Clustering content Europe wide

It’s great to see the Europeana Collections 1914-18 project get under way, bringing together sizeable digital collections from a range of European librares, and focussing them on a particular theme – in this case World War One The concept of clustering of digital content on a particular topic has been on the radar for a […]

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Don’t Take Alcoholic Drinks on Mondays

1916 poster, published by the National Organising Committee for War Savings Taken from the collection, Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict – The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information, hosted by the Visual Arts Data Service. The image also featured on the facebook page for Europeana

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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, […]

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European Digital Libraries Funding Opportunities

The European Community recently held a meeting in Luxembourg to inform potential applicants about their the ICT Policy Support Programme. 30 million Euros have been allocated to the digital libraries strand which aims to improve accessibility, use and preservation of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural and scientific heritage. The call is broken up into six […]

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Workshop on Digitisation of Library Material in Europe

Following the successful Workshop on the Digitisation of Library Material in Europe held in 2007, LIBER and EBLIDA will hold a second edition that will take place at the Royal Library of The Netherlands from 19 to 21 October 2009. Topics in the programme are: public-private partnerships, new economic models, digitisation needs of research and […]

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Europeana – UK Conference 26th June

        Do you have your collection on-line? Do you want it to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible? If you answer ‘Yes’ to either of  these questions then having your collection accessible through the flagship European portal is something you should seriously consider. However you might not have heard of Europeana or […]

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Europeana asks for Feedback

Europeana, the portal for the cultural collections of Europe, is now fully functioning and looking for feedback. The ups and downs of Europeana have been followed by this blog in a number of past posts, so it is good to see it in full working order, and looking to improve the user experience. Tell us […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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European Conference on OCR and Mass Digitisation

From the IMPACT project, a European Union project which is aiming to create a centre of excellent for the digitisation of textual cultural heritage Introduction On 6 and 7 April 2009 the IMPACT project will organise a conference on OCR in mass digitisation projects. This conference will focus on exchanging views with other researchers and […]

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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 […]


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 […]