Europeana Open Data Case Studies Workshop
On 29 January Europeana together with INA is organizing a workshop in Paris on open data case studies, connected to the re-use of cultural heritage data. Registration is open (see previous link) until 22 January. The organizers write: "Europeana and Institut National d'Audiovisuel (INA) invite representatives from the cultural sector, Wikipedia, and business design to discuss and analyse 5 real life examples of services based on Open Data, identify the value created by those services and discover what lessons can be learnt from them. We will invite five organistions who have developed, or are in the final stages of developing services that use Open Data, to present their cases to this panel. The output of this meeting will be a publication that will be shared widely across the GLAM sector, serving as an inspiration for the services that can be created through the re-use of Open Data. Background Over the past 10 years there has been a strong desire to open up cultural heritage to a wider audience via the World Wide Web. This push has been based largely on the belief that cultural history belongs to everyone, but also on the axiom that Open Data would generate large societal and economic benefits. It would increase digital literacy, bridging cultural diversities, and it would fuel a new, digital economy. Europeana was largely built on these same principles. It was established in 2008 to open up access to Europe’s cultural heritage so that new creative works and services would be developed on top of it. Over the past 5 years we have aggregated over 20 million metadata objects from over 2000 Museums, Libraries and Archives, and we have taken all the steps necessary to make these available in a standardized and open format. On September 12 the complete set was released for the first time under the CC0 Public Domain waiver. With that we’ve laid the foundations, but the building is far from finished: We need to work together as cultural institutions and creative industries to reap the opportunities that we have sown. To do this successfully, we need to demonstrate what can be achieved with Open Data."