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

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‘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:

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
  • 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:
  • 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

A couple of weeks ago, before the 2nd eCreative Challenges event in Barcelona, we had the chance to gather the different partners at Fabra i Coats, a big space where Platoniq has its city headquarters. We held an intense workshop in order to brainstorm and be inspired about sustainable business models for Europeana Labs.

Co-facilitated between Platoniq and Kennisland, the sessions began with strategic presentations from Europeana about the current development of the project, followed by recommendations and insights from partners like Aalto Media Lab. Later, stakeholders’ perspective on labs were discussed, including web development company, consultancy for financing the creative industries peacefulfish and a new social incubator in Barcelona, Impact Hub.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to breaking-out into thematic groups. Each focussed on how to improve Europeana Labs’ value proposition to communities and developers, lab environments and incubators or investors. In the groups, participants discussed and identified several areas of improvement and exploration using the business model canvas approach, followed by a final sharing of results.

After reporting back for each group and deciding on key recommendations for Europeana Labs´ future development, results are now being processed.  Some will soon be incorporated in order to take further steps in the development of Europeana Labs as a better service and tool for creatives.  In this way, it will contribute to the way they can invigorate economy and common resources with innovative ideas and new businesses.

Pictures by Platoniq, under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Heritage in Motion Awards 2014 - Bologna, City of Water and its producer Studio Base2

Open for application from 1 October 2014
Submit your innovative and new multimedia projects (films, websites, apps, games, experiences) promoting, exploring and/or safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage. Are you a producer, director or representing a museum, company, public body, or organisation and do you want to show your successful projects in the field of cultural heritage to the rest of Europe? Submit your project for the Heritage in Motion Awards 2015!

Apply now
Direct link to sign-up:
or go to

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014.

The Heritage in Motions Awards 2015 will be held in Brescia, Italy on 8-9 May 2015 during the annual conference of the European Museum Academy.

About the Heritage in Motion Awards:Modern media technology plays a vital role in making cultural heritage accessible to European citizens. The Heritage in Motion Awards celebrate the best in innovative European projects. The Heritage in Motion Awards are a joint initiative of Europa Nostra and the European Museum Academy. They are empowered by Europeana.

The European Museum Academy is a non-profit foundation representing museums at the European level. The EMA has members in more than 30 countries.

Europa Nostra, the Voice of Cultural Heritage, represents a rapidly growing citizen’s movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its extensive European network covers almost 50 countries in Europe.

Europeanais the central network for the cultural heritage sector in Europe and directly connects thousands of cultural institutions with European citizens.

For more information please contact:
Project Leader:
Alexandra Roessingh
+31 6 43063863 /  

Sarah McSeveny-Åril, senior advisor digital cultural heritage at the Arts Council Norway, writes about the EAwareness Norwegian chapter

Linda Van der Spa Her's story At de skulle arresteres visste jeg ikke!, Arts Council Norway, CC BY-SA

´Ready to record in.. 3-2-1´, I signalled a silent countdown  with my hand and nodded encouragingly to 85-year-old Inga Karlsen who was sitting in front of me. She took a breath, looked down at the manuscript she had written and started to speak. To my confusion, I couldn’t understand a word of what she was saying. As the microphone I held picked up the melodic ups and downs of her voice, I quickly looked down at the neatly typed Norwegian text in front of her searching for a clue as to what was going on. It then struck me - Inga had decided that it was time to tell her story , and to tell it in her mother tongue, Sami.

Earlier this summer, the Arts Council Norway organised a national awareness-raising campaign based on World War Two as part of its work in the EAwareness project. The aim of the campaign was to reveal the untold stories of this time, with particular focus on the more sparsely documented role of the Sami people in the war effort and the events surrounding the burnings and evacuations of Northern Troms and Finmark. The Norwegian public were encouraged to search their attics and cellars, to speak to surviving relatives about their memories of the war, and then share these untold stories through the creation of digital stories. This was their history, and they were going to tell it their way; and this was exactly what  Inga Karlsen did when she shared her story about her little brother and the Russian prisoners in Sami.

Digital storytelling workshops and an Open Archive Day were organised throughout the country as part of the campaign activities. Cultural sector employees, teachers and individuals met in two locations in northern Norway on the 3rd and 5th of June to create digital stories using material available via Europeana, from Norway and brought from home. ‘In connection with the Europeana Awareness campaign, “War history’s black hole”, I came across a report with information about my great-grandparents and maternal grandfather. It turns out that they were to be arrested, and fled to Sweden during the Second World War! This is completely new information for me and my family, and has now become a story that can help fill a hole in our war history,’ tells workshop participant Linda Van der Spa Her whose story can be found here (in Norwegian).

The Open Archives Day was a coordniated effort between 12 archives* on 3 June, where they opened their doors to the general public, offering to help them register and digitise their material.

The result was over 25 digital stories - a number which is still increasing - ranging from forgotten anecdotes about life during the war to personal stories from this time.

We are familiar with the requisition of vessels and vehicles for use in a war or crisis situation. However, in 1944 there was also a law regarding the requisition of the dogs to be used by the German army in the war effort. Listen to the story Soldier’s best friend to find out how was it for those  who experienced foreign troops coming for their family pet (in Norwegian).


Inger Kristin’s father had kept the photo carefully hidden in his wallet, never showing it to anyone. Who was the handsome young man in uniform in the picture? Was it just the uniform that turned out to be the problem? My grandfather, the German soldier is a granddaughter’s story  about her grandfather who was a German soldier stationed in Narvik, but who sadly disappeared shortly after the war ended. (in Norwegian)

How did the Norwegian pilot Otto Andreassen from the 330 Squadron, based in Scotland throughout the war, get a message home to his family to say he was alive and coming home? Listen here (in Norwegian and English)

These are just a few examples of the outcomes of the campaign activities. Following the campaign, awareness of Europeana in Norway increased by 75%, with coverage of the campaign in both local and national media. These stories are now able to play a unique part in enriching Europe’s shared collective memory. Ensuring that current and future generations have the opportunity to explore a richer version of this period of Norwegian history through Europeana.

*List of archives involved: Opplandsarkivet Maihaugen, Statsarkivet i Trondheim / IKA Trøndelag / NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket / Trondheim byarkiv, IKA Møre og Romsdal, Arkiv i Nordland, IKA Kongsberg, Statsarkivet Hamar, Statsarkivet Bergen, Samisk arkiv Kautokeino, Statsarkivet i Kristiansand.

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