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2 minutes to read Posted on Wednesday November 29, 2023

Updated on Wednesday November 29, 2023

portrait of Georgia Evans

Georgia Evans

Senior Editorial Officer , Europeana Foundation

Recordings from EuropeanaTech 2023 now live - relive the conference!

We were delighted to welcome over 1,100 of you to EuropeanaTech 2023, which took place onsite and online for three exciting days in October. Look back on the conference with us and discover how you can access the recordings.

EuropeanaTech 2023, Cultural heritage in the data space and beyond visual, a woman in profile against a girl working at a computer
EuropeanaTech 2023 visual - This collage is composed of three images. Check our event's page for detailed attribution
Ana Moreno
Europeana Foundation

Three days of all things Tech

The conference kicked off with a day of hands-on workshops at the KB, National Library of the Netherlands. Participants discovered 3D scanning processes, visited a church to discover the potential of heritage acoustics, learned about the ResCarta Toolkit and IIIF, and enjoyed an introduction to AI image and text generators.

For days two and three of the conference, we moved to the colourful and inspiring Institute for Sound and Vision, where participants were able to follow the action in person and online.

Marco De Niet, Manager, Research & Education Services Division & Deputy Director, Leiden University Libraries, Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak, Head of the UnitInteractive technologies, Digital for Culture and Education, European Commission, and Youssef Louakili, Director of Media and Creative Industry at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, set the scene by welcoming participants for an exciting and innovative two days. The Twin it! Campaign was a point of particular excitement in the welcome speeches, with Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak announcing the launch of the new Twin it! Label, to encourage initiatives to show their support for 3D for cultural heritage.

Dr Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, The British Library, then gave the first keynote of the conference, ‘Enriching lives: connecting communities and culture through Machines.’ Her speech gave valuable insights into AI methods for research collections, crowdsourcing as a framework for productivity and entertainment and how we can make good choices about AI.

Inspired, participants headed off for a full afternoon of panel, online talks and in person sessions, before coming together at an evening reception at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Day two saw Valentine Charles, Technical Director, Europeana Foundation, welcome attendees with a speech exploring the context of the common European data space for cultural heritage, and the new possibilities offered by AI and 3D technologies. Her talk was followed by our second keynote from Brian Katz, Research Director, CNRS, Sorbonne University, who took into the magical world of the acoustics history of Notre-Dame Cathedral, exploring the truly interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, and exciting projects which have brought it to the public.

Following another morning of sessions on topics from digital games to AI in the archives, we were delighted to welcome back data poet, Mr. Gee, who closed the conference with a new poem, ‘A multitude of tools’:

For a better understanding of the past,

Our images have to be enhanced,

A new dialogue in three dimensions,

Must have openness at its heart,

For somewhere within the archive

Of our aggregated minds

Are a multitude of questions

And a multitude of answers,

Simply awaiting to be found.

We are truly grateful to the more than 1,100 participants and 95 speakers, from 67 countries who ran, attended and took part in the 55 sessions and 6 workshops the conference offered.

Making new connections

This year we were able to again collaborate with our colleagues at the European Students Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH) to offer five new professionals the opportunity to attend the conference in person through the Europeana-ESACH bursary. This, combined with the grants offered to Europeana Network Association Members made the presence of new professionals at our conference one of the strongest ever, something we hope to continue in our upcoming events!

A group of new professionals standing together at EuropeanaTech 2023
New Professionals at EuropeanaTech 2023
Sebastiaan Ter Burg
Europeana Foundation
A group of new professionals standing together at EuropeanaTech 2023

Rewatch the keynotes and panel sessions

Whether you want to rewatch a favourite session, discover one you couldn’t make, or weren’t able to attend the conference, we want to give you the opportunity to relive EuropeanaTech 2023. We are delighted to share a selection of the recordings of the keynotes, panel discussions and afternoon sessions from the conference for you to explore and rewatch at your leisure. Watch them now through our curated YouTube playlist.