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Linked Heritage

Linked Heritage was an EU co-funded project that aimed to extend and enrich the metadata holdings of the Europeana digital library. The project – building on the earlier Athena project and running from April 2011 until September 2013 – tackled a number of tasks including the coordination of terminologies across diverse languages within the cultural heritage sector, standards and technologies used, linking of cultural heritage data into the semantic web, training, and the ingestion of metadata assets into the Europeana collection itself.

EDItEUR led one of the work packages (WP4) within the project, focusing on engaging the commercial publishing sector with Europeana, and on identification and metadata issues (including mapping between various metadata schemas in use). Participants in WP4 included EDItEUR members MVB, plus mEDRA (multilingual European DOI Registration Agency), the German National Library of Science and Technology, (University Library Hannover), the Hungarian National Library in Budapest, the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (ICCU) in Rome, Promoter in Pisa, Italy and Pintail Ltd in Dublin, Ireland.

Work Package 4 Deliverables

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• Graham Bell attended the final review of the Linked Heritage project in Luxembourg on 13–14th November 2013, where the results of each project work package were assessed. This review marks the end of the 30-month project. Much of EDItEUR’s work in WP4 will be carried forward by Europeana’s own Task Force on Public-Private Partnerships. Other work packages investigated the use of persistent identifiers and linked data in the cultural heritage sector (WP2), management techniques and issues with multi-lingual terminologies or controlled vocabularies (WP3 – this work has direct relevance to EDItEUR’s Thema initiative and to codelists used in other EDItEUR standards), and contributed nearly 3 million metadata records to Europeana (WP5 and 6). WP7 was concerned with communication and training, and WP1 covered project management and coordination.

• An addendum to EDItEUR’s D4.1 Best Practice report, covering the Commercial Reuse Potential of Europeana’s metadata, is now available.

Two learning objects – short online training modules – created by Michael Hopwood are now available as part of the Linked Heritage training programme. Persistent Identifiers: Commercial and heritage views and Public-Private Partnership with Europeana are hosted on the University of Padua’s Moodle platform (and are available in a variety of languages here).

• Michael Hopwood has completed his two-year contract at EDItEUR, where he worked full-time on the Linked Heritage project, and is now working for EDItEUR member and Linked Heritage partner MVB in Frankfurt.

• Graham Bell and Michael Hopwood attended the final plenary session for the Linked Heritage project in Dublin on 18th June 2013.

• The third part of EDItEUR’s Linked Heritage work – WP4’s report on the Legal and Licensing environment for private-sector contributions to Europeana is now available from the Linked Heritage document repository – Deliverable D4.3.

• Michael Hopwood attended the Linked Heritage plenary session in Padua, 6th to 8th March 2013. Meanwhile, Graham Bell gave a well-received presentation on the potential for linked data to publishers at BookNet Canada’s annual Technology Forum in Toronto on 7th March.

Stone memorial to the explorers of Portugal's age of discovery towers over the riverside at Belem, Lisbon• Graham Bell attended the Linked Heritage plenary session in Lisbon, 29–30th November 2012 (pictured left, Lisbon’s Monument to the Explorers at Belem).

• The second part of EDItEUR's Linked Heritage work – Work Package 4's Technology report specifying the mechanics of how typical commercial-sector metadata can be mapped into the LIDO metadata scheme used by Linked Heritage – has now been published, and is available from the Linked Heritage website – Deliverable D4.2.

• Michael Hopwood and Graham Bell attended the successful mid-project review for Linked Heritage in Brussels on 28th September 2012.

• Graham Bell presented some of EDItEUR’s work within the Linked Heritage project, and other material related to Linked Data at the Global interoperability and Linked Data in Libraries seminar held at the University of Florence, Italy on 18th and 19th June 2012. EDItEUR consultant Kathy Klemperer delivered a similar overview at a joint BISG/NISO forum at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, California on June 22nd 2012.

Michael Hopwood presents to WP4 partners at Stockholm Riksarkivet• Michael Hopwood and Graham Bell took part in the third plenary meeting of the Linked Heritage project, held at Stockholm’s Riksarkivet (National Archives), 24th and 25th May 2012. EDItEUR presented preliminary work on D4.2, including XSLT-based mappings from ONIX, DDEX, IPTC and EIDR metadata into Linked Heritage’s LIDO data schema. WP4 also held a full-day working session (pictured right) to share knowledge and ideas among partners in the working group.

• The first part of EDItEUR's Linked Heritage work – Work Package 4's Best Practice Report describing the major identifier and metadata standards – has now been published, and is available from the Linked Heritage website – Deliverable D4.1.

• Michael Hopwood and Graham Bell took part in the second plenary meeting of the Linked Heritage project at Citilab Barcelona on November 23rd and 24th 2011. This was preceeded by the Europeana, content aggregation and linked data for cultural heritage workshop on November 22nd. EDitEUR presented the draft findings from WP4’s initial survey of metadata best practice across the European commercial book publishing, audio, photographic and film & TV sectors.

• EDItEUR attended the public launch of the Linked Heritage project at the National Széchényi Library in Budapest on June 22nd 2011, and presented the outline of Work Package 4 and the rationale for commercial sector collaborations with Europeana.

Michael Hopwood has started work at EDItEUR, concentrating full-time on the Linked Heritage project.

• Graham Bell of EDItEUR attended the first plenary meeting of the Linked Heritage project at the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (ICCU) in Rome on 29th April 2011, and outlined initial plans for Work Package 4.

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