Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Workshop in Stockholm: “European Cultural Heritage online. Aggregation and semantic web”

Photograph: Caspar Almelander

On the 23rd of May 2012 the EU funded project Linked Heritage and Digisam (the Swedish national coordination secretariat for digitisation of cultural heritage) at the Swedish National Archives have organised a workshop in Stockholm on two main themes: ”Cultural Heritage Aggregation in Europe” and ”Semantic web”. Audiences were the Linked Heritage project consortium and professionals from the cultural heritage institutions in Sweden. 

The workshop started with a welcome message from Börje Justrell, director of the ICT Departement at The National Archives (Swedish partner in the Linked Heritage project) who also made a brief presentation of the project and it’s main objectives - aggregating content to Europeana and coordinating standards and technologies for the enrichment of Europeana.

Breandán Knowlton, programme manager at Europeana Foundation, presented Europeana project, initiative of the European Commission, mostly known today as a continuously growing online access point for millions of digital items (photos, books, paintings, films, archival records, etc) from the cultural heritage institutions from all over Europe. Breandán highlighted also the importance of publishing digital files as Linked Open Data, which means files are licensed for free use and easily accessible, usable and re-usable.

After this Rolf Källman, director of Digisam presented the secretariat and our work with coordination of digitisation, access and preservation of digital cultural heritage in Sweden.

Christophe Dessaux from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication presented the aggregation of digital cultural heritage data to Europeana, demonstrated by examples from various European projects, followed by more detailed presentations of some of the projects, in particular Linked Heritage project. Henrik Summanen, National Heritage Board presented SOCH (Swedish Open Cultural Heritage) and Peder Andrén from the National Archives presented EU-funded project APE-net (Archives Portal Europe). Main topics were the use of the standards and possible options in developing the aggregation process. Focus was particularly on LIDO-standard, which was presented by Regine Stein from the German Documentation Center for Art History.

The second theme was dealing with how cultural information is presented on the web portals today and what possibilities there are for optimising search options. The potential in semantic web, through the use of linked open data was presented by Gordon McKenna from CollectionsTrust.

Marie-Véronique Leroi, French Ministry of Culture and Communication, presented terminologies and multilingualism for digital cultural heritage were specially highlighted as well as collaboration with Wikipedia and their role as a forthcoming actor in this field. Jakob Hammarbäck made a presentation of Wikimedia Sweden.

All the presentations from the workshop are available at the Linked Heritage website.

Workshop was also followed by an additional workshop on virtual exhibitions, organised by MICHAEL Culture Foundation working group on innovative services, presenting some best practices examples and innovative projects on virtual exhibitions. See here for more information:

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