EuropeanaLocal builds on existing multiplier networks of local institutions to bring together a consortium that represents 27 countries with broad ranging experience of the cultural sector, digital libraries, standards and aggregation services.Veria Public Library represents Greece in the consortium. We are content providers and we also play a more active role in the evaluation workpackage.

The partners have already identified and listed some 20 million items of content which they plan to make available over the course of the next three years. This is a very large amount of content in the context of the content available to Europeana. The potential of local/regional sources may be better appreciated when this figure is extrapolated to all cultural institutions in Europe, especially when viewed in the context of predicted continued growth in digitisation at local and regional levels in the years to come.

EuropeanaLocal will work with the EDL Foundation to establish simple, efficient and sustainable processes through which local and regional institutions can easily make their content available to Europeana during and after the project. It will adopt and promote the use of Europeana’s infrastructures, tools and standards, as specifications emerge – especially OAI-PMH repositories and Europeana Metadata Application Profiles initially, but moving forward to semantic web technologies later.

The expected results include:• the establishment of a network of regional repositories that are highly interoperable with Europeana• an integrated Europeana-EuropeanaLocal prototype service• and the development of thematic areas for Europeana services which integrate content from both the national and the local/regional level.

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