Virtual Communities in Europe

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Presentation given at 'Bridging Worlds' conference Singapore 2008. “Virtual Communities in Europe: the cultural mix and how The European Library has responded”

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  • 1.Virtual Communities in Europe: The European Library Approach Fleur Stigter Bridging Worlds conference 2008


  • What is The Future of
  • Library Portals?

Bridging Worlds 2008 3.

  • P olitics
  • E conomics
  • S ocial
  • T echnology
  • L egal
  • E nvironment

Bridging Worlds 2008 PESTLE 4.

  • meeting user needs
  • finding a sustainable business model
  • investing in ongoing innovation

Bridging Worlds 2008 Critical Success Factors 5. 1. Who, What, When.. 2. Pan-European3. Different Cultures to Serve4. Portal, Widgets, APIs 6.

  • Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

CENL < Council of Europe 7.

  • Also known as TEL or Gabriel
  • Free, multilingual access to the combined resources of Europes national libraries
  • Owned by Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)
  • Vision: Provision of equal access to promote world-wide understanding of the richness and diversity of European learning and culture.

Bridging Worlds 2008 The European Library 8.

  • Live since 2005
  • Roughly over 150 million bibliographic records
  • By the end of 2008 all members of CENL will have joined The European Library (42 - currently 34)

Bridging Worlds 2008 Some more backgrounds 9. Bridging Worlds 2008

  • In Membership, Content and Targeted audience
  • Primary target group: (European)Librarians and members of Academic societies
  • A look at the organisational structure of The European Library, and methods used

Pan-European 10. . The European LibraryOFFICE Contacts Working Group CENL The European Library Management Board The European Library Executive Group Editorial Working Group Language Working Group Technical Working Group 11.

  • National marketing by partner-libraries
  • Metrics
    • Key Performance Indicators focusing on marketing & overall performance
    • User studies, log file analysis
  • Office in The Hague creates overall marketing plan, coordinates and supports partners, and looks after the portal (technical, user-friendly)

Bridging Worlds 2008 12. 13.

  • No communities on the portal
  • But we are developing additional services for librarians
  • Working more closely with a large group of library professionals from all over the world
  • At this point: access to Handbook, Metadata Registry, and Participation in our Linking Program
  • Widgets APIs

Bridging Worlds 2008 Communities, Widgets, APIs.. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

  • 870 Faces put the mini library on their page, 43 are Fans of the application
  • Ownership issues
    • Source of data
    • Use of data supplied to other organisations
    • Legal jurisdictions
    • Another route = Providing content to Europeana

Bridging Worlds 2008 APIs 19. 1. What, Who 2. Audiences3. Communities 20.

  • Integrates the 4 cultural heritage domains:
    • audio-visual collections
    • archives
    • museums
    • libraries
  • Comprises 85 partners representing:
    • all EU Member States
    • related Commission-funded projects
  • An initiative of the European Commission
  • Based on v 1.5 The European Library

Bridging Worlds 2008 Europeana 21.

  • To create a public domain access point
  • To use digitised cultural and scientific heritage resources as input for a wide range of information products and services
  • To play a key role in the future growth of sectors such as learning and tourism
  • To inspirenew creative enterprise and innovation
  • To promote understanding of European connections and the sense of a European identity

Bridging Worlds 2008 The Commissions objectives 22.

  • General user
  • School students
  • Teachers
  • University undergraduates
  • Graduate students, academics, scholars
  • Professional users

Bridging Worlds 2008 Audiences 23.

  • .towards its users
  • Brings together materials held in different types of institution
  • Mozarts manuscripts, printed music, recordings, letters, objects, as well as books, films and TV programmes about him
  • Brings together material held in different countries
  • Rubens paintings from Madrid, Brussels, London, Paris, Vienna, Florence
  • Tracks the movement across Europe of trade, empires and ideas
  • towards The European Library.

Bridging Worlds 2008 Added value of Europeana 24.

  • Site demo launched 1 Feb 08
  • Beta prototype launched June 08
  • Final prototype launched20 November 08
  • Funding proposal to Commission to develop Version 1.0
  • Link to >6 million digital objects by 2010

When.. 25.

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Bridging Worlds 2008 ? 26.

  • Next..
    • Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs)
    • Semantics
    • User generated content
    • Multilingual search results

Bridging Worlds 2008 27.

  • Europeana is built upon The European Library but they are not the same!
  • An operational service
    • Europeana is not (yet)
  • A service of Conference European National Librarians (CENL)
    • Europeana is European Commission funded
  • National Library Service
    • Europeana is a cross-domain service, involving over 100 partners (archives, libraries, museums, audio-visual institutions, etc.)
  • The European Library is mainly targeted at librarians and members of the academic community
    • Europeana focuses on a wide variety of user groups

Bridging Worlds 2008 In Sum 28.

  • How The European Library tries to serve society at large
  • Listening to and working with users
  • Cooperating with Partner Libraries
  • Different routes to connect with target groups
    • Portal, partner inEuropeana , andAPIs

Bridging Worlds 2008 29. Thank you