The Europeana Research Community launched its first task force. It investigated researchers' needs from a particular angle and through a wide-ranging inquiry.
The Europeana Research Community’s aim is to support professionals at cultural institutions to get a deeper understanding of researchers’ needs where they concern the use of digitised or born-digital cultural heritage and digital tools. In line with this aim, the task force will work on recommendations for the benefit of the Europeana Foundation and the Europeana Network Association, paying particular attention to the most used applied technologies for data acquisition and management, visualization and analysis in Research.
These recommendations will be used at the cultural policy level with the goal of soliciting investments supporting cultural heritage institutions in their digital transformation. The document will also foster the Open Science principles in the field of cultural heritage, in addition to the FAIR data ones, by promoting an improvement on the current licensing framework. It will be finally used to draw up an implementation plan for the forthcoming Europeana Research Strategic Plan.
In concrete, the task force will contribute to investigating the state of art in data re-use and requirements. After analysing prior work done within Europeana, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and other initiatives, it will set up a survey about researchers’ needs that can also help identify the trends in the current academic approaches to digital resources and tools in the multiple fields of the Humanities and to collect experiences matured at cultural institutions. The survey will be disseminated within research communities at national or European level, in addition to the Europeana Network Association. The task force will also conduct interviews with representatives of research projects on Cultural Heritage and Humanities funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme and of initiatives related to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These interviews will focus on the benefits coming from transnational projects that involve both research and cultural institutions.
Expected Outcomes of the Task Force
A document formed by distinct sections: a report on researchers requirements concerning the re-use of digital cultural heritage, followed by recommendations addressed to the Europeana Foundation and the Europeana Network Association in order to set up appropriate strategies enhancing the scholarly community’s awareness of the opportunities arising from the re-use of digital cultural heritage and digital tools; the re-use of digital cultural heritage for research purposes at cultural and research institutions; the sharing of digital cultural heritage through international projects funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme and the European Open Science Cloud, as a multidisciplinary environment for all European researchers to access, process and share data.