6 Internal Site Search Recommendations to Europeana

Fani Partsafyllidou Project Updates
How can we facilitate the use of Europeana's digital collections in History education? 6 Internal Site Search Recommendations

Each sector approaches our cultural heritage in a different way; an artist needs to find items with high resolution, or with a specific colour -- a history teacher needs to find items that are dated and curated. This means that search engine optimizations has to act differently according to the user's profession or to provide different filtering options specialized for each sector. Ultimately, the aim of the research is to provide insight on how Internal Site Search can be customised for History.

 

 

Needs

assessment 

EuroClio worked on technical suggestions that will facilitate searching for historical sources in Europeana platform. These recommendations are based on the preferences and search behaviour of the educational community. To find these out, EuroClio conducted a field research on needs assessment.

The findings showed that the more contextualized an item is, the more useful it is for history education, provided that the item is of historical interest in the first place. In fact, Items with adequate, comprehensible descriptions are 58% more likely to be included in a lesson[1].

However, most objects do not have a description, which makes searching difficult. Meanwhile, the prospect of having all European items (48 million, in May 2020) curated by professionals is not probable in the foreseeable future.

Currently, stakeholders acknowledge the importance of curation, but find an obstacle in the perception that curation is not scalable, that millions of items cannot possibly be curated. This is exactly the issue we want to contribute solving in EuroClio.

 

 

Challenges 

 

 

Solutions

In this research we will share 6 recommendations for new functionalities in Europeana's internal search engine that will result in automated curation. These new functionalities use the data we already have on each item, then process them and combine them, creating more information.  Out of those 3 recommendations:

 

  • 3 filters determine -> Is the item of historical interest? Is it curated?
  • 2 functions enhance metadata
  • 1 function improves sorting the results

This research is part of the activity ‘Improving Discoverability’ of the project ‘Opening Up Historiana’, a Digital Single Infrastructure activity, part of Europeana DSI-4. It is implemented with the financial support of the CEF Telecom Programme of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission. The aim of the project is to promote the digital collections of Europeana from the scope of historical education. This research explores the preferences and the search behaviour of history teachers, which is a valuable element of the Needs Assessment. Its purpose is to make sure that the technological developments in Europeana and Historiana meet the current needs of the European educational community.

Please find our suggestions here.

[1] Digital innovation in History Education – a Field Research on Needs Assessment p. 23

 

Fani Partsafyllidou

MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean

Digital innovation in History Education – a Field Research on Needs Assessment

Fani Partsafyllidou Project Updates

In Digital innovation in History Education – a Field Research on Needs Assessment, EuroClio conducted a survey targeting history educators in order to conclude on the following questions:

  • What kind of sources are history educators looking for? Why do they select the sources they select? Why are they not selecting the sources they do not select?
  • What are the search words that history educators are using? Which of the advanced search options are history educators using?

The findings of this research are briefly mentioned below.

 

  • Items with adequate, comprehensible descriptions are 58% more likely to be included in a lesson. Out of the sources that the teachers selected, 79% had a long, meaningful, and easy to understand accompanying text, whereas 21% had not.
  • The search keywords that the history teachers use are more abstract than the words that are found in the descriptions.
  • If an item has an adequate, comprehensible description, a history teacher can identify related historical concepts in short time.
  • Interactive ways of presenting the search results, namely in a Map and in a Timeline, are highly recommended by the educational community.
  • Europeana’s existing filters are highly useful for teachers.
  • An additional filter to search by historical period would be beneficial for 88% of history teachers.
  • 96% of history teachers find filtering by country useful. However, 84% of them explain that, they need to search the place that the source refers to, not the place of origin.
  • Metadata regarding time, place, and people, have to reflect the content of the source, not the item itself as an object, in order to maximise their effectiveness in the study of History.

How is this research connected to Historiana and Europeana?

This research is part of the activity ‘Improving Discoverability’ of the project ‘Opening Up Historiana’, a Digital Single Infrastructure activity. It is implemented with the financial support of the CEF Telecom Programme of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission. The aim of the project is to promote the digital collections of Europeana from the scope of historical education. This research explores the preferences and the search behaviour of history teachers, which is a valuable element of the Needs Assessment. Its purpose is to make sure that the technological developments in Europeana and Historiana meet the current needs of the European educational community. This research can be of great interest for the Digital Humanities sector.

Fani Partsafyllidou

Studied History & Archaeology, with an MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean

Input Needed: EuroClio Network Needs Interest Survey

EuroClio EUROCLIO , , ,

Here at EuroClio, we understand that all of us are trying our best to maintain as much normalcy in and out of work during these strange and uncertain times.

In an effort to better support you, we have created this survey to inform the agendas of upcoming courses and webinars, as well as our outreach and content creation. If you could please take a few minutes to share with us your needs, preferences, and expectations, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Section I: Needs and preferences

We will create a space on our website for you to receive updates and make use of new resources. There, we will also have a suggestion box where we hope you will provide questions and concerns that will inform agendas for the Virtual Office Hours and future webinars. In the meantime, please submit some topics you'd like to discuss above.

Section II: Informing upcoming webinars

Webinar I: How to use online teaching tools

Webinar I: How to use online teaching tools

Webinar I: How to use online teaching tools

Webinar II: Creating coherence, not chaos

Webinar II: Creating coherence, not chaos

Webinar II: Creating coherence, not chaos

Section III: Other

Demographic information registration, and unaddressed needs/interests

Is there anything we missed? Please tell us here.





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Surviving under pressure – Testimonies on the coronavirus outbreak

As the coronavirus pandemic gains traction across the world, there is no doubt that we are living through truly historic times.

People deal with situations of crises in a myriad of ways. We are keen to hear from history educators and the EuroClio community how the crisis affects your work, but also your state of mind and how the crisis is dealt with in your local communities. Witnessing this history "in the making", we call on anyone interested to contribute with short testimonies or stories through our online form (see below). How are you coping with lock downs, absence from work, friends and family? How do you keep yourself entertained, challenges and educated? We hope you may find this 'live recording' - whether daily or occasional - a therapeutic and beneficial exercise.

Additionally we hope that this might in fact become a useful resource for the future. After all, as historians, we all appreciate various testimonies, diaries, photographs and other records of past times. While living through a difficult time that certainly will be remembered in decades to come, we hope to make a small contribution towards the future interpretation of the current pandemic.

We encourage everyone to contribute with a short diary-like entry using the below online form and we hope to publish at least some of these in some form or another in the future. You may of course chose to stay anonymous in your contribution if you so wish.

Please stay healthy!

1. Contact Details

These questions are needed, so that we can link all of your experiences in one documents, were you to fill more than one form. You can decide to remain anonymous if you do not want your name to b published alongside your testimony.

The testimonies will have more impact if the reader can know a little bit about your background. You can present yourself by mentioning your age, your country, your profession, your city and anything that you deem relevant to your testimony. Click yes if you have already introduced yourself in a previous form, click no if this is your first form.

2. Your testimony

These questions are is included in order for us to create a format for everyone to follow. Below, you can add any other comments that you feel were not covered in our questions.

In this section, please describe the current situation in the world / in your country / in your city. Has any big announcement been made? Are people respecting the rules? Tell us about the current circumstances that you are experiencing.

How do you personally react to what you mentioned above? How is this affecting you personally?
( A word or a sentence is enough)

Describe something that is particularly hard for you. Are you far from your family? Do you have problems with your job? Do you find passing time difficult?
( A word or a sentence is enough)

Describe something that keeps you going. Does a local initiative warm your heart? Did you have a good call with a friend you had not talk to in a while? Did you find a way to fix something that you had trouble with for a while? (A word or a sentence is enough)

Did you encounter any posters, everyday scene or anything that you wish to attach to your testimony? Please upload it here.

3. Anything else?

Please add anything that has not been covered in the above questions. Is it not text? Then send an email to outreach@euroclio.eu mentioning your name and the date of your testimony and your extra material will be added to this form upon publication.

Join EuroClio’s General Assembly 2020

EuroClio Association, EUROCLIO

Hello everyone!

On behalf of the EuroClio Board, we would like to invite you all to join EuroClio's General Assembly (GA)! It is open to all of our members and is meant to democratically discuss how the Association is doing.

As you know, the General Assembly was set to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, embedded in our 27th Annual Conference. Unfortunately, due to health and safety regulations implemented throughout Europe to face the spread of covid-19, we decided to postpone the Annual Conference to the Fall.

We decided, however, to hold the General Assembly when it was originally planned, on 04 April 2020 from 16:00 to 18:00. The General Assembly will be held online.

Why attend the General Assembly?

One of the most important events in the annual calendar of EuroClio is the General Assembly, as it allows our members to discuss the Association's results of the year, the budget for the coming year, and plans for the future.

In addition, this year, the GA will elect a new board member, re-elect two audit committee members, and vote on a new application for full membership. While only the full members can vote on those decisions, every member (individual, associated or full) can attend the GA!

The General Assembly 2020 will take approximately two and a half hours. You can access all the documents regarding the General Assembly here.

How to attend the online GA?

EuroClio will be using the platform zoom.us to host its GA. Zoom is a video conferencing platform that you can access from your computer.

To join the meeting, you will need to register at this link: (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mtd-mrqDsieVDe-QQ4hzl-ZIH4NuI0ew). On 04 April, you will just need to click on the link in your internet browser, register via google or facebook, and you will join us in the online meeting room. We would invite you to join at 15:45, so that we are ready to start at 16:00.

We hope to see many of you online!!

 

Public Report Potsdam Training December 2019

EuroClio Project Updates, Report

The fifth Learning to Disagree training took place in in Potsdam, Germany from 13 to 15 December 2019. It was organized by EuroClio in cooperation with the Georg Eckert Institute and the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam. Nineteen history and citizenship educators were present from the following 17 countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. During the training, they continued to work on the project results, especially on familiarizing themselves with the Training Package that has been created to support the organisation of the National Trainings. The National Trainings will be organised between February and July 2020 to disseminate the final products to the wider community of history educators.

This meeting was conducted within the framework of the EuroClio Erasmus+ project “Learning to Disagree” (L2D) which runs from September 2017 - August 2020.

The 3-day training consisted of a variety of activities that were relevant to the project topic and functioning, including multiple “Train the trainer” sessions, a sharing round on the lessons learned from the piloting of the developed material, and the collaborative creation of three source collections on controversial cultural heritage. Two active workshops were also held, using materials developed by the project team, and an active training session on contested memories in Potsdam.

The main aims of this meeting were:

● To design the National Trainings
● To share experiences, tips and tricks on training on formative assessment and teaching strategies
● To discover the reality of contested memories in Germany
● To design collaboratively the source collections on controversial buildings, monuments, and street names
● To finalise the development of the Variety of Viewpoints by peer reviewing the titles and descriptions of every viewpoint
● To share the results of the external piloting and peer reviewing of the lesson plans

Results

The training in Potsdam resulted in a further exchange between educators from across Europe, on experiences and methods related to Learning to Disagree. The participants discussed their experiences and different approaches from piloting of the materials developed during the project. They reviewed and finalized the Varieties of Viewpoints and lesson plans on the topics of ‘People on the Move’, ‘Borders, Secession, Annexation’, ‘Surviving under pressure’, and ‘Cultural Heritage’. Furthermore, it results in 12 draft programme for National Trainings, including tentative budget and tentative dates, and in the finalisation of 3 source collections on controversial cultural heritage.

 

Read the Full Report Here:

 

Announcement on COVID-19: Annual Conference POSTPONED to 10-14 November

Andreas Holtberget Association, EUROCLIO

UPDATE 23-03-20 New Conference Dates Announcement: 10-14 November

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The EuroClio Annual Conference for 2020 was originally planned for 31 March - 4 April 2020. On 11 March 2020, the Serbian government issued a ban on all meetings with more than 100 participants throughout April, and several European countries have since been placed in lockdown as a result of the pandemic.

As a result, the Conference was postponed to Fall 2020 and we are now pleased to announce the new dates as 10-14 November 2020. We aim to offer the same programme sessions whenever we can.

The postponed conference will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, as originally planned.

Please consult the event page for updates on the programme and Conference registrations.

Call for Member Associations to co-host the EuroClio Annual Conference 2021

Katria Tomko Association, EUROCLIO

Are you and your EuroClio Member Association interested in hosting the next EuroClio Annual Conference? Do you believe you have the perfect location and theme for our 28th Annual Conference of 2021?

Then, we are looking for you!

We are glad to announce that we are opening a call for Member Associations to host the Annual Conference 2021.

Who can apply?

Every EuroClio Member Association who has participated in the General Assembly, EuroClio projects, or EuroClio trainings in the past five years.

How to apply?

To apply, please send a draft budget, draft programme, and letter of motivation to Alice Modena at alice@euroclio.eu.

  • The draft budget should indicate prices for accommodation, meals, and the cultural programme and should not exceed 70 euro costs per person per day when taking into consideration 100, 150, and 200 participants.
  • The draft programme should indicate the proposed theme, keynote, cultural programme, evening programme, school visits, and topic for an additional session. Below, you can see more details on the programme requirements.
  • The letter of motivation should indicate why your Member Association would like to host the Annual Conference 2021, what kind of experience you already have and would like to gain, and how you would like to promote the conference in your country and abroad.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 March 2020.

Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on: completeness of the application, relevance of the theme to the overall mission of EuroClio, appeal to the international community of history and citizenship educators, financial feasibility, ease of access to the conference location, and geographic balance (relative to recent Annual Conferences).

Selection process

We will shortlist three potential locations and reach out to the finalists with follow-up questions. The final decision will be made by 22 March, so that we can announce the location of the Annual Conference 2021 at the upcoming General Assembly.

Programme Requirements

The theme. The Annual Conference you are proposing should have an inspiring theme, which speaks to history and citizenship educators from across Europe and beyond and is related to what your conference location has to offer. Examples of themes from the past few years:

  • Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom (2020, Belgrade, Serbia);
  • Bringing History to Life (2019, Gdansk, Poland);
  • Mediterranean Dialogues (2018, Marseille, France);
  • Intersections (2017, San Sebastian, Spain);
  • Reimagining Remembrance (2016, Belfast, Northern Ireland).

Programme content. Every session of the programme should be connected to the theme.

The final programme will be set by EuroClio as it must meet existing commitments and support our strategic plan. However, we want you as a local partner to also have a strong say. For this reason, in the application we ask you to advance a proposal for:

  • A topic for a Keynote Lecture to set the tone of the Annual Conference
  • An interesting cultural programme (including three different on-site learning options)
  • An interesting optional programme for early arrivals
  • An evening programme for one evening
  • A topic for a panel discussion / world café / discussion tables (of your choice)

As a host, you are expected to help arrange school visits.

The Annual Conference will also include active workshops, both from participants and from speakers invited by EuroClio, and other sessions still to be determined.

Budget Requirements

In order for EuroClio to be able to organize the Annual Conference, the hard cost can be maximum 70 euro per day per person. The difference between this and the conference fees is needed to offer discounts to members and workshop hosts and to cover the costs of the board and secretariat.

The hard costs consist of:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Dinner, including a final festive dinner
  • Lunch
  • Coffee Break
  • Cultural programme Including transport
  • Costs of speakers.

Please provide a scenario for 100, 150, and 200 persons. If it is not possible to keep the costs within these limits, it is necessary that you include a plan to acquire additional funding in the application. In such a case, please indicate the donor, the deadline to apply for the funding, who should apply, and indicative amount.

From Tribunal to Classroom

First round of trainings with UN Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals completed

The UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) has partnered with EuroClio in delivering training to history teachers in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Hercegovina, North Macedonia and Kosovo.

With the prosecution work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) nearly completed, its successor body IRMCT, has turned its attention to the ways in which the Tribunal’s legacy can be used in educational settings. The partnership with EuroClio targets educational professionals who are faced with the challenges of teaching students about the recent violent history of the former Yugoslavia.

Facilitated by expert teacher trainers from the History Teachers’ Associations of Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, along with individual teacher trainers from Bosnia-Hercegovina, the first round of trainings was completed in Pristina 1 February 2020. Previous editions of the workshop were held in Belgrade, Podgorica, Sarajevo and Skopje, with a second round commencing in Podgorica 22-23 February 2020.

A session introducing the archives of the Tribunal will also be held in connection with EuroClio’s Annual Conference in Belgrade.

As part of the training workshop, local history teachers are not only introduced to the archives of the ICTY, but also given guidance on how these sources can be used in their classrooms. Aided by the local teacher trainers, they are furthermore offered the opportunity to design their own learning materials with the available sources.

EuroClio is proud to work with the IRMCT in this important work, showing how the sources available from the transitional justice process can be used in a responsible way, instilling students with the critical thinking skills needed for tackling a recent and difficult past still very much felt in contemporary society across the former Yugoslavia.

We direct a particular mention and thanks to the facilitators Natasha Kostic, Emina Zivkovic, Igor Radulovic, Milos Vukanovic, Mire Mladenovski, Donika Xhemajli, Admir Ibricic, and Arna Daguda-Torlakovic, as well as Rada Pejic-Sremac and Anisa Suceska-Vekic from IRMCT.

 

For more information on the project or potential collaborations with EuroClio, please contact Andreas Holtberget at andreas@euroclio.eu

 

Call for EuroClio Board Member Candidates

EuroClio Association, EUROCLIO

Each year, EuroClio – Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators holds its General Assembly during the Annual Professional Training and Development Conference. In 2020 the Assembly will include elections for one new Board Member. Individuals are kindly invited to apply as new candidate for Board Membership. Applications should be received before February 23rd 2020, by using the Board Candidacy Form in order to circulate the information one month prior to the General Assembly.

The EuroClio Board meets regularly online and offline to determine the association's strategy, and review and monitor its budget and the implementation of the action plan. For more information about the responsibilities of board members, please have a look at Article X of the association's statutes. The elections will take place at the General Assembly on 4th of April, in Belgrade. 

 

We kindly ask you to forward this Call to your association’s membership and/or relevant networks.