December 18, 2014

Copyright: New Organization: Linked Content Coalition Launches in Europe

From the News Release: Executives from news media, publishing, TV, film, music, IT and internet media businesses (see list here) have got together with existing standards and licensing organisations to work in coalition on a cross-media global project that will result in better and easier management of copyright in the online world. [Clip] Its remit […]

Digital Heritage: European Library Uses First Data from ENUMERATE

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via the Europeana Web: The European Library is pleased to announce that we were able to use the first set of data made available by the ENUMERATE project (www.enumerate.eu). The data provided by ENUMERATE helped The European Library identify digitised collections across Europe which will be essential for the newly-developed content strategy. This effort clearly […]

Collections Trust Secures €8m Investment to Bring Collections Online

From a CT News Release: The Collections Trust has secured major European Commission investment in projects worth a total of €8m to help museums, archives and libraries share their collections online safely and sustainably. EUROPEANA INSIDE is a €3.8million research and development project in partnership with 10 leading Collections Management Software providers, all of whom […]

New Online: Usability Testing Report of the The European Library Website Alpha Version (March 2012)

From The Report’s Executive Summary (via Europeana Web Site) In order to measure the quality of the new European Library portal, The European Library office conducted a series of usability tests in January and February 2012 on the alpha version of the website. Twenty volunteers — about 30% — from our partner network conducted the […]

Europe: "Making the Case for Open Data" (Conference Slides)

From the European Public Sector Information Platform (ePSIplatform Blog) In her video message EC Vice President Neelie Kroes called upon the ePSIplatform Conference 2012 participants to go out and make the case for open government data. The European Commission DG Information Society has published an assessment of the different models of supply and charging for […]

Europe’s eBooks on Demand Service Now Available From 30 Libraries

From an eBooks on Demand Announcement: The eBooks on Demand (EOD) service, which enables to order digital copies from copyright free books, is now provided by 30 libraries in Europe. The recent libraries offering the EOD eBooks are: National Library of Sweden, Library Am Guisanplatz in Switzerland, the Central Library of Slovak Academy of Sciences […]

Europe: More Than 10 Million Digitized Newspaper Pages Coming to Europeana

From LIBER: A group of 17 European partner institutions have joined forces in the “European Newspapers” project and will, over the next 3 years, provide more than 10 million newspaper pages to the EUROPEANA service. The European Newspapers project (funded under EC’s CIP 2007 – 2013) aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The […]

Europe: Two New National Open Data Portals Set to Launch Soon

via the ePSIplatform Web Site: 1. Estonian Data Portal At End of Month At a conference organised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on open government data, the data portal was said to be ready at the end of February, and to be made available under the URL opendata.riik.ee. Currently the URL shows […]

Europe: "Loosen Up Copyright Law, Says Dutch Government"

From a Radio Netherlands Report: The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide “copyright wars.” The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do “creative remixes” of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise. [Clip] [Bent] Hugenholtz, […]

Update: Access More Than 14,000 Historic TV Clips From Across Europe (Free)

From JISC: Over 14,000 items of archived TV footage from 17 European countries are now available via the EUscreen online portal. EUscreen – the result of collaboration between 36 partners across Europe – provides a rich insight into Europe’s television heritage with content dating from the 1920s to the present day. The portal includes rare […]