Europeana Day

11 April 2014
National and University Library in Zagreb

Within the framework of activities of the Europeana Awareness project, the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), together with the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and Europeana Foundation, is organising a Europeana Day with the aim of better introducing Europeana and its various projects to Croatian heritage community and inform its institutions about existing cooperation opportunities.

Working languages: Croatian and English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)

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Europeana is a non-profit organisation that aims to make digital collections from cultural institutions around Europe. Besides developing a database with now over 30 million metadata records of cultural objects, Europeana also works to solve many issues that institutions are facing when publishing their data on the web such as technical standards and copyright. During this presentation, Joris Pekel will give an introduction into the Europeana project and the importance of bringing your collections to the web in the right way. He will also discuss how institutions can work together with Europeana and how this can benefit them.

The year 2014 will be marked by the international commemoration of the beginning of the First World War in the summer of 1914. The projects Europeana Collections 1914-1918, European Film Gateway 1914, and Europeana 1914-1918 have digitized hundreds of thousands of sources from archives, museums, libraries, and individuals. These were made available to the general public on (re-launch: 29.01.2014), making the portal the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material.
Europeana’s family history roadshows have been held in 12 countries so far, attended by thousands of ordinary people who wanted to have memorabilia digitised and tell the stories of their family at war. In 2014, roadshows will be held in five more countries. Families are also encouraged to upload their pictures from World War 1 directly onto the site:

Europeana Creative is a European project which enables and promotes greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by creative industries. Europeana Creative sets the stage for fascinating collaborations between content-providing cultural heritage institutions and creative industries stakeholders in the education, tourism, social networks and design sectors. During this talk different pilot applications will be presented to show some of the new possibilities of digitised cultural content. A focus will be set on a tourism pilot which explores new ways for a surprisingly deep and fun way for tourists to engage with cultural heritage.


Since the printing press was invented and it became possible to copy other peoples’ work on a large scale, there have been questions about ownership and rights. Now that we have the opportunity to show our collections to a scale that was unimaginable 15 years ago, these questions become even more urgent. What are holders of cultural collections allowed to do with it online? What is the Public Domain and why is it important? Europeana aims to give clarity with regard to these questions to both the user as well as the institution. During this workshop we will start off with an introduction into copyright on the internet and go deeper into specific use cases. We also encourage institutions to bring their questions and concerns to the table for discussion.

What is UGC and how does it relate to Europeana and public libraries? This workshop aims to give information on why and how cultural heritage institutions and public libraries could best participate in the Europeana 1914-1918 crowdsourcing campaign in Croatia. It will provide an overview of the tools and guidelines on how to organise a community collection day.
After an introductory presentation about Europeana, UGC/crowdsourcing and the Europeana 1914-1918 project, there will be a round table discussion on how all this could best be implemented in Croatia.



  • Europeana is a catalyst for change in the world of cultural heritage.
  • The Europeana Foundation and its Network create new ways for people to engage with their cultural history, whether it is for work, learning or pleasure.
  • Europeana believes in making cultural heritage openly accessible in a digital way, to promote the exchange of ideas and information. This helps us all to understand our cultural diversity better and contributes to a thriving knowledge economy.
  • The Europeana Foundation is the operator of the Europeana service, including the search portal at and related data services such as the Europeana Application Programming Interface (API) and the Linked Open Data pilot. The Foundation is governed by an Executive Committee and Board, and employs full-time and part-time staff.
  • The Europeana Network is an open, expert forum comprising content holders and aggregators along with providers of technical, legal and strategic knowledge.
  • Europeana services are under constant development by content and technology projects, collectively referred to as the Europeana project group.