Network Update - February 2017

“This month we are telling you more about our recalibrated Europeana Strategy 2020 which was developed in close collaboration with members of the Network. You’ll also get updates on the BP 2017, Task Forces developments, the #AllezLiterature campaign, the Art Nouveau season and a lot more. We’re continuing our “Meet your Councillors” series with profiles of Karin Glasemann, George Homs and myself, where we tell you a little more about our activities and roles as Councillors. #AllezCulture

Merete Sanderhoff

Chair of Europeana Network Association
Image by Europeana CC BY-SA

A Call to Culture: recalibrating our 2020 Strategy

After the Dutch Council Conclusions on Europeana of May 2016, we decided together with our stakeholders and the Europeana Network to review our strategy. The opportunity at this midpoint is to accelerate our progress and make sure we are doing everything we can to harness the power of our shared culture for positive impact. Our strategy update has been developed around three priorities: making it easy and rewarding to share high quality content; scaling with partners to reach wider markets; and engaging people in both Europeana Collections and through Europe-wide campaigns.

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Step 3: the Business Plan 2017

This business plan introduces our aims for 2017, and how we will be working together to make them a reality. This year's business plan sets out how we’ll carry out our revised Strategy 2015-2020. It was created through valuable discussions with our partners and Network Association, and reflects the views of our broad community.

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Come forward and join one of our newly set-up Task Forces

Four TFs (Advanced documentation of 3D Digital Assets - Impact Assessment - Europeana Resource Citation and Object Identity Standardization - Network Participation Framework) went through the approval mechanism of the Members Council and will start their work shortly. Two open seats are available for network members on each TF - if you’d like to join one of them, please let Gina van der Linden know by March 10, 2017.

#AllezLiterature; the new #AllezCulture campaign

With the end of the art-based Europeana 280 campaign, we are opening a new chapter with the launch of #AllezLiterature. Organised around three main phases, this new thematic campaign will focus on libraries and archives and run on social media in the first half of 2017. And while it continues to explore our shared human experience through culture it focuses on a new medium: words, in all their forms and languages. A dedicated #AllezCulture Members Council Working Group will support this campaign.

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Civil society calls on EU leaders to recognise fundamental role of cultural heritage for the future of Europe

On 3 February 2017, 40 European heritage networks that form the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 and that includes Europeana urged EU leaders to recognise the fundamental role of Europe’s shared cultural heritage for bringing people in Europe together. This is an important initiative that will lead to the momentum for cultural heritage in Europe prior, during and after the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018!

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Europeana Collections launches the Art Nouveau season

Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art explores from Feb to May 2017 the depth and diversity of this influential art movement. It encourages audiences to enjoy beautiful works in a variety of media, such as jewellery, poster design and ceramics. Users can discover the work of influential artists and explore Art Nouveau’s distinctive geographic variations.

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In Brief

Our friends from Archive Portal Europe Foundation (APEF) send out regular newsletters that are worth your attention; if you wish to contribute or register, please send a message to Marta Musso.

The Maria Sklodowska Curie Project Initial Training Network (ITN) on Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) Final Conference will take place on May 23-25 in Slovenia; deadline for Extended Abstract submission is March 10.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York adopted a new Open Access policy that will make all images of public-domain artworks in the Museum's collection available for free and unrestricted use (CC0).

Image: Stonehenge | Frith, Francis, Rijksmuseum, public domain
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