Task Forces and recommendations

Task Forces tackle issues and challenges affecting the digital heritage field.

They are set up to allow our members (with the aid and supervision of the Members Council) to take on specific subjects or areas of common interest to the digital heritage field and Europeana’s Strategy 2015-2020. They run for a limited period of around six to nine months and result in the delivery of a set of recommendations on their subject. A successful Task Force should help improve Europeana’s annual Business Plan and bring it as close as possible to the needs of the digital heritage sector.

Do you have a great idea and would you like to start a new Task Force? Feel free to browse through the list of the past examples, or contact any of the current Task Force chairs to ask them about their specific activities.

Read the Terms of Reference and click the button below to fill in the form.

Your Task Force proposal will be evaluated by the Members Council through the following form, and we will inform you if it has been approved within a few weeks following your submission.

  • Impact Assessment Task Force

    1 January 2017 to: 31 August 2017

    It is considered of vital importance to better express the value of what we do, in a way that is unambiguous to the partners and stakeholders of our organisation. As a follow up of the development of the (conceptual) Europeana Impact Framework (http://pro.europeana.eu/publication/europeana-strategy-2015-2020-impact) , Europeana is now working on the development of a practical toolkit for impact design, assessment and narration.

  • Network Participation Framework Task Force

    1 March 2017 to: 31 October 2017

    One of the important tasks of the Members Council is to encourage Network Association Members to take part in the activities for maintaining and improving Europeana. Association Members must feel involved. Task Forces and Working Groups are currently the instruments for such involvement. However, their terms of reference don’t appear to cover all the useful ways in which participation is needed or desired.

  • Advanced documentation of 3D Digital Assets

    2 April 2017 to: 2 December 2017

    The digital documentation of CH assets is inherently a multimedia process, addressed through digital representation of the shape, appearance and conservation condition of the heritage/cultural object for which 3D digital model is expected to become the representation. 3D representations should progress beyond current levels to provide the necessary semantic information (knowledge/story) for in-depth studies and use by researchers, and creative users, offering new perspectives and understandings. Digital surrogates can add a laboratory dimension to on-site explorations originating new avenues in the way tangible cultural heritage is addressed.

  • Resource Citation/Object Identity Standardization

    1 April 2017 to: 31 December 2017

    Europeana is a central hub for the aggregation of cultural heritage resources. An important precondition in ensuring access to such resources and represented cultural objects is the existence of a reliable and sustainable citation mechanism, which researchers can use to reference Europeana resources unambiguously in scholarly publication, and which can also be used for digital re-use, and for tracking Europeana resources in a variety of contexts including but not limited to scholarly research.

    The purpose of this Task Force is to investigate and propose ways to ensure that this precondition is met.

  • Preparing Europeana for IIIF involvement

    1 February 2017 to: 30 June 2017

    The purpose of the proposed Task Force is to identify the current trends and tendencies towards the handling of the emerging IIIF technology on the part of the Europeana content providers. The Task Force will evaluate what are the necessary consequences for the Europeana Foundation of the results of this survey and give appropriate recommendations for future application of IIIF technologies within the Europeana ecosystem.

  • Benchmarking Europeana Task Force

    16 January 2017 to: 17 July 2017

    The purpose of the Task Force is to evaluate the methodology and content of the first study to benchmark Europeana as a cultural information service in order to propose a framework for future evaluation and benchmarking of Europeana services and a work plan for its implementation.

  • Audiovisual Media in Europeana

    1 May 2016 to: 28 February 2017

    The task force will propose a set of necessary improvements to the accessibility and usability of heritage av collections as well as index the standards and solutions that can be applied more broadly to improve the experience of audiovisual sources on and through Europeana.

  • Task Forces - final recommendations

    1 May 2013 to: 31 October 2015

    Browse the published recommendations of our completed Task Forces. The title of each links to the related recommendations.

    They were set up to allow our members (with the aid and supervision of the Members Council) to take on specific subjects or areas of common interest to the digital heritage field and Europeana’s Strategy 2015-2020. They have been running for a limited period of time and the result can be found in a set of recommendations on their subject.

  • EuropeanaTech FLOSS

    1 June 2015 to: 31 August 2015

    The EuropeanaTech task force on the FLOSS Inventory will enrich, improve and structure the Inventory which contains over 300 free, libre, open source tools relevant for the EuropeanaTech community.

    The final recommendations

  • Europeana Network Communicator's Group

    11 March 2015 to: 17 December 2015

    This Task Force sets out to develop a Europeana Communicator's Group to support pan-european awareness of Europeana's added value.

    The final recommendations

  • Evaluation and enrichments

    27 January 2015 to: 31 October 2015

    Automatic enrichments can be very beneficial for enabling retrieval across languages and adding context to resources accessible via Europeana. If automatically added enrichments are incorrect or ambiguous, the benefits can be reversed, propagating the errors to several languages and impacting the retrieval performance.

    The final recommendations

  • EDM profile for Sound

    1 March 2014 to: 30 September 2014

    This Task Force describes a set of recommendations for the adaptation of the current Europeana Data Model (EDM) for audio and audio-related objects.

    The final recommendations

  • EDM mappings refinements and extensions

    1 September 2013 to: 31 January 2014

    The task force has collected mappings to and extensions of EDM, documenting and summarising work from different partners and projects into an overall 'big picture'

    The final recommendations

  • Multilingual and Semantic Enrichment Strategy

    1 October 2013 to: 31 March 2014

    The task force revealed the common obstacles in automatic semantic enrichments and provided recommendations to overcome some of these issues. It was found that multilingual enrichments can increase the negative effect of low quality metadata across languages.

  • EDM – FRBRoo Application Profile

    1 July 2012 to: 1 May 2013

    This report delivers combined models in terms of properties and classes of EDM and FRBRoo illustrated by sample data. Smaller groups have worked on three different examples. The report also provides principles for modeling and mapping rules based on the experiments of the working groups.

    The final recommendations

  • Hierarchical objects

    1 June 2012 to: 28 February 2014

    Hierarchical objects are important for Europeana' s network of projects and data providers. Archives, libraries or museums aim at describing their objects with the finest granularity of data and contextual information...

    The final recommendations can be found here