Europeana: how open cultural data supports discovery, reuse and innovation in digital humanities
Alba Irollo & Milena Popova
The presentation will introduce the participants to Europeana, Europe’s digital service infrastructure for cultural heritage. Europeana is built around and promotes the principles of open access and open data and currently provides free access to over 50 million cultural records coming from more than 3,700 museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections across Europe. Around 20 million of these digital records are openly licensed and suitable for free reuse in research and educational projects.
Europeana Research in particular aims to enable researchers to use Europeana data as a trusted source of cultural heritage to develop new knowledge and insights from our past or create new research methodologies. In this presentation we will share our experiences and best practices related to the openness and interoperability of cultural heritage data for academic research. We will also highlight some examples of reuse of digital cultural data in digital humanities to showcase the positive impact of the Europeana open ecosystem for research.