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NETWORK NEWSLETTER | JUNE 2020
A Vision for European Cultural Heritage 2025, 2018, Bulgaria, Sebastiaan ter Burg, Europeana Foundation, CC BY
Dear <<First Name>>,

This month, we tell you about Europeana’s work around ‘Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19’, and invite you to take part in the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of digital and cultural heritage. We introduce to you the three priorities of the Europeana Strategy 2020-2025, and tell you about how the Europeana Aggregators Forum is shaping its role within the Europeana Initiative.

We introduce and invite you to get involved in Europeana's ‘Discovering Europe’ season and update you on some Generic Services projects. Finally, we introduce my fellow Councillor Pilar Irala-Hortal, invite you to various digital events, and remind you to renew your Europeana Network Association membership before summer! #AllezCulture!

Vera Kriezi
Europeana Network Association Members Council
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MEMBERSHIP


Don’t forget to renew your Europeana Network Association membership before summer!

We truly value your membership of and contribution to the Europeana Network Association (ENA) and hope you wish to keep working with us to exchange knowledge, expertise and best practice in our six special interest communities. To continue benefiting from your membership, we ask you to confirm that you wish to renew your commitment to ENA by 1 October 2020. As a current member, you should have received an email with a membership confirmation request. If you haven’t, please check your spam folder. We look forward to hearing from you!
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FEATURED


European Commission seeks your views on future of digital and culture

The Commission is evaluating one of its main policy instruments on digitisation, online access and digital preservation of cultural heritage material. The aim is to gather stakeholders’ views - that’s you - on if the policy recommendation that’s been in existence since 2011 needs updating. Specifically, it wants to know how to better reflect the sector’s digital needs and challenges and increase the potential benefit of Europe’s cultural heritage for society.

Our sector has a valuable contribution to make to Europe’s recovery in a post-crisis world, with digital culture playing a key role. The results of this consultation will help shape related policy, priorities and funding at national and EU level for years to come. Your voice is critical.

We invite you to respond to their consultation survey before 14 September and make sure that the voice of the cultural heritage sector is heard.

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I believe EU support for digital technologies for the #CulturalHeritage sector is vital. Do you? Respond to the @EU_Commission’s consultation by 14 September to have your say: https://bit.ly/2YOHEYF #AllezCulture #BuildDigitalCapacity #EuropeanaCommunities
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Affisch, Blekinge museum, Public Domain

IN THE NEWS


Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19

As COVID-19 changes and challenges the cultural heritage sector, the importance of building capacity for digital transformation is clearer than ever. Working together, the Europeana Foundation, Network Association and Aggregators Forum have developed a phased project to help identify and shape a capacity-building framework based on the needs of our sector.

You can read about the project and our special workshop series around ‘Digital Transformation in the time of COVID-19’ through a dedicated page on Europeana Pro, register to hear more, and follow and share the hashtag #BuildDigitalCapacity across social media.
 
New Europeana Strategy 2020-2025: a cultural sector powered by digital

A new strategy for the Europeana Initiative covering the next five years imagines a cultural heritage sector powered by digital and empowered to make that digital change by Europeana. In this series, we look at the strategy and talk to some of the people who will drive it.
  • Read an overview of the strategy and find out why it’s now more important than ever.
  • Read about the first strategic priority - strengthening the infrastructure.
  • Read about the second strategic priority - improving data quality.
  • Read about the third and final priority of the strategy - build capacity.
Split = Spalato : stara obala i dio Dioklecijanove palače = riva vecchia e parte del palazzo Diocleziano, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain
Introducing Europeana's ‘Discovering Europe’ season

While cultural tourism has been badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, cultural heritage continues to act as inspiration for individuals across Europe to explore the continent’s history, sites and art. Our ‘Discovering Europe’ season will highlight Europe’s rich natural beauty and cultural heritage to inspire travel to local and alternative destinations. Read more.

Cultural heritage professionals can explore news and information related to tourism in the cultural heritage sector through a dedicated page on Europeana Pro. Let us know if you have initiatives, projects and resources related to cultural tourism we could profile.
 
Explore Generic Services projects

We recently explored two finalised Europeana Generic Services projects, co-funded under the European Commission’s CEF Telecom program. In the Europeana Media project, partners worked together to provide a novel, open source universal audiovisual player on Europeana collections. Read more. The Fifties in Europe Kaleidoscope project delivered content on the topic of the 1950s in Europe and developed experimental approaches to digital photographic heritage. Read more.

NEWS FROM THE AGGREGATORS’ FORUM


Shaping the role of the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum within the Europeana Initiative

At its meeting in May 2020, the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum approved various changes to its governance structure, agreed to set up its own task forces and working groups, and welcomed a closer alignment with the Europeana Network Association.
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Dubrovnik = Ragusa, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain

NETWORK NEWS

Updates on successful initiatives and inspiring activities from our Members Council and communities.

Professionals in Focus: Pilar Irala Hortal

Europeana Members Councillors have diverse jobs and wide experience across the heritage sector, but are united by their passion for digital cultural heritage. In this newsletter, Pilar Irala-Hortal, Director of the Archivo Fotográfico Jalón Ángel, discusses her work in the archive and enthusiasm for bringing photographic heritage to wider audiences. Read more.

The new EuropeanaTech Audiovisual Playout in Europeana Task Force aims to investigate audiovisual playout possibility and capabilities for Europeana Foundation and content providers based on new international developments and standards. There are spots available so let us know if you’re interested in being a member.

Have a look at the latest Communicators community latest newsletter, watch all four editions of the Culture From Home webinar series and share with #EuropeanaCommunities.

SCHEDULE


What’s on in July?

Check out the Europeana Pro Events page and share with #EuropeanaCommunities.


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