Inspiring first EUscreen Open Workshop

The first EUscreen Open Workshop has taken place in Mykonos City, Greece, on June 23 and 24. The programme of the first day was filled with presentations about the practices within EUscreen whereas the programme of the second day contained presentations about the developments within other European projects.  A detailed report of the workshop as well as the presentations will be online shortly.

This workshop has been the first of nine workshops which will be organised during the course of the project. Every workshop will focus on one or two aspects of the EUscreen project. This one focused on metadata schemes and content selection policies. Over 60 participants have travelled to Mykonos to attend the workshop. The next EUscreen event will be the 1st EUscreen International Conference on Content Selection Policies and Contextualisation in Rome. More information about this conference will be announced later this week.

The first EUscreen Open Workshop on Metadata Schemas and Content Selection Policies has started

Over 60 participants traveled to Mykonos for the EUscreen Open Workshop on Metadata Schemas and Content Selection Policies on June 23-24. A warm welcome to all participants and a general introduction was given by Sonja de Leeuw, project co-ordinator of EUscreen. The focus for the first day lies on the developments within EUscreen: the EUscreen content selection policies and guidelines, the metadata elements and the roadmap and workflow for content providers. Also, participants will get a preview of the backend and the frontend of the portal. The second day will be dedicated to presentations about practices in other European projects, like Europeana and PrestoPrime.

The EUscreen Open Workshop on Metadata Schemes and Content Selection Policies starts in one week from now

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Date: 23-24 June 2010.
Location: KDEPAM Conference Centre, Mykonos City, Greece.

Only one week to go before the EUscreen Open Workshop starts next Wednesday at the KDEPAM Conference Centre in Mykonos City, Greece. The conference programme promises to be very interesting, with on day 1 presentations about the development the EUscreen project has made since its start in October 2009 and on day 2 an update on the latest developments within other major European projects.

On the first day, workshop participants will get a preview of the EUscreen portal and the mapping and annotation tools. Also, the handbook on content selection guidelines and metadata definition will be released.

On the second day, two sessions will be held: one about metadata and one about applications. The metadata session contains presentations about EBUcore by Jean-Pierre Evain from the European Broadcasting Union, the EFG metadata schema by Julia Welter from the European Film Gateway, the activities within the Media Annotation Working Group by Tobias Bürger from W3C and the Europeana Data Model by Carlo Meghini from the EDM Group. The applications session will highlight various applications through presentations about what users can do with multimedia by Natasa Sofou from WeKnowIt, use of linked data by Guus Schreiber from NoTube/Free University of Amsterdam,  automatic metadata extraction by Marco Bertini from VIDI-Video & IM31 and the PrestoPRIME project by Johan Oomen from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Günter Mühlberger from the University of Innsbruck Library.

Registration for the workshop is still open. A social event has been planned on Wednesday evening. Participants who would like to join can subscribe to this event during arrival on the first day.

Today book release “Archives 2020” by Virtueel Platform about digital archives

By Wietske van den Heuvel

The book Archive2020 – Sustainable Archiving of Born-Digital Cultural Content discusses the many issues that arise when digital content is being archived. Although a lot of material currently is being digitised, other digital material threatens to disappear from the public domain. This is due to software and hardware developments, migration issues and the rise of fast Internet connections. Together with experts from the field of digital archiving, the Virtueel Platform conducted a research on the sustainability of digital archives, content and culture. The book can be downloaded as a pdf or ordered for free, both on the website of Virtueel Platform.

EUscreen present at various conferences

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Delegates of EUscreen have been present at a number of conferences and meetings in the beginning of June, disseminating the results of the project. Johan Oomen did a presentation during the TERENA Networking Conference in Vilnius about the relation between EUscreen and Europeana. The slides of this presentation are included here.

Johan Oomen also attended the EuroITV2010 Conference in Tampere, were he showed a demo of EUscreen and Video Active. Sally Reynolds highlighted the value of EUscreen for education during the EDEN Conference in Valencia in a session about networked learning and web 2.0 studies. The Kungliga Biblioteket in Stockholm hosted an event for the delegates of the Romanian Academy Library, where Christoper Nátzen gave a presentation about EUscreen. The end of June will be devoted to the first EUscreen Open Workshop on Metadata Schemes and Content Selection Policies, which takes place next week in Mykonos.

Invitation for Concepts in Context – Conference on Interoperability and Semantics in Knowledge Organization

Press release by Europeana

Venue: Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Date: July 19-20, 2010

In cooperation with the German National Library, the Institute of Information Management at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences has organised Concepts in Context, the conference on Interoperability and Semantics in Knowledge Organisation. The talks present current developments in the field of knowledge organisation, especially theoretical foundations for interoperability and semantic enrichment.

The conference will offer a platform for discussing recent developments and activities to improve interoperability and search functionalities of knowledge organisation systems with internationally renowned information specialists like Stella Dextre Clarke, Maja Žumer and Dagobert Soergel. It will also present and assess several ideas and models which have been developed in the context of two current research projects, CrissCross and RESEDA.

The programme as well as further information and a registration form can be found on the conference website.

Europeana Publishes First White Paper: Knowledge = Information In Context

Europeana press release

Europeana is proud to announce its first White Paper: a look at the key role linked data will play in Europeana’s development and in helping Europe’s citizens make connections between existing knowledge to achieve new cultural and scientific advances.

Linked data gives machines the ability to make associations and put search terms into context. Without it, Europeana could be seen as a simple collection of digital objects. With linked data, the potential is far greater, as the author of the white paper, Prof. Stefan Gradmann, explains.

He uses an example from the experimental Thought Lab to show how a search for ‘Paris’ intuitively leads to connected concepts like items in the Louvre, a Paris-based institution. It also gives the option to see paintings portraying people named Paris, such as the Greek prince, who abducted of Helen of Troy. From there, more links point the way to topics like the ‘myth of Paris’ or the mythical Apple of Discord – a golden apple that sparked a dispute and eventually led to the Trojan War – and then on to the forbidden apple eaten by Adam and Eve.

This is just one example of how linked data will allow Europeana to propose connections between millions of items from Europe’s heritage. These connections can then be used to generate new ideas and knowledge, on a scale not possible before.

“Strange as it may seem, this is the way lots of original artwork is conceived: through mental operations based on shifts of meaning, connotation and personal association,” says Prof. Gradmann, an expert in semantic technology, a professor for Library and Information Science at Humboldt University in Berlin and someone heavily involved in the building of Europeana.

Prof. Gradmann places this advanced search technology at the heart of Europeana’s purpose.

“One of Europeana’s main roles should be to help Europe’s citizens create a new era of knowledge from our shared culture and history.”

The publication of the White Paper follows the recent release of another key document from Europeana, the Public Domain Charter. The Charter emphasises the importance of preserving and keeping the Public Domain accessible to those who own it: the public.

EUscreen presentation during TNC2010

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Today, Johan Oomen will be showcasing EUscreen during the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2010) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference is hosted by the Lithuanian National Research and Education Network (LITNET). TNC is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference – over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend.

The presentation about EUscreen is part of the session Media and Content which focuses on a few important content distribution video portal services that demonstrate the usefulness of video sharing, both in education and research and in on-line presentation of cultural heritage. Besides EUscreen, SURFmedia, Mediamosa and SWITCHcast will be showcased. The session can be followed live.

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