[open-heritage] Fwd: Europeana explains Linked Open Data and releases a pilot dataset

Timothy Vollmer tvol at creativecommons.org
Fri Feb 17 17:42:48 UTC 2012

This may be of interest.


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Subject: Europeana explains Linked Open Data and releases a pilot dataset
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     Press Release

*What is Linked Open Data? *
*Europeana releases an animation to explain - and a pilot dataset *

The Hague, 16 February 2012
               For Immediate Release

Linked Open Data is gaining traction in the information world right now.
Europeana has just launched an
animation<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/zn82i>to explain what it is
and why it’s a good thing, both for users and for
data providers.

Europeana is facilitating developments in Linked Open Data by publishing data
for 2.4 million objects for the first
time<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/fg92i>under an
*open metadata licence *- CC0, the Creative Commons’ Public Domain

Europeana is making data openly available to the public and private sectors
alike so they can use it to develop of innovative applications for
smartphones and tablets and to create new web services and portals. This
support for commercial enterprise in the digital sector is central to
Europeana’s business strategy.

Metadata that is openly available is re-usable by anyone. Linked to
external data sources, such as GeoNames<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/v892i>,
it’s enriched and can also be re-used by its providers as the basis of
improved services to users.

The concept of Linked Open Data is attracting Europe’s major national
libraries: the Bibliothèque nationale de France recently launched its
rich linked
data resource <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/b1a3i>, while the national
libraries of the UK, Germany and Spain, among many other cultural
institutions, have been publishing their metadata under an open licence.

The World Wide Web Consortium <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/rtb3i> has
also put cultural Linked Data high on its agenda, notably via the reports
of the Library Linked Data Incubator
co-chaired by Europeana’s Antoine Isaac.

Support for Open Data innovation is at the root of Europeana’s new Data
Exchange Agreement <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/ned3i>, the contract
that libraries, museums, and archives agree to when their metadata goes
into Europeana.

The Data Exchange Agreement has been signed by all the national libraries,
by leading national museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and by many
of the content providers for entire countries, such as Sweden’s National
Heritage Board. The new Data Exchange Agreement dedicates the metadata to
the Public Domain and comes into effect on 1 July 2012, after which all
metadata in Europeana will be available as Open Data.


*Notes for editors:*

*Europeana*, Europe’s digital library, archive and museum, supports digital
innovation in the heritage sector. Working with national memory
organisations across Europe - over 2,000 providers of 23 million items in
its dataset - Europeana runs pilot programmes and organises workshops and
hackathons, bringing the heritage and developer communities together to
pioneer new ways of connecting people with culture. These communities are
served by a new Europeana website, Europeana

More information about Europeana’s work in support of Open Data can be
found here http://pro.europeana.eu/support-for-open-data<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/jze3i>

*The World Wide Web Consortium* (W3C) is an international community
where Member
organizations <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/zrf3i>, a full-time
and the public work together to develop Web
Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee
<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/b5h3i>and CEO Jeffrey
Jaffe <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/rxi3i>, W3C's mission is to lead the
Web to its full potential.

* *
Linked Open Data animation
Europeana Linked Open Data Pilot
Europeana Data Exchange Agreement
* *
*National library open data links *
France  http://data.bnf.fr <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/j3l3i>
Britain  http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/zvm3i>
Germany http://www.d-nb.de/eng/hilfe/service/linked_data_service.htm<http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/fon3i>
Spain  http://datos.bne.es <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/vgo3i>

*World Wide Web Consortium
Library Linked data incubator group reports

*GeoNames*: http://geonames.org <http://e2.ma/click/r5c0/3u8mxb/7tq3i>

*Providers of CC0 metadata to Europeana’s Linked Open Data pilot:*
*National libraries *
        Czech Republic
        United Kingdom
*Museum, library and archive content*
Hispana (Ministry of Culture – Spain)
ABM-utvikling/Norsk Kulturråd - Norway
Erfgoedplus.be, province of Limburg, Belgium
Swedish Open Cultural Heritage
CultureGrid UK, including
        Culture Shock
        Jewish Lives
        Discovering Bewick
        Tyne & Wear Archive and Museum
        Tyne & Wear Imagine
European Film Gateway project, including
        Det Danske Filminstitut / Danish Film Institute
        Filmarchiv Austria
        Deutsches Filminstitut
Museo Galileo - Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza
      Europeana - Think Culture | National Library of the Netherlands | PO
Box 90407 | 2509 LK The Hague
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