Within the Europeana Space project, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision leads the EuropeanaTV pilot, which experiments with the re-use of video content in an interactive TV setting. The pilot has been active for over 1 year, and Kelly Mostert reports on the results and lessons learned so far.
Within the framework of Europeana Space a number of hackathons are organised to develop tools for using Europeana content. The Hacking Culture Bootcamp hackathon, held in Amsterdam between May 8 and May 10 this year, focused on creating multiscreen experiences with digitalized historical footage from Europeana. In the hackathon seven teams of participants from different backgrounds created new multiscreen digital tools to engage with cultural heritage. For EUscreenXL we participated with a team of six.
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Hack your Heritage! A campaign organized by the Finnish OpenGLAM-working group AvoinGLAM, including a three-day hackathon, had the aim to create something new out of Finnish cultural heritage, be it applications, design concepts, games or videos. The Video Poetry Marathon was one event among many.
Watch Neelie Kroes’ plea to embrace open culture
The Potential of Open Data
- Poland: Artspace, developed by Agata Dzieka and Marek Sredniawa, promotes access to art in everyday situations. It means the Europeana collections can be made available in public places such as coffee shops, libraries, schools, and hotels. Making use of LCD displays and an online Collection Management System it allows a “Virtual art leasing” service and a highly personalised curation.
- Latvia: Europ.in, developed by Eriks Remess, Maksim Berjoza and Uldis Bojars, makes searching, navigating and sharing Europeana content more fun. Even simple search results are displayed in a highly engaging visual manner which can then easily be used to navigate further or retrieve details about an individual record.
- Belgium: Stackathon, developed by Senne Van Der Bogaert, Mehmet Celik and Wouter Aerts, is a mobile phone app that allows you to create personal online guides to art or art critiques. The app allows users to search and select artworks in Europeana and then, using the phone as a recording device, add audio comments to the selected artwork, before sharing online.
Europeana and Open Data
As Europe’s digital museum, library and gallery, Europeana www.europeana.eu has grown from a portal of two million digitised objects in 2008 to a repository for 23 million objects with 2200 partners across Europe. Today, it is at the forefront of promoting open cultural data in support of digital innovation across Europe. Access to online open data fuels creativity and innovation and creates opportunities for millions of Europeans working in Europe’s cultural and creative industries. The sector represents 3.3% of EU GDP and over €150 billion in exports. Supporting the European Commission’s Digital Agenda, Europeana is working to make data openly available to the public and private sectors so it can be used to develop innovative applications for tablets and smartphones and to create new web services and portals. Through its Data Exchange Agreement, with partners across Europe, it is moving towards the goal of making the data for 23 million cultural objects available for re-use under open licence.
More info on the EUscreen blog
- What is Linked Open Data? on 21 March 2011
- Business Models for Open Data on 2 December 2011
- Television Archives Join Linked Open Data Movement on 29 September 2011
- EUscreen Linked Open Data Pilot
- Relevant Sources: Open Cultural Data