Minutes of the 2017 Europeana Sounds Task Force meeting

Minutes of the 2017 Europeana Sounds Task Force meeting
September 17, 2017, Berlin, 15:30-16:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

Chair: Richard Ranft, The British Library, UK
Minutes: Zane Grosa, National Library of Latvia

Katrin Abromeit, Filmmuseum Potsdam, Germany
Tomaš Belohlavek, Czech Radio
Henri Chamoux, CNRS-LARHRA, France
Jean-Hugues Chenot, INA, France
Oliver Danner, Bundesarchiv, Germany
Kurt Deggeller, IASA German/Switzerland Branch
Sebastian Gabler, Semantic Web Company, Austria
Johannes Gfeller, Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany
Martin Gordon, RBB, Germany
Thomas Henry, France
Iva Horová, National Library of Technology, Czech Republic
Pavel Kobera, Czech Radio
Peter Laurence, Harvard University, USA
Hermann Lewetz, Austria
Xavier Loyant, Bibliotèque nationale de France
Josephine Simonnot, CNRS, France
Tommy Sjoberg, Folkmusikens Hus, Sweden
Michal Škopik, The National Institute of Folk Culture, Czech Republic
Ingela Utterström, National Library of Sweden

  1. Richard Ranft (RR) gave the welcome and an introduction to the Europeana portal, the achievements of the project Europeana Sounds 2014-2017, within which saw the launch of Europeana Music collections. He explained that the role of the Europeana Sounds Task Force within IASA is to sustain the work of the network created by the project.
  2. RR summarised the work carried out, managed by British Library, from February-August 2017 for  Europeana Music through funding to Europeana under the Digital Service Infrastructure 2 (DSI-2.
  3. Long term prospects and sustainability of the Europeana Sounds are unclear, as the work is not self-sustaining without some additional funding. Fortunately, Europeana Music and Europeana Sounds will be supported under DSI-3 to Europeana over the next 12 months. The work is being coordinated again by Tom Miles at the British Library. To curate the Europeana Music collection, get in touch with Tom Miles tom.miles@bl.uk. Curation is easy to do, rotates on a monthly basis, and provides an excellent opportunity to highlight your institution’s collection on Europeana, as well as general interest in music content.
  4. RR spoke about what needs to be fulfilled before publishing metadata on Europeana – metadata conversion, signing an open licence agreement for metadata. He invited all to the upcoming tutorial, “Improve access to audio collections by preparing metadata for Europeana”, to be delivered by Juozas Markauskas at the conference on Thursday September 21st.
  5. Sebastian Gabler gave a brief demonstration of JSONView – a Firefox browser add-on to view structured and linked metadata about collection items on Europeana. The underlying data record and structure for any individual record in Europeana can be then be viewed by swapping the .html suffix with .json, revealing the power of LOD and structured vocabularies, rights statements, that powers Europeana.


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