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2 minutes to read Posted on Friday April 19, 2019

Updated on Wednesday June 12, 2019

EuropeanaTech 2019 Activity Plan

In the summer of 2018, the Europeana Network Association established itself around six communities (Education, Impact, EuropeanaTech, Research, Copyright and Communicators). One of the first core actions was to develop an activity plan for 2019. The EuropeanaTech steering group hereby present the current form of the EuropeanaTech 2019 activity plan.

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Notes and diagrams. Image taken from f. 171 of Notebook ('The Codex Arundel').
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The current steering group consists of EuropeanaTech community managers, Gregory Markus and Antoine Isaac and Europeana Members Council members, Kate Fernie, Georgia Angelaki, Clemens Neudecker, Stephan Bartholmei, Marco Streefkerk, Ina Blümel and Henk Alkemade.

This activity plan provides an overview of the EuropeanaTech Community so that the Community is informed and can find new ways to get involved in areas that are of interest to them.

EuropeanaTech 2019 Priority Topics

3D content in Europeana

A ENA Task Force has been set up with the aim of increasing the inclusion of 3D cultural heritage in Europeana Collections and to make it available for use in education, research and in the creative industries. The expected outcomes are 1. Development of guidance and FAQs for 3D creators and cultural heritage institutions on publishing 3D media online in the context of Europeana and its users. 2. Identify viewers and 3D media formats recommended for support in Europeana Collections, and means of linking and embedding 3D content for Europeana and Europeana aggregators. 3. Development of the Europeana Publishing Framework to provide guidelines for 3D objects at each tier.

Artificial Intelligence in the Europeana context

The objective of this activity is to do a horizon-scanning exercise and to start investigating the expected role and impact of AI in the digital cultural heritage domain. The expected outcomes of this activity will be an Initiation Document (position paper/white paper) that will collect use cases and set the pointers for future work, e.g. dedicated TF proposal, pilots, etc.

Interoperability of annotations and user sets

A ENA Task Force has been set up with the aim of fostering interoperability across the applications and projects in the Europeana context that produce, publish and/or consume annotations and user sets, by maturing the specifications that are used in the process, notably in terms of data models and APIs. The expected outcomes are: 1. Identify relevant cases for annotations and user sets coming from different projects. Identify different categories of annotations in scope, what types of requirements these annotations need to answer. 2. Formalise best practices and specifications to make the data interoperable, focusing on existing EDM profiles for annotations and user sets and APIs.

Implementation of EPF 2.0

Data quality remains a central issue for Europeana. Identification of tools, examples, etc, is needed to help data providers better understand how to implement the EPF guidelines. The expected outcome of this activity is a position paper to create deeper understanding of the options and workflow parameters for the implementation of the metadata quality requirements of the EPF 2.0. Once this is better understood, awareness-raising activities could be developed for data providers and aggregators. This can be done in partnership with relevant experts from the Europeana Aggregators' Forum, the Data Quality Committee, Europeana Common Culture and other Generic Services projects.

All of these activities will investigate potential for synergies and collaborations for planning, running and delivering other projects and programmes within (and when relevant, outside) the Europeana context.

The EuropeanaTech steering group will also try to keep an overview of different (research)projects, programmes and more specialised communities and encourage them to share knowledge and results within the community.

Ongoing work in the EuropeanaTech Community

Data Quality Committee

EDM governance Task Force

Task Force on Resource Citation & Object Identity

How to get involved in EuropeanaTech and learn more

EuropeanaTech offers several ways to stay up-to-date on things happening within the community and different ways to get involved. The first step is to join the EuropeanaTech community. You can learn more about that via the Europeana Join Us page. Joining EuropeanaTech will give you access to our mailing list, an invaluable resource of R&D and technical professionals from around the world. It will also make you eligible for EuropeanaTech task forces and working groups.

You can learn more about the community via our Twitter account: @EuropeanaTech or via EuropeanaTech Insight, our very own publication for and by the EuropeanaTech community. EuropeanaTech community members are encouraged to propose blogs or different editions of EuropeanaTech Insight to share their work with the entire Europeana Network Association.