Category Archives: Europe

Digitisation in Europe – The New Renaissance

The European Union’s Comite’ des Sages recently published The New Renaissance, a proud call-to-arms for the digitisation of Europe’s cultural heritage. There are plenty of questions it raises and some of the recommendations will be very difficult to put into practice. But as a lofty statement of intent it’s a powerful document and very welcome, … Read more

EU Funding for Digital Libraries and Content

The EU recently held a meeting in Luxembourg to inform potential applicants about their the ICT Policy Support Programme. 25million Euros have been allocated to the digital libraries strand with the specific objectives of Developing services to improve the usability of Europeana Aggregating content for Europeana Digitising content for Europeana Open access to scientific information … Read more

Europeana slips back onto our screens

With somewhat less fanfare than its original launch, when thousands of budding Europeans scrambled online to enter the search time “Mona Lisa”, the European cultural heritage portal Europeana has gone online. The portal and design seems quite impressive, and technically, there appear to be few glitches. However, the level of metadata is quite disappointing – … Read more

Portal for European heritage available online (sort of)

The European Union’s Europeana portal project was launched yesterday, offering user access to a wealth of cultural heritage content, harvested from the continent’s museums, archives and libraries. There has been some scepticism about the long-term success of the project, especially in regards to its sustainability model and it’s ability to deflect users away from Google … Read more

Podcast: Why is Google showing us the way forward in digitisation? asks senior UK librarian

The recent LIBER-EBLIDA workshop on digitisation of library material in Europe explored some important challenges facing national and university libraries across the continent as they attempt to join together to deliver a “European Digital Library”. In this podcast interview Paul Ayris, librarian at University College London and a senior figure in these European developments, depicts … Read more

Building the European Digital Library: calls for greater cooperation

A major European conference on digitisation came to an end today with a call for greater cooperation between countries and increased investment in digitisation at the highest political levels. The three-day LIBER-EBLIDA conference in Copenhagen brought together representatives from national and university libraries across Europe to discuss how digitisation can support moves towards making available … Read more