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Fifties in Europe Kaleidoscope

The project aimed to leverage photographic content in Europeana on the topic of the 1950s in Europe by developing crowdsourcing campaigns and an online exhibition. 

Posted on Monday March 16, 2020

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
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Lány a traktoron (girl on the tractor)
Sándor Bauer fényképész

About the project

Fifities in Europe Kaleidoscope aimed to leverage photographic content in Europeana on the topic of the 1950s in Europe and connect European citizens with the post-war generation whose dreams of a better life led to the establishment of the European Union.

The Fifties in Europe Kaleidoscope delivered more than 18,000 new cross-border cultural content from the 50s across Europe. In this way, it helped to address the Europeana 20th century black hole and made available new and richer resources for creative reuse.

The project also organised four crowdsourcing campaigns across Europe which collected more than 8,000 user annotations related to the content available on Europeana collections website. Not only did the campaigns create a deeper engagement with the topic but also contributed to improving the user experience on Europeana collections through the submitted enrichments.  

The project created an online exhibition “Blue skies, red panic” for Europeana collections. The editorial offers a photographic journey through Europe in the 50s an era of division – between east and west, liberty and repression, terror and euphoria – but also a time of growing abundance and modernity. 

Together with the CultureMoves project, the consortium developed a MOOC “Creating a Digital Cultural Heritage Community where students and citizens can learn about digital curation and annotation and how to create a community for digital cultural heritage through innovative practices for user engagement. 

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This project was a Europeana Generic Services project, and it was co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

Project partners

  1. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) - Belgium (coordinator)
  2. PHOTOCONSORTIUM - International Consortium for Photographic Heritage (PHOTOCONS) - Italy
  3. Coventry University (COVUNI) - United Kingdom
  4. Ajuntament De Girona - Centre De Recerca I Difusió De La Imatge (CRDI) - Spain
  5. National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - Greece
  6. Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (IMEC) - Belgium
  7. Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) - Germany
  8. Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium - Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique (KIK-IRPA) - Belgium
  9. Topham Partners (TOPFOTO) - United Kingdom
  10. National Széchényi Library of Hungary (OSZK) - Hungary

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