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2 minutes to read Posted on Monday July 6, 2020

Updated on Wednesday April 21, 2021

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Gina van der Linden

Event Manager , Europeana Foundation

Europeana guide to organising online events

When large parts of Europe went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Europeana events team and the Europeana Network Association’s specialist communities had to start to work very differently. Big physical events went digital. Face-to-face discussions became screen-to-screen. The focus of conversations changed. The need to connect to other people was more important than ever.

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The Europeana Network Association communities developed their own webinars. For example, Europeana Communicators’ series of four ‘Culture From Home’ webinars looked at how cultural institutions were turning online to connect with their audiences. Europeana Education delivered several webinars in conjunction with their partners and Europeana Copyright ran webinars on ‘Copyright and OpenGLAM’. While the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum - usually a two-day in-person event - went entirely virtual this year. And our ‘Europe Day’ webinar was attended by around 500 people. 

The Europeana Community and Partner Engagement team has the responsibility of coordinating these events to make sure they benefit the communities and the sector at large, that the programme of events is consistent and coherent and that individual events are well-managed. 

This document is a work-in-progress. It is being designed so that we have a set of useful and usable guidelines for digital events organised by Europeana or organised in cooperation with Europeana.

See also the recording of our webinar: Running webinars - what we've learnt so far.