#AllezCulture is the hashtag that marks Europeana’s new campaign inviting everybody to find and share their cultural heroines and heroes through Europeana. The campaign was launched on 29 March, and offers the chance to look at Europeana’s digital collection from a new perspective. The collections from cultural institutions brought together in Europeana offer the unique opportunity to compare many documents from across Europe in one place. Here, images, artifacts and documents dealing with one individual are brought together regardless of their physical geographical location. #AllezCulture draws on this functionality.
The goal is to give Europeana users the possibility to find information, images and other material about their cultural hero or heroine and work with the content made available by Europeana. This content can be used to make a presentation: an animation, a gif, or simply a twitter card. The latter is automatically created when using the Share on Twitter button.
The filters on Europeana make it very easy to find content, which can then be re-used or downloaded. Information about sharing and publishing licenses is available next to the images. Please visit this Europeana blog post for more information, and find your personal hero(ine)!
Europeana.eu enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections. Europeana is a strategic partner of EuroClio.
EuroClio partner organization Europeana is setting up new Task Forces this year! Europeana Task Forces tackle issues that are of interest to the digital heritage world and in line with Europeana’s Strategy 2015-2020. Discover what they achieved in 2015.
“Want to shape tomorrow’s digital practices by sharing interests and insights with other cultural heritage experts? Then why not set up a Europeana Task Force. Feel there’s an ongoing activity of Europeana that you would like to participate in? Find out whether there’s a Working Group you might be able to join.”
Task Forces are set up to allow Europeana members (with the aid and supervision of the Europeana Members Council) to take on specific subjects or areas of common interest to the digital heritage field and Europeana’s Strategy 2015-2020. They run for a limited period of time (usually up to six months) and result in the delivery of a set of recommendations on their subject.
For more information, please visit the Europeana website.
During the First World War, men and boys from more than 16,000 parishes in England and Wales joined the Army. Of all these villages, there were only 53 so called “Thankful Villages” – places to which everyone returned alive. The village of Skelsmergh (Cumbria, England, UK) was sadly not one: 25 men with links to the tight-knit community died.
In Europeana‘s new online exhibition The Men on the Memorial you can now read the stories behind the names of these 25 men from Skelsmergh who did not return. This virtual exhibition is based on the physical original one of the same name that has been displayed in Skelsmergh in October 2014.The Men on the Memorial has been made entirely by the people from Skelsmergh and surrounding villages. With help from local researchers and relatives of those who died they dived into the lives of the men behind the names on the World War One monument in the Parrish church. Please visit this Europeana blog for more information.
The Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) invites its members to apply for their upcoming training courses on making digital collections visible and working between politics, research and practice. The objective of the International Training Course “Tools to make your digital collections widely visible,” is to invite museums to learn about digital tools to manage their online collection(s). The workshop is organised within the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project. The workshop will take place in Berlin, Germany from 15-16 February 2016. The call for applications (.pdf) is open until 8 January 2016.
For the application a letter of motivation and expectation and proof of membership has to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. NEMO’s training courses for NEMO members are free of costs. After a successful application, NEMO supports the participation of three or four NEMO members (travel and accommodation).
Europeana has launched its first Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course for use in classrooms, an important step forward in its goal to bring history to life for learners through the use of digital cultural collections in education. The book and accompanying course were developed jointly with EuroClio and Gwen Vergouwen, an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Belgian history teacher as part of Apple’s ADEs in Residence programme, which pairs selected teachers with some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.
Available in both Dutch and English, the book and course introduce students and history enthusiasts to different interpretations of what caused the First World War. Together, the linked materials demonstrate the ways in which digital cultural content can engage students and support traditional learning. Using Multi-Touch technology, students are able to analyse and explore a fascinating array of material, from postcards to propaganda, handwritten letters to satirical cartoons. Download the English Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course/ Download the Dutch Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course.
From 6-7 October the second meeting of the Europeana Taskforce for Education took place at the National Audiovisual Archive of Poland in Warsaw. This Task force aims to contribute to the development of an environment where the (re-)use of digital heritage for quality education is beneficial for all stakeholders. During the meeting examples of how the (re-)use of digital heritage works in practice were shared in order to: identify common challenges, tools that can be used, and modes of cooperation that can be replicated. Examples that were presented included: VIAA (an initiative to archive and provide access to digital heritage in Flanders), Stokholmskallen (in which archives, museums and libraries from Stockholm work together on municipal level), Éduthèque (in which the French Ministry of Education provides access to selected content from cultural institutes), EUscreen (providing access to audiovisual collection of archives from across Europe), Ontotext (on the potential for use of linked open data for education) and the EFG (on the streamlining of information on the World War 1 collection with content from different providers). The task force agreed on the documentation of all the practices in the form of case studies (focused on the lessons learned) linked to an introductory description of the current state of affairs. It is the ambition to present these findings online and continue to add an update practice together with those members of the Europeana network that have an interest in education. For more information, please contact email@example.com .
Europeana.eu is an online portal that provides access to the digital collections of Europe’s archives, museums and libraries. More than 2,000 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names such as the Imperial War Museum and El Prado to regional archives and local museums from across Europe. EuroClio Founder and Special Advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord is a member of the Managing Board of Europeana. The role of EuroClio in this new project is to make it possible to search sources from the digital collections of the cultural heritage institutes that contribute to Europeana. This will be done in partnership with Webtic, the webdeveloper of Historiana. For more information on the project please contact Steven Stegers (firstname.lastname@example.org)