Improvements in Europeana, the European Digital Library

Improvements in Europeana, the European Digital Library

Europeana It is a free access digital library that, since its inauguration in November 2008, already stores 15 million digital objects with diverse cultural content as a result of the contributions of cultural institutions from the 27 member countries of the European Union. With the aim of becoming a space that reflects the diversity of Europe, ideas and inspiration can be found by browsing paintings, maps, photos, books, newspapers, letters, diaries, music, spoken word on cylinders, tapes, records and broadcasts of radio, movies, newscasts, TV shows, etc. I read in agencies that Tecnalia is participating, along with 24 other partners from ten countries in ASSETS (Advanced Service Search and Enhancing Technological Solutions for the European Digital Library), to improve the project, facilitating access to information.

The ASSETS project plans to create a group of value-added search, navigation and access services that improve the accessibility to the content and the usability of Europeana. These services will be validated on a large scale when analyzed in the real use of said digital library. The Italian company Engineering is leading the project, which lasts two years and has a total budget of 5.3 million euros.

Among other things, it will facilitate the user to create their own digital content (either original or combining existing ones) to include them in the portal. Good news for those who love culture and those of us who believe in an open Internet. with the Europeana presentation video: