LoCloud is a Best Practice Network co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP programme aimed at enhancing the Europeana content by adding over 4 million items from European cultural institutions. It started on 1st March 2013 and will run for three years.
The project aims to build on the achievements of CARARE (2010-2013) in establishing a repository-based aggregator for Archaeological and Architectural heritage; and of Europeana Local (2008-2011) in its work with local institutions and their regional and national aggregators, which resulted in the contribution of nearly 5 million items to Europeana.
LoCloud will explore the potential of cloud computing technologies for Europeana, with a focus on small and medium sized institutions, working both on an easier to use and more efficient infrastructure (IaaS) and on the creation of software services (SaaS) aimed to benefit content providers and users.
LoCloud aims to facilitate the role of small and medium-sized institutions by:
- Supporting them in making their content and metadata available to Europeana, by using the cloud to provide services and tools which help to reduce technical, semantic and skills barriers.
- Making available cloud-based software services which enable them to render their content more discoverable and interoperable;
- Enabling smaller institution types such as house museums, which currently fall outside most aggregation infrastructures, to contribute their content to Europeana.
- Exploring the potential of cloud computing for aggregation, enrichment and re-use, with a special focus on geographic location.
- Exploring and trial a cloud based architecture as a scalable platform for Europeana metadata aggregation and harvesting with higher efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.
- Provide guidance, training and support facilities to serve the needs of content providers.
The consortium of LoCloud includes:
- a strong group of technical partners
- national and regional aggregation services or content providers who will both provide new content and act as pilot implementers of the cloud services.
- a number of partners acting as content providers representing specific content domains (such as ‘house museums’, specialised museums, public libraries and local archives).
- a group of partners with specific expertise in key aspects (e.g. vocabularies).