Access to digital cultural heritage across languages is a priority for the Europeana community and beyond, with a recent EU Presidency meeting in Helsinki highlighting why multilingualism is crucial for us and society. In this post, we explore some of the proposals for improving the multilingual aspects of the Europeana Collections portal and tell you what you can do to help build multilingual systems for digital cultural heritage.
Do you work at a cultural heritage institution with out of commerce works in its collection? Thanks to the the Out of Commerce Works Provisions in the European Copyright Directive adopted in May 2019, it will soon become much easier to share these with the public. But there are some details to be defined at the national level. In this post Ariadna Matas, Junior Policy Advisor at the Europeana Foundation, offers advice on how to get involved in the stakeholder dialogues on out of commerce works that should take place in every EU member state.
The CrowdHeritage project aims to develop an effective web platform to encourage people to help enrich and validate selected cultural heritage metadata - a crucial concern for domain, thematic and national aggregators. In this post, the CrowdHeritage team give us an update on the platform and the project.
We’ve known for a while that our collections website was due for an upgrade, and we’re finally ready to show you what we’ve been working on for the past few months. We’ve developed a demo of an updated Europeana website that is faster, easier to explore, and more accessible. We are excited to be sharing this with you. The final design has not yet been applied, but the demo will give you a good sense of what is coming and give you the chance to provide feedback.
Europeana Members Councillors have diverse jobs and wide experience across the heritage sector, but are united by their passion for digital cultural heritage. In our ‘Professionals in Focus’ series, we speak to our Councillors about their roles, working lives and plans for their time on the Members Council. This month, Maria Engberg, Senior Lecturer at Malmö University, discusses building an interdisciplinary research environment and her enduring fascination with digital literature.
The Copyright Community of the Europeana Network Association was recently surveyed to help gain a greater understanding of the key challenges professionals face around copyright and invite possible solutions. In this post we hear about the results of the survey and explore some of the ideas the Copyright Community will be focusing on in their upcoming work plan.
In recent years, the threat of climate change has been a topic of conversation around the world, and Europeana has been listening. We have organised our annual conference, Europeana 2019, with our planet in mind, and this post explores some of the decisions we’ve made to help create a more sustainable event.
Making Europeana Collections more multilingual is a priority and so we were delighted to take part in an event on 24-25 October with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and cultural heritage institutions on the topic of multilingualism. The two-day event at the Hanaholmen Culture Centre, Espoo, Finland, titled ‘Multilingualism in Digital Cultural Heritage - needs, expectations and ways forward’ was carried out under the umbrella of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which is currently being hosted by Finland.
How can cultural heritage institutions use chatbots to engage visitors, help them find content and answer common questions? The Culture Chatbot project has been exploring these questions, and in this post Pavel Kats from the Jewish Heritage Network, the organisation behind the project, explains the work they have done so far and how you can benefit from their expertise.
The Enrich Europeana platform aims to make it possible for users to transcribe and enrich a wide variety of digital heritage collections. In this guest post, Ting Chung of the Austrian National Library - a project partner in Enrich Europeana - gives us an update on the launch of the project’s new crowdsourcing tool for transcribing, annotating, and georeferencing historical documents.
Earlier this week we provided the latest information for those attending Europeana 2019, but even if you don’t have a ticket we’ve ensured there are still ways you can follow the conference, connect with those attending and get involved in our interactive sessions.