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Data Quality Committee

Quality is a key priority for our whole community! The Data Quality Committee works to address key data quality issues over time.

Formally defined as a Europeana Network and EuropeanaTech Working Group, the Data Quality Committee is a standing committee that works on the various facets of the data quality challenge over time with a particular focus on reuse and discovery of cultural heritage scenarios. We believe it is crucial to tackle data quality issues at every level of the data exchange chain from its creation to its publication. We have gathered together experts from various backgrounds (metadata experts, software developers, search and retrieval experts) to help us capture all the issues.

Data Quality Committee Mission Statement

Work areas as well as specific tasks will be defined and prioritized as the Committee sees fits and regularly reported and submitted for ratification to the community, notably the Europeana Aggregator Forum. Items such as mandatory elements for ingestion of EDM data, data checking and normalisation, data completeness have been already added on the menu.

Discovery - User scenarios and their metadata requirements

We defined our main requirements in terms of discovery and information-retrieval requirements. A series of usage scenarios have been created reflecting information-access user needs (based on the Europeana user personas), listing current metadata issues for a given scenario and then proposing future actions. These scenarios focus specifically on metadata and are not tackling any challenges regarding the user interface or the user experience in Europeana Collections.

Multilingual saturation score

The multilingual saturation score is a score for multilinguality which can be applied on statement, property or record level. We defined a simplified schema which is the basis for the measurement assuming that each statement in a property can have one of the following values: a literal, a literal with a language tag, a URI (ideally to a controlled vocabulary). Learn more in this presentation.

Note that the implementation work described in this presentation is still ongoing and is subject to changes.

Presentations and publications

Progress updates



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Antoine IsaacCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Adina CiocoiuCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM


Valentine CharlesCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Juliane StillerCompany: You, We & DigitalCountry: UnknownDomain: Academic Research
Anila AngjeliCompany: National Library of FranceCountry: FranceDomain: GLAM
Kate FernieCompany: 2Culture AssociatesCountry: United KingdomDomain: Creative industries
Tom MilesCompany: The British LibraryCountry: United KingdomDomain: GLAM
Marie-Véronique LeroiCompany: Ministry of Culture and Communication FranceCountry: FranceDomain: Government
Vladimir AlexievCompany: OntotextCountry: BulgariaDomain: Creative industries
Werner BailerCompany: Joanneum ResearchCountry: AustriaDomain: Other
Eleonore EmsbachCompany: German Film Institute & Film MuseumCountry: GermanyDomain: GLAM
Francesca SchulzeCompany: German Digital LibraryCountry: GermanyDomain: GLAM
Gretchen GueguenCompany: Digital Public Library of AmericaCountry: United StatesDomain: GLAM
Péter KirályCompany: GWDGCountry: GermanyDomain: Education
Regine SteinCompany: Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto MarburgCountry: GermanyDomain: GLAM
Shenghui WangCompany: OCLCCountry: United StatesDomain: GLAM
Jef MallietCompany: Flemish Government. dept. of Culture, Youth and MediaCountry: BelgiumDomain: Government
Nuno FreireCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Hugo ManguinhasCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Sergiu GordeaCompany: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHCountry: AustriaDomain: Academic Research
Cosmina BertaCompany: German Digital LibraryCountry: GermanyDomain: GLAM
Marco RendinaCompany: European Fashion Heritage AssociationCountry: ItalyDomain: GLAM
Gerda KochCompany: AIT Angewandte Informationstechnik ForschungsgesellschaftCountry: AustriaDomain: Other
Nicole EmmeneggerCompany: Netherlands Institute for Sound and VisionCountry: NetherlandsDomain: Other
Henning ScholzCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Eleftheria TsoupraCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Fiona MowatCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM
Maša ŠkrinjarCompany: Europeana FoundationCountry: NetherlandsDomain: GLAM


  • Fiona Fieldsend, DigitalNZ