Europeana Network Update
May 2014

Europeana's Rights Labelling Campaign reaches its final phase

In 2013 Europeana started a rights labelling campaign with the goal to have no more digital objects in the database without a rights statement. At the moment, we have reached the final stage of the campaign and are on track to reach 0% unlabelled by summer 2014.Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage Joris Pekel gives an update and explains why it is so important to have proper rights labels here.

Local providers will soon be able to provide content directly to Europeana Cloud using LoCloud  

This month, we featured our partner project LoCloud on the Europeana Pro blog. They are developing a cloud-based technology infrastructure for aggregating local content and plan to make 4 million records from institutions all over Europe available in Europeana. The technology will be especially useful for small and local institutions looking to provide their data. LoCloud made a really nice video that explains the project in more detail, to view click on the image above.  

All apps created with Europeana content now available in one place

Ever wondered what apps were out there that have used Europeana’s open data and API? Well, now it’s easy to find out. Europeana Labs has placed all the apps conveniently in one place. Click here to view them.

A first glance into the future of EU copyright reform - we have put forward our position

Social media has been buzzing with comments on a draft version of the European Commission’s impact assessment on copyright reform that is circulating online. Europeana has made its position on copyright reform clear via its response to a public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules. A summary of it is available online. We know that copyright reform is a topic of great interest to members of the Europeana Network, so whilst we wait for the final report to be published, Paul Keller, Vice Chair of Kennisland shares his thoughts here.

If you would like some more information on Europeana's IPR policy please contact our IPR and Policy advisor Julia Fallon (pictured right).

Tired of just looking at paintings - VanGo Yourself

VanGoYourself  a Europeana Innovation created as a pilot for the Europeana Creative challenges by Culture24 in the UK and in Luxembourg, is a genuinely different and  fun way for tourists to engage with heritage. 

How does it work - pick a painting from the selection on the VanGoYourself website recreate the famous scene, take a snap and upload it. Your master will be twinned with the original artwork. 

The service will be used by tourism offices, museums, cities, tour guides, etc. to promote specific destinations, sites and events. To read more please click here.

Linked bibliographic material from RLUK now more readily available 

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) have partnered with Europeana’s library aggregator The European Library (TEL) to allow for the ingestion of Linked Open Data (LOD) from research libraries. As a result of this partnership over 17 million bibliographic records will soon be released as LOD.

Read more about the major Linked Open Data innovations in the library domain

In preparation for a hackathon, The Europeana Library promoted 7 innovate Linked Open Data case studies of libraries across Europe. The libraries features are: The British Library - BL; The French National Library - BnF;  Cambridge University Library; The National Library of The Netherlands - KB; King’s College London; The Spanish National Library - BNE; The German National Library - DNB. To read more about these case studies please click here.

New Governance Structure Update - Europeana Network Officer's mandate extended until October

We are nearly ready to share our proposal for a new governance structure for Europeana with you.  This proposal has been developed by a working groups of experts and network members, who were tasked with proposing a structure that is inclusive of our stakeholders, ensures greater representation of the diversity of our Network and encourages a greater sense of mutuality.  The working group has presented the proposals to the Network Officers and the Europeana Board - and we are currently processing and acting upon the feedback we received from them.  
Our aim is to share our proposal for a revised governance structure to you by the end of June so that we can receive your feedback before the summer, and make good progress by the time we meet AGM in October. Please rest assured that the Network Officers will continue meanwhile to be the representatives and advocates in the Europeana Foundation. To read more about the Network Officers please click here.  

Europeana's Data Model (EDM) used in the creation of linked open data site for schools and researchers in Australia

The site Linking History has been created for use as a research tool by students participating in the History In Place project. Students used the site to learn more about their subjects and to identify resources for inclusion in short films they were creating about their local history and people. The information was mapped online to locations in Australia's capital city, Canberra.
The resulting films were uploaded to the Culture Victoria website and to the Portrait of a Nation website (which has subsequently been archived).

We are working like busy little bees to improve Europeana Professional

We have heard your views on Europeana Professional and are now working hard to make sure the site is more user-friendly and meets your needs. As a result, content, structure, navigation and functionality will all be improved. Alongside the new Pro site, we are creating an archive to store all project results and documents to make them available for re-use. 

Job Opportunity Europeana - Backend Developer

Do you have experience in software and Java development? Are you excited by the challenges and the opportunities about agile methods of distributed software development? Are you passionate about applying your skills in the domain of cultural heritage and working in an international environment? Then why not apply for this position? Find out how here.
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