Workshop organised by LoCloud as part of Digital Heritage 2015

Workshop organised by LoCloud as part of Digital Heritage 2015, 28 Sept – 2 Oct 2015, Granada Spain
This workshop will share the results of the LoCloud project, and stimulate discussion and collaboration between curators, experts and stakeholders in digital libraries, cultural heritage, tourism and local communities. It will also showcase work in supporting small and medium sized cultural institutions in making their digitised collections discoverable online, via portals such as Europeana and other applications. The workshop will highlight:
  • Work with small and medium sized institutions to make their content discoverable within Europeana
  • Cloud-based computing services which are helping to put local heritage content online and make it more searchable and interoperable
  • Development of a variety of specialised microservices, including geographic location and map based services for local heritage
  • Support for communities and cultural tourism, by enabling local heritage to be included in mobile and other applications

Local and regional cultural institutions (museums, libraries, archives and heritage organizations) hold unique collections about the heritage and identity of local communities. These collections range from descriptions of local archaeological monuments, historic buildings, maps, images, local history archives, museum archives and documents relating to the crafts, industries and social history of local communities. Digitisation of collections is creating positive assets for supporting public interest, education, research, local conservation management and cultural tourism, but work remains to be done to help make the collections held by smaller institutions more widely available.Europeana ( is an online portal that provides access to millions of items of digitised material from European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Projects such as Europeana Local ( and CARARE ( have worked with local heritage institutions to help to establish ‘pipelines’ to enable them to make their collections available to Europeana’s growing user base. The LoCloud Best Practice Network ( has continued this effort, aiming to explore the potential of cloud-based computing and technical advances to develop services that are specifically designed to support local cultural institutions in making their digital content available online.

Presentations from the workshop are available on the website.


10:00 – 10:15 LoCloud: Local content in the Europeana Cloud
Kate Fernie, 2Culture Associates, United Kingdom
Technology Case Study
10:15 – 10:30 Geolocation LoGeo API tool
Franc Zakrajsek, Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine
(Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia)
National and Regional Case Studies
10:30 – 10:45 Magic lantern slides and 3D PDFs: working with diverse content providers
Louise Kennedy, The Discovery Programme, Ireland
10:45 – 11:00 Romanian digital collections in Europeana
Sorina Stanca, Biblioteca Judeţeană O.Goga Cluj (Cluj County Library O.Goga), Romania
11:00 – 11:30 Break
Technology Case Study
11:30 – 11.45 Dynamics and partnership with local associations involved in LoCloud: a study case with Gironde
Agnès Vatican, Conseil Général de la Gironde – Archives Départementales de la Gironde, France
11:45 – 12:00 Czech digital collections from the archaeology and architecture domain in Europeana
Irena Blazkova, Národní památkový ústav (National Heritage Institute), Czech Republic
12:00 – 12:15 Balkan LoCloud Experience
Jasmina Ninkov and Predrag Djukic, Biblioteka grada Beograda (Belgrade City Library), Serbia
12:15 – 12:30 The cultural challenge in Umbria: local institutions growing up in the cloud
Giulia Coletti and Claudia Pazzini, Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello, Italy
LoCloud and Communities
12:30 – 12:45 LoCloud Support for communities and cultural tourism
Silvia Alfreider, National Archives of Norway
12:45 – 13:00 LoCloud: What’s in it for me?
Henk Alkemade,Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency), The Netherlands
13:00 – 13:30 Concluding Remarks and Discussion
Holly Wright, Archaeology Data Service, United Kingdom

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