LoCloud conference

Sharing local cultural heritage online with LoCloud services

5th February 2016, 9.00 – 5.30, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Sharing local cultural heritage online with LoCloud services is a conference organised by the LoCloud project. It provides an opportunity to share, discuss and demonstrate tools, services and content in the context of Europeana. The conference provides an opportunity to reflect on the results achieved by LoCloud and look to the future. During the conference we will show-case the LoCloud “My local heritage” competition and present awards to the winners.

Venue: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed – Smallepad 5 Amersfoort, UT 3811 MG NL

Speaker bios


Locloud overview Ole Myhre Hansen, National Archives of Norway, LoCloud coordinator
Europeana Henning Scholz
Showcase from LoCloud content partners
Serbia in the (Lo)Clouds Jasmina Ninkov and Predrag Djukic, Belgrade City Library, Serbia
Enabling local digital content in Ireland Louise Kennedy, Discovery programme, Ireland
A house museum in the cloud: the experience of Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello in LoCloud Giulia Coletti, Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello, Italy
Increasing Visibility of Cultural Heritage Objects: A Case of Turkish Content within the scope of LoCloud Project Bulent Yilmaz, Hacettepe Universitesi, Turkey
Dynamics and partnership with local associations involved in LoCloud Agnès Vatican, Archives Départementales de la Gironde, France
From local to global: Romanian cultural values in Europeana through Locloud Sorina Stanca, Biblioteca Judeţeană ‘O.Goga’ Clujj, Romania
Norway’s case: LoCloud as alternative route to Europeana Joachim Fugleberg, National Archives Norway, Norway
Spanish collections in Locloud: a round-trip talk between european institutions Maria Carrillo, Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte, Spain
Small, smaller and smallest: Working with small archaeological content providers and LoCloud RHolly Wright – University of York, UK
Presentation on new EC programmes related to the cultural heritage Marcel Watelet, European Commission
LoCloud Collections, or how to make your local heritage available on-line Marcin Werla, PSNC, Poland
Beyond the space: the LoCloud Historical Place Names micro-service Rimvydas Lauzikas, Vilnius University Faculty of Communication, Lithuania
Bastille, pop band or historical icon? How linked open data helps teachers, students and researchers find the right one ichard Leeming, BBC/RES, UK
MORe and the LoCloud enrichment services Dimitris Gavrillis, Athena Research Centre, Greece
MINT Vassilis Trouvaras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Microservices in LoCloud Walter Koch, Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria/td>
Geocoding Service unar Bergheim, Asplan Viak Internet AS, Norway
LoCloud Competition showcase and awards Henk Alkemade
The future of LoCloud: closing words Kate Fernie, 2Culture Associates, UK


Serbia in the (Lo)Clouds

LoCloud project brought a new perspective to the digitization activities in Serbia. Small heritage institutions were interested in testing LoCloud products, especially LoCloud Collections. Having in mind that there is no national aggregating infrastructure for Europeana, solutions that LoCloud project offered were of particular interests in Serbian professional community. Belgrade City Library together with JARA (SI) and Rijeka Public Library (HR) played significant role on dissemination activities in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Speakers(s): Jasmina Ninkov and Predrag Djukic, Belgrade City Library, Serbia

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A house museum in the cloud: the experience of Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello in LoCloud

Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello is a house museum in Perugia. A part of its art and bibliographic collections has been selected and published in Europeana thanks to LoCloud project. By disseminating the activities of LoCloud, FRS introduced three umbrian cultural institutions in the project, Fondazione Centro Studi Aldo Capitini, Istituto Conestabile Piastrelli and Fondazione Barbanera 1762, which became new local partners of LoCloud, providing about 5000 items to Europeana.

Speakers(s): Giulia Coletti, Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello, Italy

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Increasing Visibility of Cultural Heritage Objects: A Case of Turkish Content within the scope of LoCloud Project

The Locloud Project is Turkey’s second experience of the provision of electronic content of cultural heritage resources into Europeana. The first experience was carried out by the same team. Turkey is gathering more information to integrate with international platforms and meet the standards on metadata description and aggregation.

LoCloud is a unique project aimed at making it easier for small/medium institutions to create good quality metadata and content available for cloud applications and micro services. The team from Turkey has completed the metadata mapping and content sharing processes of the 820 postcards/photos and 120 maps and plans from VEKAM (Vehbi Koç Ankara Research Center) Museum. Our technical team members were provided with technical information on MINT and MoRe and advised on the best ways to share content with Europeana so that they are equipped to train others in Turkey. Also the team from Turkey have built a web platform and developed a moodle based distance education program based on LoCLoud content for training individuals as required. During the presentation we will share the above mentioned information with our international team members.

Speakers(s): Bulent Yilmaz, Hacettepe Universitesi, Turkey

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Dynamics and partnership with local associations involved in LoCloud

With the LoCloud project, the Archives départementales of Gironde have developped a partnership with local associations to send their content. Let’s focus on study cases.

Speakers(s): Agnès Vatican, Archives Départementales de la Gironde, France

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From local to global: Romanian cultural values in Europeana through Locloud

Speakers(s): Sorina Stanca, Biblioteca Judeţeană ‘O.Goga’ Clujj, Romania

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Norway’s case: LoCloud as alternative route to Europeana

Norway already has a large national infrastructure for publishing material to Europeana in place, but it comes with a fairly high price tag in form of required technical competence and manpower. The National Archives of Norway has presented the LoCloud infrastructure as an alternative route for smaller institutions and private individuals with material of interest to the public, material which otherwise would have remained hidden.

Speakers(s): Joachim Fugleberg, National Archives Norway, Norway

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Small, smaller and smallest: Working with small archaeological content providers and LoCloud

The Archaeology Data Service has been working with archaeological data providers in the UK for nearly 20 years. This ranges from large governmental institutions like English Heritage/Historic England, to individual academic researchers and the smallest commercial field units. For LoCloud, ADS has focussed on making our small data providers discoverable within Europeana, so their work can sit equally alongside larger projects.

Speakers(s): Holly Wright, University of York, UK

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LoCloud Collections, or how to make your local heritage available on-line

Until now to exist on the internet you had to invest in proper IT infrastructure, and this was possible mostly for big institutions, having proper funding. Smaller cultural institutions, often on their own cost or with the support of small grants, were digitizing their collections, but they could not afford to ensure constant on-line access to these resources. The result was that unique local heritage remain hidden and the only chance to discover it was to personally visit such a regional museum or private archive.

Thanks to the widespread of cloud technologies, we are now able to propose professional, but also very economical solution allowing also the smallest institutions to exist with their collections on the internet. LoCloud Collections platform allows quick and easy creation of your own digital library, museum or archive and publishing of your data to Europeana. This service is available in so called Software-as-a-Service model. It means that using LoCloud Collections does not require to own IT infrastructure and the payment for the service is periodic and depends on the extent of resources used on our platform, i.e. on the total amount of data which are made available on-line by particular institution.

Speakers(s): Marcin Werla, PSNC, Poland

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Microservices in LoCloud

Micro Services are an essential part of modern system architectures which consist of a composition of such services. During the LoCloud Project several services, namely: Geo‐location enrichment services, Historic place name gazetteer, Multilingual vocabularies, Metadata enrichment, Wikimedia and crowd sourcing have been developed which support the enrichment of existing metadata records. The LoCloud services can be integrated into a data entry environment as well as into an aggregation platform. The presentation provides a short introduction into the LoCloud MicroServices and describes the Vocabulary MicroService to demonstrate how this works. A testlab for the management of the virtual engines which host the services has been installed, providing access to different services and relevant documentation.

Speakers(s): Walter Koch, Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria

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Speaker bios

Tolga Çakmak, is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. He previously worked as an assistant librarian in various libraries. He was also vice president of University and Research Librarians’ Assocition in Turkey and he is a member of European RDA Interest Group (EURIG). He graduated from the Department of Information management in 2008 and studied information technologies at the Middle East Technical University. His main research interests are information organization, museum informatics, cultural heritage, digital libraries and digitization.

Giulia Coletti has a specialist degree in History and Information Science (Storia e Scienze della Documentazione) at Università degli Studi di Perugia, and actually is the responsible for digital projects in Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello.

Predrag Djukic, assistant director in The Belgrade City Library responsible for IT and digitisation development. He holds MA degree in LIS from the University of Belgrade. Mr. Djukic participated in CALIMERA project, PULMAN-XT and since 2009 in AccessIT, AccessIT Plus, Europeana Awareness and LoCloud – Europeana related projects as well as DiXL an EU LLP project.

Joachim Fugleberg works as adviser at the digital repository section at NRA. In the LoCloud project he works as technical adviser for the content delivery of NRA to Europeana through LoCloud’s tools

Prof. Dr. Walter Koch received a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from University of Graz in 1970. He is director of AIT Ltd. (Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH) and professor at the University of Graz (lecturer in the European Masters programme for “European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society). Furthermore he is chairperson of the CSC Content Service Centre and head of the Steinbeis Transferzentrum (IMCHI – Information Management and Cultural Heritage Informatics). Prof. Koch’s relevant experience includes: From 1981 to 2011: professor for computer science and mathematics at the Graz technical university. From 1976 to 1998: Head of different research institutes at JOANNEUM RESEARCH Ltd. in Graz. Consultant and contractor to different national and international organizations (eg UNESCO, DFG,EC, ESA, Austrian ministries, Graz municipality) Member of several national and international scientific associations (eg. board member of CIDOC/ICOM, chair of the CIDOC working group MPI, member of VÖB, DGI) / Project experience (here enlisted: recent years with focus on cultural heritage): bibliographic information, information systems, IT‐management, EU Projects (TAP, Raphael, TenTelecom, IST – Information Society Technologies, Interreg IIIB, CIMI, EUREKA ‐ is a pan‐European network for market‐oriented, industrial R&D): IST: COVAX ‐Contemporary Culture Virtual Archives in XML, OpenHeritage ‐Enabling the European Culture Economy, CULTIVATE ‐Cultural Heritage Application Network, REGNET – Cultural Heritage in REGional NETworks (Coordinator); Interreg IIIB: MEDIA.ALP; econtentplus, DISMARC DIScovering Music ARChives, EuropeanaLocal; ICT PSP: Europeanav01, EuropeanaConnect, BHL Europe, OpenUp!, LoCloud. Project management and scientific consulting of the cataloguing and digitising project for cultural heritage in South Tyrol (Bolzano).

Prof. Dr. Özgür Külcü, is a professor in the Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Previously he worked as a records manager in various public organizations. He is now Director of Team Turkey of InterPARES 3 Project which is International project on the authenticity, reliability and long term protection of electronic records. He wrote his doctorial thesis, Records Management in the Term of Quality Management and Quality System Documentation in Turkish Public Universities, in 2005. He is a lecturer on institutional information and records management at Hacettepe University since 2001. His main research interests are records management, quality management, and quality system documentation, particularly the analysis of institutional administrative systems. His work has been presented at national and international conferences and has been published in several journals.

Rimvydas Laužikas is an Professor of digital humanities and the Head of the Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary fields of educology, archaeology and communication and information science. Rimvydas’s research interests cover medieval archaeology, the use of computers in cuntural heritage and humanities, information and >communication of cultural heritage, museology, history of gastronomy in Lithuania. He has represented the Faculty in European projects such as Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europeana, Local content in a Europeana cloud, and Europeana Food and Drink.

Richard Leeming is the External Relationship Manager at the Research and Education Space, a partnership between the BBC, Jisc and the BUFVC. RES is an open platform which uses Linked Open Data to index and organise assets from the world’s cultural collections including Libraries, Museums, Art galleries and more. RES will provide the foundation for a series of apps, websites and digital products to deliver those assets into schools, universities and any institution where people come to learn. See: http://bbcarchdev.github.io/res/

Jasmina Ninkov, the director of The Belgrade City Library. Member of the working group on culture of the European Bureau of Library, Museums and Archives, Standing Committee of the IFLA Metlib, national coordinator for the EC projects such as PULMAN, CALIMERA, AccessIT, AccessITplus, Europeana Awaerness, DiXL, LoCloud. President of the Serbian Library Association. Member of several working groups in the Ministry of Culture of Serbia.

Sorina Stanca is director of the “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has a degree in Physics at “Babeş-Bolyai” University and a post graduate study in library and information science. I participate at numerous trainings in Romania and other countries. She has a long experience of working public libraries since 1996.Sorina was involved in several European Projects since 1998 and also in different national projects in library field. She has a very good expertise in project management and very good experience in the planning and organising workshops and conferences. She worked in the following European projects: PLDP, PULMAN, CALIMERA, LIBER-IMMS, and coordinate ENTITLE, EuropeanaLocal, Europeana Awareness and Locloud. She gave presentations in many conferences organised in Romania and other countries. She is member of the standing comity of Romanian National Public Library Association and Europeana Network Association Member Council.

Marcin Werla, Head of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department at PSNC (Poland). Involved in digital libraries activities since 2002, collaborates with Europeana since 2009. In LoCloud responsible for LoCloud Collections service as well as the support portal.

Holly Wright received an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of York. Currently, she is European Projects Manager at the Archaeology Data Service (ADS); a national archive for archaeological data in the UK (archaeologydataservice.ac.uk). She currently manages ADS involvement in three large-scale European projects, including LoCloud, ARIADNE and NEARCH.

Agnès Vatican is an archivist-paleographer and general heritage curator. Since 2013 she manages the Archives départementales of Gironde, enriched with a 70 line-km fund over Gironde’s History, from the Middle-Ages to today. Over the last few years, she has been involved in a Regional Digital Poll working to implement the digitisation and communication policy of the Archives départementales.

Prof. Dr. Bülent Yılmaz, graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Library Science, where he received both his MS and PhD. His theses were on reading habits and the public library in Turkey. He edited Turkish Librarianship and was the Vice President of the Turkish Librarians’ Association 1996–1998 and Assistant Editor of Information World in 2000. He was the National Coordinator of PULMAN-XT, AccessIT, EMPATIC and LoCloud EU Projects 2005–2015. He is at present a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Turkish Librarianship and Information World and Professor and Head of Department in Hacettepe University Department of Information Management. His academic interests are public libraries, reading habits, professional ethics, information policy, organization of information, communication.

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