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We’re really excited to announce that Europeana 2021 will be taking place online between 8-12 November 2021. Over 1,600 people joined us online for Europeana 2020, to be the first to hear about Europeana 2021 and to receive a link to early bird tickets as soon as they are on sale, register your interest by completing our short form.


Watch highlights from Europeana 2020

Keynote: A Traveller's Guide to Digital Transformation

Keynote: A Traveller's Guide to Digital Transformation

What does it really feel like to drive digital transformation in the culture and heritage sector? In this talk Europeana 2020 keynote speaker Andy Neale shines a surprising light on how diversity, partnership, and purpose can help us level up. 

Belgrade adventure

Title: Education for the 21th Century.

Belgrade adventure

This session presents findings from Belgrade adventure, a project conducted by students and teachers from Belgrade who investigated the history of Belgrade by historical period in order to explore and present its multicultural history.

Cultural Heritage in 3D

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Cultural Heritage in 3D

This session introduces principles and tips for digitising cultural heritage in 3D, helping participants to gain an appreciation of quality and workflow in 3D, as well as an understanding of interoperability and sustainability. 

Developing E-learning curricula using World Heritage

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Developing E-learning curricula using World Heritage

In this session experts share their experience of developing E-learning curriculum using World Heritage and also challenges in bridging the two sectors: culture and education. 

Digital literacy divides us

Title: Jane Finnis and The Digital Transformation Agenda and GLAMs report

Creator: Jane Finnis

Date: Europeana 2020

Institution: Culture24

Digital literacy divides us

This session explores what digital literacy really is and how it is different from digital skills.

International Library Platform for Education About the Holocaust

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International Library Platform for Education About the Holocaust

In this session you will find out more about the project “International Library Platform for Education About the Holocaust”, which proposes a new strategy for engaging libraries and library infrastructure in education about the Holocaust. 

Introduction to Accessibility for UX Designers

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Introduction to Accessibility for UX Designers

This session aims to help participants get a better understanding of (web) accessibility; what it is, who it affects, and what we can do to ensure that our products include as many people as possible. The talk is non-technical, and shares common barriers and ways to remove them.

Taking a 'CALM' approach to digital skills development

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Taking a 'CALM' approach to digital skills development

This session considers how and what skills we need to create more open and collaborative workplaces so that we may be aware of, acknowledge, and adapt workloads to ensure work is equally distributed and aligned to strategic goals and objectives

Teaching and Learning with IIIF

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Teaching and Learning with IIIF

This session demonstrates, through a case study and examples, how IIIF tools can be used to create engaging online learning experiences.

The DigAMus-Award for digital museum projects

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The DigAMus-Award for digital museum projects

This session introduces the concept of the DigAMus-Award, discussing the advantages of such an award, why it is a good idea to start it as a grassroots movement and how further projects can be developed from it.

Wikipedia + OpenGLAM in school

Title: Wikipedia + OpenGLAM in school opening slide

Creator: Merete Sanderhoff

Wikipedia + OpenGLAM in school

This session shows new methods to engage the notoriously hard-to-reach teenagers in learning activities involving your collections, and build an active community of young generation users.
 

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Statements from the Europeana Foundation and the Europeana Network Association on Europeana 2020 keynote

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Europeana Foundation

Inclusivity through the democratisation of culture sits at the heart of Europeana’s mission. The Europeana Foundation believes in supporting diversity and inclusion, as well as creating the space for a range of voices and opinions to be heard across our community. 

That’s why in planning this year’s conference, Europeana chose a range of speakers and panelists to reflect a diversity of interests and opinions across the sector, with the aim of sparking positive debate and informed discussion about conversations taking place in our sphere, as well as reflecting wider discussions under way across business, academia and in society. 

In taking up this challenge, colleagues were offended by the approach presented by one of the keynotes speakers at Europeana 2020. 

At no point have we, as organisers, or the speaker tried to be deliberately provocative, but nor can we deny the passion that the discussion has evoked. We are sorry that we hurt people, and acknowledge that the approach chosen in the keynote was not the right way to move this discussion within our community forward. It is now for us as organisers to reflect on how to put the debate on diversity and inclusion in the correct context, creating the necessary time and space to explore the issues fully.

Some took the view that the debate itself was valuable. As a general rule, we do of course welcome debate as a necessary step toward progress in all aspects of our common endeavour. Indeed, Europeana is committed to ensuring that these discussions are had, and held in an inclusive way, hopefully inspiring informed discussions and providing a platform for progress on one of the issues of the day. 

We believe that it is vital to keep listening, talking, and working together to forge a positive and inclusive dialogue with our community and with society at large. Looking to the future, we want and need to keep having those conversations. And this experience reinforces the need to create safe spaces for those to take place. Creating a shared vocabulary that helps us frame these conversations feels like a good step to take, and we will work with the Europeana Network Association to explore that further. 

This is an open conversation, and we encourage all of you to take part. It may not always be easy or comfortable, but dialogue remains the best way to build understanding, compassion and progress in an increasingly fractious world. Let’s work together towards a positive change. 

Europeana Network Association 

Yesterday, Jitske Kramer’s keynote ‘Working Across Cultures’ at the Europeana 2020 conference,‘Crisis, Change and Culture’, triggered a fierce debate among the participants of the conference about cultural change and cultural exchanges, especially in the context of diversity and inclusivity. This debate not only happened during the keynote, but also in online discussions during the rest of the day. Many people were offended by the approach presented in the keynote. It turned out that the keynote didn’t connect in a sensitive way to the discussion that is currently emerging in the cultural heritage sector about the past and current relationships between countries and cultures, as reflected in the collections that are curated by our cultural heritage institutions. For many of us, this is still a new discussion, made urgent by changes in our societies. The ENA Management Board feels that, in hindsight, the approach chosen in the keynote was not the right way to move this discussion within our community forward. In 2020, the ENA published a Code of Conduct, in which we state that we value diverse perspectives, but that we also want to avoid causing offense and want to be respectful and inclusive. As co-organisers of the Europeana 2020 conference we feel that we haven’t lived up to our own Code of Conduct, and for this we apologise to those who were aggrieved by yesterday’s keynote presentation. 

As the ENA Management Board, we consider the events of yesterday as a false start, and would like to move forward with the debate on cross-cultural connections in a more constructive way. This is an important and urgent topic for our sector, and we need to address it, although sometimes it may be uncomfortable to do so. The ENA Management Board strongly believes that Europeana is the proper platform to have these discussions on a European scale. The ENA is currently initiating a working group to address the topics of diversity and inclusivity in our community. A key element in their work will be how we, as an international and cross-domain cultural heritage community, can improve our skills to talk with and listen to cultures from across the globe, instead of talking about them from a European/western perspective. The ENA is a community dedicated to strengthening the role of digital cultural heritage in our societies, and that celebrates shared values and acknowledges and appreciates differences. So we are convinced that this community will embrace the challenges that come with such a transition and will persevere to create room for multiple voices to be heard and bring about real and positive change in our cultural exchanges.

Past events

Europeana 2019 - relive it!

Title: Europeana 2019

Creator: Sebastiaan Ter Burg

Date: November 2019

Institution: Europeana Foundation

Country: The Netherlands

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Europeana 2019 - relive it!

Created: 11 December 2019

From 27-29 November, 269 cultural heritage and technology professionals from 37 countries met in Lisbon, Portugal, to connect the Europeana Network Association communities. Here are a few highlights and the links you need to revisit and relive the Europeana 2019: Connect Communities conference.

EuropeanaTech 2018 – Gorgeous Data, Glorious Technology: In review

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Creator: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Date: 16 May 2018

Institution: Europeana

Country: The Netherlands

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EuropeanaTech 2018 – Gorgeous Data, Glorious Technology: In review

Created: 28 May 2018

On May 15-16 nearly 300 innovators and thought leaders from across the world met on the SS Rotterdam for two action-packed days of EuropeanaTech 2018. Those in attendance watched and contributed to 37 presentations, seven panel sessions and a very entertaining and thought-provoking debate.

AGM 2018 in Vienna: Building communities and celebrating 10 years of Europeana in style

Title: Europeana Network Association AGM 2018

Creator: Europeana

Date: 2018

Institution: Europeana Foundation

Country: Netherlands

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AGM 2018 in Vienna: Building communities and celebrating 10 years of Europeana in style

Created: 14 December 2018

On 5 December, over 200 members of the Europeana Network Association gathered in Vienna on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018, dedicated to building communities and celebrating 10 years of Europeana. We would like to thank all of you who came and made this event such a success!

AGM 2017 in Milan: Network Association's highlights of 2017 and priorities for 2018

Created: 14 December 2017

On 6 December, 200 members of the Europeana Network Association gathered in Milan on the occasion of the AGM 2017, dedicated to the impact culture has on society. We would like to thank all of you who came and made this event a real success!

AGM 2016 - Thank you!

Title: Europeana Network Association ‘AGMers’ in the Latvian National Museum of Art

Creator: Europeana

Institution: Europeana Foundation

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AGM 2016 - Thank you!

Created: 15 November 2016

Winter wonderland was waiting for more than 200 members of the Europeana Network Association when we gathered in Riga, Latvia, for the 2016 ‘Show us what you’ve got’ AGM (8-9 November). It was a fabulous opportunity to welcome you all at the National Library of Latvia (LNB).

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