News from Mar 02, 2012
We are happy to announce the start of the EU-ICT-PSP funded project DM2E: Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana.
The project will develop a tool that converts metadata from a diverse range of source formats into the Europeana Data Model (EDM). This is an essential part of enabling libraries, archives and museums to provide data to Europeana as traditionally they provide data in diverse formats that need to be mapped on to a single model.
The project will involve a number of cultural heritage institutions from around Europe who will supply openly licensed meta data (put out under CC-0 in accordance with the Europeana Data Exchange Agreement) upon which the technical work can be done.
During the project, this will exemplarily be done for the autograph database Kalliope (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), the German text archive Deutsches Textarchiv (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), as well as content of the Austrian national library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) plus a number of other sources. Metadata providers are strongly encouraged to make their data available under CC0, as all other licenses hamper further use by Europeana and scholars. Finally, Europeana is going to provide the aggregated data in a form which allows Digital Humanities scholars to make best use of them. In addition, basic services / functionalities (modeled on the humanities' “scholarly primitives”) will be provided by Europeana. In this perspective, the proposed project is in line with theme 2 of the call (Digital Content) and targets its objective 2.1 (Aggregating content in Europeana). The proposed Best Practice Network will respond to all three possible actions, namely: Aggregation of existing digital cultural heritage content (WP1) Alignment of metadata and mappings with the specifications of Europeana (WP2) Improvements in the interoperability of CMSs and the Europeana platform (WP 2 and 3) In tackling these three actions we will take particular care to target one specific user community of Europeana, namely reaserachers in the field of “Digital Humanities” and the way these will interact with Europeana through our WP3. Furthermore, the data migration and enrichment workflow proposed as part of WP2 will be modeled in such a way as to allow for its reuse in the migration of almost any generic and proprietary source to the EDM data model.
Within DM2E, the Web-based Systems Group will lead WP2 which develops the interoperability infrastrucuture for translating source data into the Europeana Data Model (EDM).
More information about the project is found at