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Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2019

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

Full Programme Europeana 2019

Read on to see the full programme of inspiring talks, workshops, panel sessions and other activities at Europeana 2019

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EuropeanaTech 2018
Sebastiaan ter Burg
Europeana Foundation

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

The National Library of Portugal, Lisbon

Wednesday - 27 November 2019



Pre-meetings - 10:00 - 15:30 / Coffee break at 11:45 and lunch at 13:00

09:00 - 10:00

Arrival & registration

10:00Start Pre-meetings 



GIFT moderated by Anders Sundnes Løvlie - IT- University of Copenhagen

At GIFT @ Europeana 2019, you will have the opportunity to be among the first lucky few to test out the tools that have been designed in the GIFT project. The technology is open source, therefore free to use and adapt to your needs.

Attend GIFT @ Europeana 2019 and find out how you can give your visitors the tools to engage more, make it personal, create shared experiences through play, tell their own stories and turn their experiences into digital gifts.

This conference includes:

Sessions from project partners IT University of Copenhagen, The University of Nottingham, Uppsala Universitet, Blast Theory, NextGame, Culture24 and Europeana.

Sessions including participating museums Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, The Holocaust Center, Royal Pavilion and Museums, The Munch Museum and Danish Museum of Science and Technology. 


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Room 1


IIIF Workshop moderated by Glen Robson - IIIF Technical Coordinator

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and EuropeanaTech will hold an outreach event for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organisations working with digital images and audio/visual materials.

Attendees will learn about the purpose and benefits of IIIF for web-based image delivery, including demonstrations of the optimised functionality that IIIF provides. A specific afternoon session in collaboration with the 3D Content in Europeana Task Force will look at how IIIF and Europeana can move forward with regards to presenting 3D content online.

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Room 2


Historiana workshop moderated by Steven Stegers - EUROCLIO, Helen Snelson - University of York

Explore different ways cultural heritage institutions and museum educators can use digitised sources in history education. This EUROCLIO workshop will present peer-reviewed eLearning Activities developed by history educators using Europeana sources, and explain both the reasoning and research theory underpinning them. There will be a focus on how you can easily adapt these to create your own eLearning Activities to suit a variety of collections.

Could your institution integrate its collections into educational activities? Would you be willing to collaborate with others on this? We'll close the session with a brainstorm on these questions.

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Room 3


3D Task Force seminar moderated by Kate Fernie - 2Culture Associates

3D digitisation of cultural heritage has become more common in recent years and organisations are increasingly looking for ways of using 3D data, and for ways of integrating with other file types in Europeana Collections.

This one-day workshop will bring together a panel from members of the 3D Content in Europeana Task Force to discuss recent work and to talk about standards, formats and platforms that support 3D data. This workshop will provide an opportunity to share results, exchange knowledge about state-of-the-art opportunities for collaboration and discuss the next steps for using 3D more effectively in the digital cultural heritage sector.

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Note: 14:30 - 15:30: Joint session IIIF & 3D Task Force seminar in Room 1



EOSC moderated by Sara de Giorgio - Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information

This workshop will introduce the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), discuss the opportunities its creation offers the cultural heritage sector and provide an overview of the infrastructures behind its development.

It will address the challenges and opportunities that the establishment of EOSC is posing to cultural heritage institutions. Since cultural heritage is a primary source for research in Social Sciences and Humanities, it will offer food for thought about the positioning of cultural heritage institutions within this ecosystem by:

- presenting best practices already put in place for data or services sharing
- discussing specific solutions for digital cultural heritage in compliance with the FAIR principles
- inviting the audience to identify and plan activities for gathering requirements from the cultural heritage sector as a potential stakeholder in EOSC.

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15:00 - 16:00


15:00 - 15:45

Tour of the Library #1


Start of Europeana 2019

16:15 - 17:15

Europeana Network Association General Assembly - ENA Management Board

17:15 - 18:00

Keynote: Frédéric Kaplan - Professor in Digital Humanities at EPFL

18:00 - 18:15

Welcome: Graça Fonseca - Minister of Culture Portugal


Drinks & Nibbles

Thursday - 28 November 2019



08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10

Welcome: Director National Library of Portugal, Maria Inês Cordeiro

09:10 - 09:30

Europeana Strategy 2020+ by Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak, European Commission - Head of Unit DG Connect

09:30 - 10:15

Developments at Europeana by Harry Verwayen, Europeana Foundation Executive Director

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome & Introduction to the conference programme by the ENA chair, Marco de Niet - Leiden University Library

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Parallel sessions 11:00 - 12:30


The Europeana Innovation Agenda highlights (1 of 2) moderated by Ina Blümel - German National Library of Science and Technology and Gregory Markus - Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Do you want to know more about the research and innovation priorities in the cultural heritage domain?

This cross-community session introduces you to the Europeana Innovation Agenda and its proposals for action in the areas of institutional strategy and impact, technological innovation, social change and economic innovation.

Hear from members of the Europeana Network Association as they showcase projects and activities that are putting the Agenda into action. In this session, we focus on storytelling and immersive experiences, aspects of data quality, and the usability and retrieval of data.

Then it’s your turn to get involved in a Q&A - share your own expertise and challenges and see how we can lead the Innovation Agenda into 2020 together.

Speakers: Pedro Santos - Fraunhofer IGD, CultLab3D, Johan Oomen - Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Andy Neale - Europeana Foundation, Lorna Hughes - University of Glasgow, Sara di Giorgio - CulturItalia

Room 1

Shaping the future of education with cultural heritage - moderated by Fred Truyen - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Do you know how to build 21st-century skills like critical thinking and media literacy through digital cultural heritage? Are you interested in how collections can be used in innovative ways by educators?


The Europeana Education community leads this panel session showcasing how Europeana, together with leaders in innovative learning, is mainstreaming the use of digital cultural heritage in education and what impact that has among students.

Find out why high-quality source material is important, where to find training tools and ready-to-use resources for educators, how to ensure community involvement and how collaborations between cultural heritage institutions and educators can promote the use of collections in European classrooms.

Panel: Steven Stegers - EUROCLIO, Evita Tasiopoulou - European Schoolnet, Marco Neves - Europeana Ambassador Teacher

Room 2

Introduction to impact workshop moderated by Dafydd Tudur - The National Library of Wales and Maja Drabczyk - National Film Archive/Audiovisual Institute Poland

Are you interested in better understanding the impact that digital culture has on your organisation and your audiences? Did you know that there’s a Europeana Impact Playbook that can help you do just that?

Exploring the impact of your work with digital cultural heritage is a rewarding process that connects the things that you do with the changes they bring about in your audiences and networks. In this workshop, the Europeana Impact community introduces you to the Europeana Impact Playbook and shows you how to get started running your first impact workshop - just like this one but bringing together colleagues from across your own organisation.

Speakers: Simon Tanner - King's College, Julia Fallon - Europeana Foundation



12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:15

Introduction of the afternoon programme by Stephan Bartholmei - German Digital Library

14:15 - 15:00

Panel 'We transform the world with culture' moderated by Harry Verwayen - Europeana Foundation

With Rehana Schwinninger-Ledak - European Commission, Merete Sanderhoff - The National Gallery of Denmark, Katherine Heid - European Economic and Social Committee, and Elisabeth Niggemann - German National Library

Parallel sessions 15:00 - 16:30


The Europeana Innovation Agenda highlights (2 of 2) moderated by Gregory Markus - Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Ina Blümel - German National Library of Science and Technology

Do you want to know more about the research and innovation priorities in the cultural heritage domain?

This cross-community session introduces you to the Europeana Innovation Agenda and its proposals for action in the areas of institutional strategy and impact, technological innovation, social change and economic innovation.

Hear from members of the Europeana Network Association as they showcase projects and activities that are putting the Agenda into action. In this session, we focus on storytelling and immersive experiences, aspects of data quality, and the usability and retrieval of data.

Then it’s your turn to get involved in a Q&A - share your own expertise and challenges and see how we can lead the Innovation Agenda into 2020 together.

Speakers: Chris Dijkshoorn - Rijksmuseum, Harald Sack - FIZ Karlsruhe, Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, Maarten Dammers - Wikimedia

Room 1

Multilingual access and machine translation moderated by Andy Neale and Antoine Isaac - Europeana Foundation

Are your digital services open to a global audience? Could richer multilingual support attract new users?

Multilingualism and linguistic diversity have always been part of the reality of the European Union. This session run by EuropeanaTech shares key learnings and outputs from the recent event on multilinguality for digital cultural heritage that took place as part of Finland's presidency of the Council of the EU. Looking at multilingual metadata, content translation and user interactions, you will explore the opportunities and benefits of multilingualism in digital cultural heritage, and pathways to solving the problems associated with them.

Speakers: Sergiu Gordea - AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Pavel Kats - Jewish Heritage Network, Alexander Raginski - Pangeanic 

Room 2

Music to my ears: making rights understandable moderated by Juozas Markauskas - Dizi

Are you an educator struggling to identify content to use for your learning activities? Are you looking for fun ways to teach your students or colleagues about copyright?

To use cultural heritage in education, research and creation, we have to make copyright our ally. This workshop helps you to understand more about licences and rights statements - how they work, what they mean for the reuse of content, and which ones to choose when you label cultural heritage for reuse or even when you create your own art.

Juozas and Jurga bring to all Europeana communities interested in rights labelling, their established approach to engaging Lithuanian arts and music students with rights statements through teamwork, workshops and a smartphone app. Experience a playful approach to learning about licensing. Get ready to create, learn, label and reuse..

Speakers: Juozas Markauskas - Dizi, Jurga Gradauskaite - Independent attorney-at-law

Prepare Sala do Conselho - Boardroom

Talk to the European Commission! moderated by Kari Hadjivassiliou – ICF SA, and Saredo Mohamed – ICF SA

Do you want to have your say on future EU policy in the digital cultural heritage sector? The European Commission will soon be launching a consultation which will influence the direction of future funding and other policies and initiatives at European, national and regional levels.

In this workshop led by the European Commission, you will have the opportunity to discuss in person the kind of public interventions you think are needed, at EU, national or other levels, in order to address the main challenges of digital transformation in the cultural heritage sector. What should the role of Europeana and its ecosystem be?



16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00

Pitch your project moderated by Susan Hazan - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

18:00 - 18:15

Unsung Hero award ceremony

18:15 - 18:30

Wrap-up & Closure of the day by Sara Di Giorgio - Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information

18:30 - 19:15

Tour of the Library #2 (Podcast - "Innovation")

19:15- 22:00


Friday - 29 November 2019



09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Coffee

09:20 - 09:30

Introduction of the morning programme by Georgia Angelaki - National Documentation Centre

09:30 - 09:40

Keynote: Michael Edson - Co-Founder and Associate Director, Museum of the United Nations - UN Live - VIDEO

09:40 - 10:00

Europeana Aggregators' Forum - Marco Rendina - European Fashion Heritage Association

10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break

Parallel sessions 10:30- 12:00 


Promoting cultural heritage with digital invasion - moderated by Altheo Valentini-Egina - European Grants International Academy

Do you want to learn how to use digital tools to tell stories collectively? Are you an educator looking for active and informal ways to engage students with cultural heritage material?

Then join us for a Europeana 2019 digital invasion - the cultural heritage experience in which people armed with smartphones, cameras and video cameras come together to create both a physical and social media cultural moment! Brought to you by the Europeana Education and Communicators communities, this interactive session introduces the concept of a digital invasion and how it can be used to connect a range of audiences with culture. Then join us as we perform our own digital invasion in Lisbon!

Speakers: Marianna Marcucci - Invasioni Digitali, Altheo Valentini-Egina - European Grants International Academy

Room 1

How to implement the FAIR principles in digital culture moderated by Sara Di Giorgio - Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information

Do you work with FAIR - the set of guiding principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable? How do you deal with the tech issues that the implementation of FAIR principles poses to your organisation? Did you know that FAIR will be really valuable if your institution decides to join the European Open Science Cloud?

In this session, the EuropeanaTech and Research communities lead a discussion of the practical issues related to FAIR implementation across the cultural heritage and research sectors. Saskia Scheltjens, head of Research Services at the Rijksmuseum, will talk about the implementation of FAIR data principles in a large art historical museum. Drawing on his experience leading a working group on FAIR within the Research Data Alliance, Makx Dekkers will discuss crucial aspects of evaluating the ‘FAIRness’ of your data. A panel discussion follows and we look forward to hearing your voice there!

Speakers: Saskia Scheltjens - Rijksmuseum & Makx Dekkers - Research Data Alliance 

Panel: Seamus Ross - University of Toronto, Franco Niccolucci - PARTHENOS, Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra - DARIAH  

Room 2

Achieving inclusivity and diversity in the Europeana Network Association moderated by Killian Downing - The National Archives of Ireland and Julia Fallon - Europeana Foundation

What does inclusivity and diversity mean to you? Join us to explore how the Europeana Network Association can work towards becoming a welcoming, inclusive and transparent community that encourages diversity in all its forms and is accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with cultural heritage and Europeana.

This session will explore how we can work together towards fair representation and diversity. We will address:

1. Social inclusion: no-one is excluded based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or on any other characteristic or preference.

2. Professional inclusion: members and professionals are welcomed openly and equitably.

3. Technical inclusion: skills, tools, aggregated data and capabilities should be available to all but also representative of the diversity in our society.

Speakers: Tola Dabiri - UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Larissa Borck - Swedish National Heritage Board



12:00 - 13:00


Parallel sessions 13:05 - 14:35


Opportunities for digital cultural heritage and the public domain, under the EU Copyright Rules moderated by Paul Keller

What do the new EU copyright rules mean for your institution? How can they open up possibilities for sharing and using digital cultural heritage? What does this mean for the public domain?

With the EU Copyright Digital Single Market Directive being implemented across Europe over the next 18 months, now is an opportunity to learn what this means for research, education and reuse.

Bringing together perspectives from the Europeana Research, Copyright and Education communities, our speakers explain the new rules and their impact on the re-use of content, explore copyright scenarios from our data partners and the audience as well as help you to get your networks engaged in conversations around copyright.

Finally, Sebastiaan ter Burg tells us about the activities happening internationally on 1 January - public domain day. Let’s celebrate making content available for everyone to enjoy!

Steven Stegers - EUROCLIO, Sebastiaan Ter Burg- Open Nederland, Dr. Antje Schmidt - Head of Digital Strategy, Museum für Kunst und Gewebe Hamburg, Jurga Gradauskaite - Attorney-at-law, Lithuania (and member of the Copyright Community Steering Group)

Room 1

EuropeanaTech Unconference moderated by Clemens Neudecker - Berlin State Library

Do you want to talk all things tech? Have you got a burning question you’d like members of the EuropeanaTech community to respond to? Then join the EuropeanaTech Unconference.

EuropeanaTech is the community of experts, developers and researchers from the R&D sector within the wider Europeana Network Association. It provides the expertise and technical know-how that allows Europeana to keep growing and improving. Together, we make sure that Europeana doesn’t just keep up-to-date where technology is concerned; it leads the way.

In this EuropeanaTech Unconference, we’re opening the floor to the community. Share your questions, concerns, problems and goals in a moderated setting. Use the open call for discussion topics and you will help set the agenda on the day by voting for the topics you want to see opened up.

Room 2

Communicating the value of digital culture to stakeholders moderated by Susan Hazan - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

How effective are you at demonstrating your impact when you engage with your stakeholders? Are you confident you understand what they need to know about the value of digital cultural heritage? And how does that relate to the objectives you need to promote for your own organisation?

To inform their decision-making, stakeholders in the cultural heritage sector need information about the value and impact of the sector’s activities. In this session, the Europeana Impact and Communicators communities help you look at how to translate the value of your activities into communications that are relevant to and support your stakeholders’ agendas.

In this workshop, you’ll hear our presenters’ share their own experiences and then take part in a workshop in which you can exchange your views, challenges and experiences and take positive steps towards translating your impact into effective stakeholder communication. What we uncover together will help to shape the next stages of the Europeana Impact Playbook and give the Europeana Communicators food for thought for the development of useful resources and activities to support you.

Speakers: Dafydd Tudur - The National Library of Wales, Katherine Heid - European Economic and Social Committee, Eleanor Kenny - Europeana Foundation   



14:35 - 15:20

How was your journey? Moderated by Harry Verwayen 

15:20 - 15:30

Wrap-up & Closure by Marco de Niet - Leiden University Library 


End of the Event