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2 minutes to read Posted on Wednesday August 29, 2018

Updated on Wednesday September 5, 2018

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Gregory Markus

EuropeanaTech Community Manager , Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

The next steps for EuropeanaTech

The EuropeanaTech community has been growing over the last nine years. With Europeana Network Communities in focus this month, we get insights from one of the more established communities, learn how they continue to gain momentum and find out what's coming up next.

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Illustration by L. da Vinci on theories of vision. | Leonardo da Vinci, Wellcome Collection, CC BY

Just a few months on from the third EuropeanaTech international conference in May 2018, it’s become more apparent than ever just how important the EuropeanaTech community is to Europe and the world’s rapidly evolving technical landscape that offers millions access to digitised cultural heritage.

The evolution of a community

The EuropeanaTech community was born out of the EuropeanaConnect project which ran from 2009-2011. From then, the EuropeanaTech community has been under the responsibility of the Europeana Research and Development (R&D) team, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and an invaluable rotating cast of R&D partners (Humboldt, ONB, Sheffield, INESC-ID, AIT).

The beauty of EuropeanaTech is that the community operates as a diverse technical network. EuropeanaTech serves as an umbrella body: everyone can come together to ask questions, share projects and transfer knowledge. Further, the community is so diverse and large that people and institutes that are part of the community are always engaged in interesting research, publishing new insights and presenting their work around the world.

Due to the ever-expanding constituency of EuropeanaTech, at the June 2018 Members Council Meeting, those behind EuropeanaTech along with members of the Members Council took a different perspective and began to collectively reexamine the shape of the community, the areas of focus within it, and how we can further empower and engage members. The meeting and the follow-up conversations that occurred since have been a wonderful catalyst for moving forward and will serve to strengthen the community in the future.

L. da Vinci manuscript notebooks MS A, Leonardo da Vinci, Wellcome Collection, CC BY
L. da Vinci manuscript notebooks MS A, Leonardo da Vinci, Wellcome Collection, CC BY

Next Steps for EuropeanaTech 

In the meantime, the community will continue to do what it does best. In the second part of the year, there are a handful of important conferences including SWIB, TPDL, DCMI, Semantics and the IIIF Winter meet-up. From the coordination side, EuropeanaTech is currently involved in three Task Forces; the Innovation Agenda, EDM Governance and Resource Citation/Object Identity Standardisation. We are also set to release further editions of EuropeanaTech Insight, final reports coming from DSI-3 and the GLAM tech news series that will give more attention to the technical side of the Europeana Network Association.

Find out more

For now, those learning more about EuropeanaTech can find out more on our page. If you’re not a member of EuropeanaTech but would like to join, you can sign up via the Europeana Network Association. You can also follow us on Twitter.