Welcome to the Europeana collaboration page on the Meta! This is a portal focused on sharing Europeana's resources with the public and improving Wikipedia's (and its sister projects) coverage of topics related to Europeana's partners collections.
Europeana is a non profit foundation that enables everyone to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.
More than 2,000 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library in London and the Louvre in Paris to regional archives and local museums from every member of the European Union. Together, their assembled collections let users explore Europe's cultural and scientific heritage from prehistory to the modern day.
The goal of this particular page is to foster collaboration between Wikimedia projects and Europeana, in order to make european cultural works more discoverable to the public. We intend to do this through the creation of related Wikipedia content and digitalization of materials on Commons. If you are interested in helping us please leave your username in the participants section. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to post them on the talk page.
“Wikipedia has an active community of editors who are potential GLAM e-volunteers. Europeana shows material from over 2000 GLAMs, with their curators, librarians and archivists: What could happen if we can get these communities to share content and work together?”
— David Haskiya, 2012.
News: GLAMwiki Toolset
- January 2014
GLAMs are currently investing great effort in the digitisation of their resources. However the access to digitised content is still largely restricted to the main catalogues' interfaces or some thematic portals. It is even more difficult to access it freely for re‐use and sharing. On the other hand some initiatives have been built around the concept of free access and openness of digital content. Wikimedia Commons, in particular is undertaking this effort since a few years already and has been building a vast repository of media that is freely accessible. So far the contribution from the GLAM community has been low. The lack of user friendly tools for (mass) uploads and the lack of support in the mapping from libraries metadata standards to the Wikimedia Commons templates has limited the share of library collections in Wikimedia Commons. GLAMwiki Toolset is the solution to this problem.
The GLAMwiki Toolset is a scalable, curator-friendly system for mapping metadata and mass-uploading open content from GLAMs to Wikimedia Commons. With the toolset, GLAMs will be able to themselves map their metadata and perform batch uploads to Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedians from all around the world love GLAMs content donations. They have managed several large content donations for several years. Every time a GLAM wanted to upload their content on Wikimedia, some certain volunteers with coding skills needed to adapt customized code from scratch. Many skills were needed. It wasn't scalable. So in 2011, when GLAM-wikimedians met in events like GLAMcamps or Wikimania, they always talked about "we need to develop a tool" to make it easier for everybody to upload massive donations. Somehow they met with Europeana people. Europeana is a non-profit foundation that enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections in a multilingual space, with a network of 2500 GLAMs, and more than 30 million items with CC-0 related metadata. Wikipedia has an active community of editors who are potential GLAM e-volunteers, so they were complementary communities. Then a partnership between Europeana and four Wikimedia Chapters was created to build a scalable curator-friendly system for mapping metadata and mass-uploading content from GLAMs to Wikimedia Commons. The GLAMwiki Toolset is the result of this collaboration between Wikimedia Nederland, Wikimedia UK, Wikimedia France, Wikimedia CH (Switzerland) and Europeana. This organisations started a project to provide a set of tools to make batch uploads of GLAM content in Wikimedia Commons as easy as possible. The GLAMwiki Toolset is their first brand new fresh tool, developed by Europeana.
Further info at the project page