Cultural Heritage: Europeana Foundation Releases 2018 Annual Report
2018 was, of course, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a year-long operation by the European Commission to get more people interested in and involved with cultural heritage. We happily joined them in this mission, running an ambitious campaign on the theme of cultural heritage and migration. The Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU gave us opportunities to support EYCH and to have an input into its legacy, whilst positioning Europeana at the centre of digital cultural heritage for the next decade.
Under our new service contract with the European Commission, the Europeana Foundation leads a consortium to operate the Europeana Core Service Platform. Following the direction outlined in the Evaluation of Europeana, we are shifting our focus to supporting cultural heritage institutions in their digital transformation. This year we’ve worked on improving systems and infrastructure behind the scenes, making it easier and more rewarding for our data partners to share collections with us. And we’ve improved how those collections are displayed and linked online, making finding and working with them a much more inviting and productive endeavour.
From creating educational resources to entertaining GIFs, and from sharing personal migration stories to developing professional expertise at EuropeanaTech, it is always a thrill to see how Europe’s digital cultural heritage is increasingly being integrated into and transforming lives on a day-to-day basis.
About Gary Price
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.