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Europeana Cloud

Work in Progress - an introduction to Europeana Cloud project (2013-5)

Alastair Dunning

on 31 July 2013

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Europeana Cloud
Europeana is not just the portal at europeana.eu
One of the most significant challenges is how to sustain that ecosystem
Europeana Cloud
starts to address these issues
A shared space for European Cultural Heritage
It draws on notions
of the commons, a shared physical space for citizens to interact
Some of the issues
33 partners
plus two unfunded partners
4.75m Euros
funded by European Commission as part of PSP-ICT Programme
7 Work Packages
CIP-ICT-PSP-2012-6 - Project number 325091
WP 1 Assessing Researcher Needs in the Cloud and Ensuring Community Engagement

WP 2 Developing the Infrastructure for Europeana Cloud

WP 3 Exploiting Europeana Cloud with services and tools for researchers
WP 4 Ingestion of Content and Metadata Development

WP 5 Sustaining the Europeana Cloud: Legal, Strategic and Economic Issues

WP 6 Dissemination and Networking

WP 7 Project Management
Europeana Cloud will be a shared space that will allow members of the Europeana eco-system share data more easily.
To ensure Europeana Cloud can meet these ambitions much planning needs to be undertaken. What are the legal, technical and financial issues that need to be addressed ?
Feb 2013
to Jan 2016
Three partners are contributing to this initial version of Europeana Cloud - The Polish Digital Library Federation, The European Library and Europeana itself.
What does the project mean for me ?
Content Partners
There are 20 content partners within the project

They will work with the ingestion team at The European Library to present 2.4m metadata records to Europeana Cloud.

The metadata will be Creative Commons 0, according to the Europeana Data Framework

The metadata will be then via available for distribution via Europeana

The project also wants to harvest content (5m items of digitised text, image and audio) for non-commercial use. This can come from partners inside or outside the project.

We also want the content partners to contribute to the long-term planning for Europeana Cloud. How best does is work for you ?
Exposure of your institutional collection on multiple international stages
Helping build and using the new Europeana Research
The project will explore how the infrastructure and data within Europeana can help researchers.

Members of the DARIAH network form a vital part of the team. They will assess research needs and provide recommendations.

The output will be a new platform based on Europeana data, called Europeana Research.

Tools will be developed on top of the Europeana data store, allowing researchers to discover, transcribe, annotate and generally exploit the data held within Europeana Cloud.
To be successful in the long termResearchers, the Europeana Cloud infrastructure needs to be sustainable and trusted by the Europeana Network of aggregators and content providers
Therefore, the project will work not just with funded partners but also the Network to discuss and understand how a shared Europeana digital space should be constructed in a way that respects the needs of aggregagtors and content providers.
There are a whole range of legal, technical and economic issues that the project partners will discuss with the Network over the lifetime of the project
Metroon - 'the official archives
of a Greek city, where all citizens
could freely enter'
http://saveenginecommon.co.uk/?page_id=6Common land (a common) is land owned collectively or by one person, but over which other people have certain traditional rights
Common Land - "Common land (a common) is land owned collectively or by one person, but over which other people have certain traditional rights"
Town Square / Piazza - 'A collection of human experiences that preserve numerous cultural values'
Helping shape Europeana Cloud for your collections
1. Europeana Foundation, Netherlands
2. Ariadne Foundation, Belgium
3. Athena Research And Innovation Center In Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies, Greece
4. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) Germany
5. Questa.Soft Gmbh (Central And Eastern European Online Library, Ceool), Germany
6. Consortium Of European Research Libraries (CERL), United Kingdom
7. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
8. Debreceni Egyetem, Hungary
9. Fundación Dialnet, Spain
10. Hrvatska Akademija Znanosti I Umjetnosti, Croatia
11. Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Nationalbibliotek Og Kobenhavns
Universitetsbibliotek, Denmark
12. Kennisland, Netherlands

13. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen -
KNAW, Netherlands
14. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
15. Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER), Netherlands
16. Cinecitta' Luce, Italy
17. MDR Partners, Limited (MDR), United Kingdom
18. Kansallisarkisto, Finland
19. Llyfrgellgenedlaethol Cymru (NLW), United Kingdom
20. Narodni Technicka Knihovna Nationaltechnical Library, Czech Republic
21. OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), Netherlands
22. Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Germany
23. The Open University (OU), United Kingdom
24. Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan (PSNC), Poland

25. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
26. Universiteit Van Tilburg, Netherlands
27. University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
28. The University Of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
29. Goeteborgs Universitet, Sweden
30. Universite Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium
31. Universitaet Bielefeld, Germany
32. University Of Patras, Greece
33. VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
34. DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities), Germany - unfunded
35. "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Romania (unfunded)
Europeana is an ecosystem of aggregators and museums, libararies, archives that work together to provide access to cultural heritage
"It is clear that the long-term sustainability of aggregators is both key to the ongoing success of Europeana, and therefore to the benefits delivered to both users and content providers, and also a significant challenge.

At the earliest possible stage in their funding aggregators must investigate all options for their ongoing viability and imaginatively approach this problem by considering the widest possible range of approaches available to them."
Financial Sustainability of the Aggregation & Syndication of European Digital Cultural Content
Different Systems
Even though there are similarities between
their tasks, Each aggregator uses different technical systems to run their service. This creates added costs in terms of hardware, software and skills required at each aggregator
Transfer Costs
Because of the different systems used each, time and money is spent in transferring data from content provider to aggregator and then fmo aggregator to content provide. Multiple processes and protocols are established then again adding friction to the process of sharing
Costs of Storage
Each aggregator should be keeping a storage copy of the metadata they have received. And therefore each aggregator needs to develop their own solutions and its own funding to do this
One-way sharing only
If metadata is enhanced or added to (whether via enrichment or user-generated content) it is difficult for aan aggregator to share this with another aggregagor or indeed return to the content provider. Equally it is difficult for an aggregator to get hold of others' metadata if itwants to create its own user-facing service
Reduced Scope and Ambition
Because each aggregator is concentrating on survival there is little room to expand to provide new service, for example harvesting content rather than metadata
What will
Europeana Cloud
allow members to do ?
Share Systems

By sharing and developing a single system, each aggregator reduces the costs behind running its systems

Reduce Transfer Costs

In a shared environment, the time and cost in sharing content can be reduced to minimal values

Reduce Costs of Storage

Any member of Europeana Cloud will automatically have their data stored by another partner in a second location. Thus the costs of storage are reduced. (Um, maybe)

Share Metadata

Any member of Europeana Cloud can share, use and enrich metadata. Versioning ensures that original (versions) are maintained

Share Content

The increased capability of Europeana Cloud means it has the ability to store content as well as metadata
SO who is part of this European Cloud
But the long-term ambition is to create something for all Europeana aggregators (and interested cultural heritage institutions as well )
EU Funding Contribution - 3.8m Euros (80%) Matched Funding from partners - 950k Euros (20%)
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