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2 minutes to read Posted on Monday October 12, 2020

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Andy Neale

Technical Director , Europeana Foundation

Europeana DSI-4 Aggregation Strategy

This strategy aims to provide medium-term direction for the aggregation of European cultural heritage metadata and content. Read the executive summary and download the full strategy. 

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In addition to supporting the needs of the Europeana APIs and website, technical developments for Metis (the platform used by the Europeana Foundation to manage the aggregation of collection datasets from aggregators and cultural heritage institutions) need to consider the digital transformation needs of cultural heritage instiutions and aggregators in line with the Europeana Strategy 2020-2025. Aggregators need to see faster and more efficient publishing options, and CHIs need to see more value from being involved. The expectations of increased speed, improved data quality, and continual growth will put significant pressure on services.

Based on user research, six use cases were explored, covering the use of current services, more regular updates, faster publishing, easier onboarding, improved data quality and improved content support. In response to these use cases, seven goal areas have been proposed as an interlocking solution to focus on over the coming years:

  1. Maintain the current Metis service

  2. Speed up dataset updates

  3. Involve contributors in testing 

  4. Enable fast track publishing workflow

  5. Add new data source options

  6. Encourage data enrichment

  7. Investigate content hosting

Central to this strategy is the concept of an Extended Sandbox, that will provide aggregators and cultural heritage institutions with ways to speed up the publishing process and support digital transformation with new reporting and enrichment tools.

Download the full strategy below. 

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