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.
An accreditation scheme launched in 2019 by the Europeana Aggregators' Forum empowers aggregators to support their contributing institutions and to give those institutions greater assurances in the skills and knowledge of their aggregators, with the goal of working towards improving the quality of data in Europeana Collections.
Today, thanks to the development of the Europeana Publishing Framework, it’s possible to measure the quality of any record in Europeana Collections. Here’s an insight into just some of the activities that have helped us to reach this point.
Supporting cultural heritage institutions to improve the quality, openness and usefulness of their digital collections is vital. To this end, quality guidelines related to metadata have been added to the Europeana Publishing Framework. In this Pro News series, we look at what this standard for metadata means in practice, why it’s important and how we have worked with our partners to reach this milestone.
There are tens of millions of items on Europeana Collections but we know that not all of them are easy to find or easy to use and that can be frustrating. So we’re working hard to improve that.
How easy an item is to find or to use depends in part on the types and quality of the information we have about it. This post looks at how Europeana is supporting cultural heritage institutions to improve the digital files (content) and the accompanying information (metadata) that they provide for both new and existing collections.
Since January 2015, Europeana has been one of the European Union’s Digital Service Infrastructures (DSI). In this series, we will look at some of the Europeana DSI activities, giving you a greater understanding of the endeavours and challenges we’re working on right now. We start with the cultural heritage itself. It’s what Europeana is all about.
In June, we highlighted a new European Commission report confirming continued Member State support for Europeana and for common efforts on digital preservation. Now, let’s look more closely at how Member States - through their ministries of culture - are working with aggregators to encourage the use of standards for digital culture and what that means for the data provided by your own institutions.
In June, we highlighted a new European Commission report confirming continued Member State support for Europeana and for common efforts on digital preservation. Here, we look at where and who the report comes from and how it relates to the work of cultural heritage institutions across Europe.
You probably know what your institution is doing for digitisation. You might even know a bit about national policy in your country. But do you know what the picture is across the EU? The new European Commission report on Cultural Heritage: Digitisation, Online Accessibility and Digital Preservation confirms continued Member State support for Europeana and for common efforts on digital preservation.
This February, the Access to Biological Collections Data (ABCD) Schema released ABCD 3.0. Mareike Petersen from the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin explains more about the motivations for the expansion, what’s changed, how it’s been received by the community and what’s next for this two-decade old Schema describing our natural heritage.