditions or anything else connected to Europeana please don’t hesitate to contact api@europeana.eu

Entry Criteria

The Europeana Creative Design Challenge is open to any private, public or non-profit organisation within the EU or EFTA. For a successful application you need to be a legal person registered in one of the 28 EU member states or EFTA member states. Your application must be written and submitted in English.

What is the prize?

Following an online assessment by a panel of experts and industry judges the best applications will be invited to a pitching event to be hosted atFuture Everything Festivalat the end of February 2015 in Manchester, UK. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 3rd February.

Following the pitches, the winners will be chosen and rewarded with a three-month mentoring & incubation program from a team of experts.The prizeconsists of specialist support providing business mentoring, technical support, assistance with identifying and accessing finance, facilitation of business partnerships, access to specialised testing environments, marketing and promotion support.

How to apply?

We use the iStart platformvia http://ecreativedesign2015.istart.org/for accepting submissions for the challenge. If you have not used iStart before, please click on the the REGISTERbutton in the top right-hand corner and follow the instructions. If you have already registered, please log in using your e-mail address and password. Once logged in you will be able to see the entry guidelines and questions you have to answer. Your application can be edited at any point up until the Challenge deadline of January 15th at 22h CET.

Additional Support

For additional support you can look at our previous blog postswhere we have additional inspirational ideas & support in completing your application available to you. We will continue to publish new guides and share ideas over the coming months to further support your application.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at europeanacreative@onb.ac.at . We will be delighted to help!


A series of blogs by Wiebe de Jager, Marketing Manager at Europeana

Many of our partners who represent Europe’s libraries, archives and museums make use of Facebook. It is a great way to show people something about your institution or collections, reach out to potential visitors (and stay in touch with them after they’ve visited), communicate events or other news, or even organise contests or other engaging activities.

However, not everyone is aware of the many features that Facebook has to offer and how these can be used to make most of your institution’s online presence. Based on our experiences with sharing heritage content on social media, in particular Facebook. Europeana's distribution and engagement team will be sharing their top tips for Facebook for memory institutions in 5 blog posts.

1. Links, texts, images & attribution
2. Deciding what to share & selecting your best
3. Targeting & Timing
4. Promoting events & gathering audience feedback
5. Measuring your reach and impact

The blogs are not about ‘getting more followers’, or how to create a Facebook page in the first place: we assume that you have an active Facebook presence, and already do have some experience with using Facebook. So if you’re interested to get more out of your Facebook presence, then this blog series is for you.

Of course we are open to your questions. Apart from the topics mentioned above, we’d like to know if there are other aspects of Facebook you’re interested in. I am happy to answer any questions you might have - please contact me via wiebe.dejager@europeana.eu or on Twitter via @wdejager.

Europeana’s network of aggregators come from many different backgrounds. Some take a thematic approach (like Europeana Fashion), while others work from a national standpoint (such as Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek) or with certain sectors (like The European Library).

Despite their diverse range of roles and focus points, there is one task that is common to all Europeana aggregators: the harvesting of metadata from individual libraries, museums or archives (in many different formats) and the mapping of that data to the Europeana Data Model. Only once the data is in EDM format, can it be forwarded for inclusion in Europeana.

Europeana Cloud hopes to make this challenge easier, and for that reason the project has recently spent a few weeks conducting interviews with the aggregators that contribute data to Europeana.

The interviews explored the technical and strategic challenges the aggregators faced in performing this role. A longer presentation on the results of the interviews can be downloaded, and a summary is available below.

Our key findings were that:

--Metadata mapping is a slow process, with too many steps, services and internal discussions;
--Tools for ingestion and mapping are not as reliable as they could be and there are some worries about the availability of data;
--Ingestion and mapping tools have poor usability and sometimes cannot be used without technical expertise;
--Aggregators need the ability to curate (ingest, map, enrich) their data at greater speed;
--Aggregators need better mechanisms for managing identifiers and authority files;
--Many see possibilities for enrichment but do not have the tools for it;
--The hosting of content (as opposed to data) is not an urgent problem for any aggregator but is becoming strategically important;
--Problems with the restriction of metadata to CC0 are universal, however few rated it as an urgent problem

Europeana Cloud is now working to develop a set of products that respond to these aggregator needs.

In particular, the project will be working to see how improved services for the ingestion and mapping of data can be adapted to be made part of Europeana Cloud. Rather than each aggregator relying on separate tools, a more sustainable service could be established.

A set of product requirements will be published at the end of the year. This will form the basis for ongoing conversations with aggregators throughout 2015. Our aim is to make Europeana Cloud a service that aggregators can start using when the project ends in 2016.

This blog post comes from Alastair Dunning, Europeana Cloud Project Coordinator.

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

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