LoCloud final conference report

In February the final conference for the LoCLoud project was held at the new, purpose-built premises of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage agency (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed – RCE) in the historic town of Amersfoort.

LoCLoud conference delegates in the premises of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage agency
LoCLoud conference delegates

The event was opened with a welcome from Henk Alkemade from RCE, who is one of the partners in LoCloud and responsible for collecting information from the many museums and institutions across the Netherlands. Next Ole Myhre Hansen, the project coordinator from the National Archives of Norway, then introduced LoCloud explaining the goals of the project and showing some examples of the content provided.

This was followed by a series of presentations from partners describing the impact of the project in their regions and highlighting some of the content that is now available on Europeana.

Holly Wright presenting for ADS at the LoCloud Final Conference
Holly Wright presenting for ADS at the LoCloud Final Conference

Next there were a series of presentations about the technologies developed during the project including LoCloud Collections, MORe, MINT, the Geocoding service, Vocabulary Services and more.  Our guest speaker Richard Leaming spoke about the BBC/JISC RES project taking as his theme: “Bastille, pop band or historical icon? How linked open data helps teachers, students and researchers find the right one.”

The day ended with a short film featuring the entries to the LoCloud competition and the presentation of awards to the winners.

For a full report on the day’s proceedings please see:
LoCloud Final Conference Article.pdf 1.24 MB

For the conference programme and to access the presentations: https://locloudproject.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/locloud-conference/

New MORe service – Image quality measurement

We are happy to announce the launch of a new service in MORe that measures the quality of images being made available to Europeana.

The MORe quality service reports on the format of the images and their resolution, and provides a warning if images have a resolution below the accepted threshold or if the links are broken or inaccessible. The MORe quality services is designed to support Europeana’s new publishing framework, which asks cultural institutions to make higher quality images available to end users.

Screenshot of the MORe Image Quality measurement service
MORe Image Quality measurement service

Europeana is evolving. Technology is ever improving. The future Europeana aims to offer the inspired, creative or entrepreneurial the ability to take what our data partners provide and use it. For innovation. For education. For research. For business. For personal enjoyment.

To manage content and deliver it in higher quality to its audiences, Europeana has developed four tiers of participation in Europeana. What data partners provide will depend on their own agendas and capabilities, but the higher the quality of information provided by data partners, the more benefit they’ll create for their audiences. For more information about the publishing framework and the tiers please see: https://pro.europeana.eu/post/publishing-framework.  The MORe quality service helps Europeana’s data partners to check the quality of the images that are being made available. This makes it easy to see which tier they’re at and what they can get out their collaboration with Europeana.

Winners of the LoCloud competition

LoCloud launched an international competition inviting students, curators and others to explore their local history through Europeana and share their story in the My Local Heritage competition.

The mission was to find images, texts, film and sound from the archives on www.europeana.eu and relate these to a story about a place and its people. We received many highly enjoyable entries from across Europe. An international jury consisting of Vilde Ronge, the Assistant Director at Riksarkivet/the National Archives of Norway, Milena Popova of Europeana and Kate Fernie of 2Culture Associates, chose a winner and a runner-up in the competition.

And the Winner is…

Mihael Muršec, a second grade high school student from Slovenia, was placed first with his video entry: Maribor in the past and today. “I’ve been interested on multimedia since the primary school” says Mihael Muršec. “I’m a member of the school computer club in II High school, Maribor. I directed and mounted the video that was recorded by the other members of the club: Sven Pušnik, Patrik Rek, Nejc-Filip Svenšek”.

The jury’s motivation

Mihael Muršec’s video is a lively exploration of the town of Maribor then and now. There’s a nice mixture of modern images and videos, with the inclusion of screen captures of searches on Europeana showing how the archives were discovered. The video shows how the town has changed and also how some aspects of people’s lives continue from the past to today.The final sequence compares footage of modern sports/adventure activities to archive images of skiing and other sports about the town giving a strong impression of life in the town then and now.

The runner up is…

Bogdan Stanciu, an experienced, award-winning journalist and non-fiction author based in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, was placed second with his blog post: The Extraordinary Adventures of Private Nestor.

This is the story of a Romanian artilleryman in the Great War, who came to fight against the Japanese, for defending a German colony in nowadays China. Private Nistor took part in the first battles between a plane and a boat, was taken prisoner by the Japanese and wrote a diary with all his adventures, which is now available online. The blog-post uses and cites Europeana as a primary source for text and photos, completing the story with views expressed by various historians and warfare experts.

About Europeana and LoCloud

Europeana is the Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, which collects and provides access to digitised material from libraries, archives, audiovisual collections and museums. At Europeana, anyone can discover, download, share, learn from and be inspired by Europe’s cultural richness, free of charge: books, manuscripts, sculptures, museum objects, crafts, music and other recordings.

LoCloud is a project, which is supporting small and medium sized cultural institutions from across Europe to provide items from their collections to Europeana. The content is focuses on local history and local heritage and can be explored in Europeana by users from their laptops, mobiles and tablets.

About the LoCloud competition

The international competition ran in all LoCloud’s partner countries. The final winner of the international competition was selected based on the engagement with local heritage and Europeana in terms of story, use of original material and archives, sharing of the experience of using Europeana, and the quality of the presentation.

Showcase and awards

LoCloud is holding a conference in Amersfoort, the Netherlands on 5th February 2016, during which we will showcase the competition entries and award prizes to the winners.

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.

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 (www.europeana.eu) 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 (www.europeanalocal.eu) and CARARE (www.carare.eu) 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 (www.locloud.eu) 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