Milestones: Europeana Celebrates 5th Birthday and Access to 30 Million Objects
Happy Birthday to Our Friends at Europeana.
From Today’s Announcement/Blog Post:
This November, Europeana – Europe’s digital library, archive and museum – celebrates two significant milestones – its fifth birthday and the arrival of its 30 millionth cultural object, [our emphasis] two years ahead of the 2015 target.
Today Europeana brings together the online collections of 2,300 galleries, libraries, museums and archives from across Europe, through both its website and an API. This means that anyone anywhere from members of the public to those working in the creative industries can explore Europe’s cultural heritage and build their own services, apps or games with it.
And it isn’t just about historical documents and old masters – the 30 millionth item to be available via Europeana is a delightful animation that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2012. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books that return the favour.
Over the past five years, Europeana has become a driving force in the world of digital cultural heritage.
The Europeana model was adopted by the Digital Public Library of America, and the organisation has become a global leader in areas such as open access. In 2012, Europeana created a watershed moment in open access when it released its entire dataset, 20 million items at the time, under a CC0 dedication, making all of its metadata freely available for use by all and reinforcing the importance of public domain for creativity.
Read the Complete Blog Post (Including a Comment by Jill Cousins)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.