How can we together make the Europeana Initiative, both as a platform and network, a rewarding experience? In my view, the quality of the user experience on the platform is directly linked to a resilient and diverse network of professionals. As a Councillor, I want to encourage to reflect together upon issues of representation, biases, and diversity in collections data, dissemination activities, and the network itself.
As a trained cultural anthropologist with a strong network in the European digital cultural heritage sector, I wish to open up GLAM institution by digital means. In my view, this includes licenses as open as possible, high-quality data, rich metadata and participation of diverse audiences. In the past, I have both worked with national aggregators and cultural heritage institutions. With a background in research about digitization of cultural heritage and management of museums, I connect both academic and practice fields.
As part of the Europeana 2019 Conference, a dedicated session discussed ways to improve inclusivity and diversity in the Europeana Network Association, and how best to pursue meaningful and sustainable action in this area. In this post for Europeana Pro, Tola Dabiri and Larissa Borck reflect on their experiences as speakers at this session, and what inclusivity and diversity means to them.
The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, or Tekniska museet, was one of the first cultural heritage institutions in Sweden to share their data through their national aggregator, and today, more than 128,000 of their objects are available on Europeana Collections. In this guest post, Larissa Borck of the Swedish National Heritage Board interviews Anders Lindeberg-Lindvet, curator at the Tekniska museet, to talk about the importance of openly-licensed content and contributing to Europeana’s Industrial Heritage collection and Europe at Work season.
Europeana’s current season, Europe at Work, invites people to share stories about working lives past and present. In this post, we offer ideas and inspiration on how cultural heritage institutions can use social media to engage audiences with the season and showcase their own material.
The Europeana Common Culture project aims to improve the content from Europeana’s national aggregators, as well as support their collaboration and deliver a rich programme of events focused on building capacity in the cultural sector. In this guest post, Larissa Borck from theSwedish National Heritage Board - a Common Culture project partner - discusses their open-access webinar series, ‘Open GLAM now!’, which explores how museums and cultural heritage institutions can open up to audiences with the help of digital data and media.
Earlier this month, we launched the Europeana Migration campaign with three collection days at the House of European History in Brussels. Here’s a glimpse at this special event, which will be followed by similar events throughout 2018 all over Europe.