Report: “Europeana Begins Building the Common European Data Space for Cultural Heritage”
From a Europeana Pro Blog Post:
Europeana is at the heart of the common European data space for cultural heritage, a flagship initiative of the European Union to support the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector. As of September 2022, together with our partners we have started turning the data space into a reality and we are excited to share what’s in store for the next year.
Through the data space, we will continue empowering cultural heritage institutions across Europe to share digitised cultural heritage content with higher quality metadata and fostering its reuse among even wider audiences – from teachers, researchers and creatives to culture lovers and curious minds. And much more – the data space offers an unprecedented opportunity to boost advanced digitisation and data-driven innovation, build capacity and develop new models of cooperation in the cultural heritage sector and beyond.
What’s in store between now and summer 2023?
In year 1 (September 2022 – August 2023), we are excited to focus on four strands of work:
- Exploring the next generation infrastructure: We will look into expanding the functionalities of the current Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (Europeana DSI) and will investigate innovative scenarios for renewed aggregation models. We will closely collaborate with the Data Spaces Support Center to make sure the data space will be fully interoperable with the other 13 data spaces put forward by the European Commission, as well as with relevant European, national and regional initiatives.
- More high-quality data: We will work with the cultural heritage community to increase the amount of high-quality, usable and accessible data in the data space, with a special focus on 3D. We will also develop and put in place data governance mechanisms to ensure data is used and shared in a trustworthy, transparent and fair way.
- Build capacities and foster reuse: We will develop training tools and services to support cultural heritage professionals in making high-value datasets available for reuse. We will also encourage the use and reuse of cultural data among education, research, creative industries, tourism and media communities.
- Digital services for the public: We will continue to develop the Europeana website, engaging audiences with digital cultural heritage in a way that’s user-friendly, interactive and multilingual. We will promote diverse and inclusive storytelling for more people to discover, use and reuse cultural heritage content online.
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.