Task Forces and recommendations

Task Forces tackle issues and challenges affecting the digital heritage field. Browse through their recommendations.

Task Forces 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 time (usually for six to nine months) and result in the delivery of a set of recommendations on their subject.

Task Force recommendations help improve Europeana’s annual working plan (Business Plan) bringing it as close as possible to the needs of the digital heritage sector. Feel free to contact any of the current Task Force chairs to ask them about their activities, or browse through the deliverables of the past ones. You can read more about the work done by last year’s Task Forces in this blog post.

Task Forces can be proposed and joined by anyone from the Network Association. If you’d like to submit your own Task Force, read the Terms of Reference, fill in the proposal form and submit it to the Members Council for reviewing via this email.

  • Audiovisual Media in Europeana

    1 May 2016 to: 31 January 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

  • Brokerage and business opportunities

    17 December 2014 to: 30 May 2016

    Using Europeana Fashion as a use case and exploring how we can engage with Fashion House archives, this Task Force will investigate how Europeana could specifically look at brokerage options and conditions.

  • 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