The inauguration ceremony of the new National Library of Latvia takes place on 29th August. The European Library congratulates Director Andris Vilks and his team on the opening of their new building.
As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, The European Library has developed an interface to search, browse and view the growing collection (over 4m pages at the moment) of newspapers it has harvested.
The European Library has been commissioned by Law Deans from LERU (League of European Research Universities) to build the LERU Law Portal, showcasing the open access publications at the participating LERU institutions (12 of LERU's 21 members in total).
Nuno Freire our Chief Data Officer at The European Library recently published an article ' Word occurrence based extraction of work contributors from statements of responsibility' in the International Journal on Digital Libraries.
As a provider of metadata to The European Library we invite you to take review enriched Collection Level Descriptions relating to your library holdings on the European Library portal.
In connection with Digital Libraries 2014 (DL2014), APARSEN and SCAPE are co-organizing the workshop Digital Preservation Sustainability On The EU Policy Level on 8th September 2014 in London, UK.
Forward-thinking developers passed through the traditional space of the Senate Library's beautiful Special Collections area to participate in RLUK's first Linked Open Data (LOD) Hackathon in London in May. In the lead-up to the event, The European Library published a series of LOD case studies. Together, the Hackathon and supporting case studies open up insights into early adoption of LOD.
The National and University Library St. Kliment Ohridski in cooperation with the Vatican Museum provides its guests from all over the world the opportunity to visit the exclusive exhibition âï¿½ï¿½Slavonic Manuscripts from Macedonia of the 13th through the 19th centuriesâï¿½ï¿½ starting from 22nd May to 7th June 2014.
The German National Library is using LOD to reach out to communities which traditionally may not have engaged with library information. The Library has published all its authority data and around 70 per cent of its bibliographic data as LOD, and aims to make the complete dataset available on an incremental basis.
The launch of the datos.bne dataset in January 2012 marked a crucial milestone in the LOD journey of the National Library of Spain (BNE). As the Library continues to refine the data and deliver innovative user-facing solutions, it envisages a range of benefits, including increased public access, wider reuse and improvements in quality.
King's College London has managed the successful AIM25 service, an aggregator of archive descriptions in London, for 14 years. The Archive saw LOD as an opportunity to boost accessibility to its archive catalogues, and to explore how best to mine its catalogues to connect up content from archive, library and museum collections.
The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has set out to identify and link the named entities in its textual collections. The KB runs a range of projects to pursue its overall strategic vision of a fully LOD-enabled library, which will ultimately result in enhanced user experience.
We are launching today our new data space where you'll find The European Library Open Search API, RLUK-LOD dataset and a suite of services in the coming weeks.
The Cambridge Open Metadata (COMET) Project was funded by the JISC Infrastructure for Resource Discovery Programme over a six-month period in 2011. COMET aimed to improve the visibility of Cambridge University Library's collections which include Darwin correspondence and Newton manuscripts by adopting a Linked Data approach. In partnership with OCLC, it also explored the value of linked data in catalogue enrichment.
The British Library published the British National Bibliography (BNB), as open data in in 2010, making it openly accessible to users as LOD via a SPARQL end point. In 2011 the Library provided a plain-text search box for non-technical users.
The work of The European Library in developing an interface for the Europeana Newspapers project continues to move forward. In addition, The European Library has now received and published content from 8 of the libraries involved in the project - a full list is available below.
We are proud to announce that The European Library and RLUK is currently working together towards making a linked bibliographic data available as Linked Open Data (LOD). This will be made available for a Hackathon on May 14 at the Senate House in London. Find out more about The European Library's latest developments and projects.
Roberta Cacciaglia, Collections Intern at The European Library, attended the 'Unlocking Sources - WW1 Online and Europeana Conference at the Berlin State Library on the 30th 31st January 2014. Find out more about her experience and the latest big data trends in the context of cultural heritage institutions.
As a project partner in CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure), we are proud to announce this year's Summer School, 'Researching the First World War in a Digital Environment' taking place in Berlin on the 21 - 25 July 2014.
On the 15 th February, in honour of the Republic of Serbia's Statehood Day, the University Library "Svetozar Markovic" in Belgrade launched a series of virtual exhibitions entitled, 'They Built Serbia'.
Registration is now open for the Fifth International M-Libraries Conference presented by The Open University (UK) in partnership with, and hosted by, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The European Commission recently published the first calls for project funding within the framework of Horizon 2020. Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager at The European Library attended a session held by the EC and explains the implications of an ICT call on big data.
Attend the 'Unlocking Sources - WW1 Online and Europeana' Conference taking place on the 30th and 31st January 2014 at the Berlin State Library in Germany.
The Succeed Awards aim to recognise the successful implementation of a digitisation programme, especially those exploiting the latest technology and with a research output for the digitisation of historical text.
The much-anticipated Delpher online research portal was launched as a Beta version in late November. Now you can discover millions of digitised resources including historic books, newspapers, magazines and even radio show scripts from The Netherlands.
With demands on budgets and space at a premium, libraries need to make sure that their collections are adroitly managed for effective teaching, learning and research. But how do they make informed decisions about the future retention, conservation, and dynamic curation of such scholarly materials? RLUK Deputy Director, Mike Mertens, sheds light on the matter.
CENDARI is a research infrastructure project aimed at integrating digital archives for medieval and modern European history. The project brings together information/computer scientists and leading historians within existing historical research infrastructures.
David Prosser's article, Fighting for Discoverability, discusses the many challenges libraries face in the 21st century and the important work being done by Research Libraries UK (RLUK).
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) is The European Library's first research consortium member. This exciting development means that digital resources from RLUK's member libraries will now have a much greater reach within the research community and beyond.
The ARROW Plus project finishes in December this year. A final conference demonstrating the ARROW system, its developments and best practices will be presented on the 4th of December in Brussels.
ARROW Plus is a Best Practice Network project selected under the European Commission's Competitiveness and innovation framework programme.
The Sounds of the Past website, a portal comprising digitised gramophone records, was launched as part of a special project by the National and University Library in Zagreb (NUL). The launch of the website took place on the 7th of November 2013 in the Reading Room of the Music Collection at the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia.
The Kralice Bible Exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the final edition of the Kralice Bible before the Battle of White Mountain, an early battle in 1620 as part of the 30 Years' War.
Memoria Chilena is a fantastic online portal providing digital resources on key themes within Chile's cultural identity. Explore a wide range of online material in the fields of history, literature, arts and culture, science and technology, famous personalities and architecture.
Are you a skilled Senior Java Developer with enthusiasm for the cultural, education or publishing sectors? Do you like implementing challenging requirements with Java enterprise technologies? Do you like to work according to agile development practices? Are you interested in cloud-based technologies? Then come and join The European Library team in The Hague.
Waclaw Seweryn Rzewuski was born in 1784 in Lviv, Ukraine. He was a poet, scientist and explorer who was fascinated with the Orient. He became a hero of the 19th century imagination and appears as a galloping figure traversing through Polish romantic literature and art.
We are proud to announce that The European Library has been featured in four Croatian academic journals - the Croatian Reading Association, the Croatian Association of Chemical Engineers, the Zagreb Library Association and the Croatian Association of Librarians.
We are pleased to announce that our Library of the Month campaign report for September (the KB/National Library of the Netherlands) is now available online. The report provides an extensive overview of the campaign and statistics.
These fantastic illustrations of people were created by Polish artists between 1800 and 1850. The illustrations are housed at The National Library of Poland and are also available digitally on The European Library portal.
The National Central Library in Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Firenze), State Archive of Florence and the Museums of Florence will come together to host a fantastic exhibition entitled, The Way to the Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli from Florence to San Casciano.
Explore the second fascinating highlight for our Library of the Month Campaign - French Cooking Techniques from 1863. This digital resource is an exquisite, detailed guide to kitchen preparation written by Jourdan-Lecointe in 1863. It is brought to you by the National Library of Poland and the Polona Digital Library.
As part of our Library of the Month campaign for October, we will showcase numerous collections on a range of subjects available digitally via the Polona Digital Library (an initiative of the National Library of Poland) and The European Library portal. The first fascinating highlight is about Polish kitchen secrets and recipes through the ages.
The EU-funded project Mediterranean Open Access Network (facilitating the development of open access policies in six Mediterranean countries) will host its final conference in Athens on the 17th and 18th of October 2013.The MedOANet conference will be conducted in conjunction with the International Open Access Conference.
We are pleased to announce that The European Library was recently featured on This Week in Libraries (TWIL), a monthly online show focusing on library development and digital innovation. Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekenstijn are the founders of this fantastic campaign that importantly promotes the libraries sector.
The Joint International Research and Practice conference (Digital Century of Culture and EVA 2013 Moscow) will be held from the 19th - 22nd November 2013 at the Russian State Library (Moscow, Russia). The event includes the 12th International Research and Practice conference entitled Digital Century of Culture and the 15th Annual International conference - EVA 2013 Moscow: Information Society, Culture, Education.
The European Library, as part of the Europeana Newspapers Project, is developing a useful full-text browsing tool that will allow our website users to browse historic newspaper collections. Historians, researchers, students, genealogists, teachers and anyone interested in historic European newspapers will find this new tool of great value.
'Sneeuwwitje' is illustrated by W.C. Drupsteen and is one of the most beautiful editions of Snow White in the fairytale collection housed at the National library of the Netherlands. Explore this fantastic digital treasure now.
ENUMERATE, a project dedicated to creating a baseline of statistical information about the digitisation and digital preservation of cultural heritage in Europe (of which we are a partner), has recently published the results of two important surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013.
On the 24th September 2013 the UK consortium of scholarly libraries, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), will host an event to introduce The European Library to its member libraries. This follows a recent announcement that RLUK has joined The European Library.
We are very pleased to announce the National Library of the Netherlands (De Koninklijke Bibliotheek) as Library of the Month for September! This is of particular importance for The European Library since our office is located inside the KB in The Hague and hence our organisation has a strong connection to this library.
We are pleased to announce the publication of two reports that describe the outcomes and highlights of our Library of the Month Campaign (a campaign that importantly aims to create awareness about one of our member libraries each and every month).
We encourage attendees of the annual meeting to connect with us by means of social media. We will be posting interesting updates on our social media platforms throughout the event, so don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with us and with fellow attendees.
The inaugural issue of the Open Arts Journal, a peer-reviewed, open access digital journal has recently been launched by The Open University. Spanning art, art history, literature, critical theory and cultural geography, 'Cosmopolitanism as Critical and Creative Practice', is guest edited by Eleanor Byrne and Berthold Schoene from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The new Polish National Digital Library 'Polona' as officially launched on the 20th June 2013 during a press conference at the National Library of Poland. The Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, and director BN Tomasz Makowski, attended the launch.
The UK consortium of scholarly libraries, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), has recently joined The European Library, a membership organisation that provides services to researchers, with access to more than 200 million records and digital items from all of Europe's national libraries and a growing number of research libraries.
The Russian State Library holds a very impressive collection of Jewish books and manuscripts. In particular, the Ginzburg Collection comprises items from three generations of the Ginzburg family, Russian entrepreneurs, philanthropists and Jewish culture experts dating from the middle of XIX c. to 1910.
Marko Marulic (1450-1524) was a Croatian writer from Split and one of the most well-known European dramatists. He was a central figure in the Split humanist circle. His epic poem Judita (Judith) earned him the title of father of Croatian literature and he also became known as the Croatian Dante.
In 1899 Gorjanovic-Kramberger discovered a prehistoric site containing human bones, ashes, pieces of coal, stone tools and rubble. He immediately recognised the fragility and significance of the items he uncovered items and worked together with local authorities to protect the archaeological site.
The Digital Academic Repository (DAR) is an online resource that archives and provides access to doctoral and master's theses from the University of Zagreb, as well as those from other Croatian universities.
Osman, a historical romantic epic by Ivan Gundulic of Dubrovnik, is one of the most significant poems of Croatian Baroque literature. It describes the life of Sultan Osman II, his rise, his dethronement and eventual assassination in Constantinople. The unfinished first edition was printed in Dubrovnik in 1826 and the completed first edition was published by Matica ilirska in 1844.
The National and University Library of Zagreb celebrates Croatia's most significant modern author, Miroslav Krleza, in an outstanding and compelling exhibition. The European Krleza Exhibition marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Krleza, one of the greatest and most translated modern Croatian writers.
We are pleased to announce the National and University Library in Zagreb as our most recent partner and our library of the month. Director General, Dunja Seiter-Sverko, explains the impact of this important partnership.
Digitally explore the Misal Po Zakonu Rimskoga Dvora, Croatia's first printed book ever. This unique book dates back to 1483 and is one of the many literary treasures at The National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia.
The Collectio Canonum Dionysiana Adaucta manuscript is considered to be a pivotal papal document dating back to the late 9th Century. It concerns the organisation of the Moravian Church and is thought to have been given to Methodius, 'Apostle of the Slavs', by either Pope Hadrian II (867-72) or John vIII (872-882). The text is a clarification of a clause of canon law that proved relevant for the structure of the Moravian Church.
Croatia joined the EU as the 28th member state on the first of July 2013. As a result, we would like to highlight the National and University Library of Zagreb as our Library of the Month. This month we'll be featuring important literary treasures housed at the library. These treasures have been digitised and are now available through The European Library portal.
The Gutenberg Bible is known as the most famous Bible in the world and was in fact the first book to be printed in Europe using movable type. Gutenberg invented this type of printing in the early 1400's and this invention constitutes as one of the world's most important technical developments.
The Book of Calculation is an intriguing compilation of ancient manuscripts in the fields of astronomy and sciences. It dates back to 818 A.D and is only one of two books in the world to discuss the entire computistical knowledge in Merovingian and Carolingian Francia.
Europeana Open Culture has just released a brand new iPad app available to the general public for free. This magnificent app allows users to view beautiful, hand-picked digital collections from some of Europe's top institutions. It also allows people to explore, share and comment on these collections.
We are pleased to announce The Bavarian State Library as Library of the Month for June 2013. The library's Deputy Director General, Klaus Ceynowa, reveals the many benefits of this new partnership and informs us of some of the treasures housed at the library and now made available online.
Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager at The European Library, recently attended the 8th SEEDI conference. The purpose of the conference is for members of cultural heritage institutions, researchers, consultants and government officials to come together and share best practice in terms of advance digitisation projects in countries of south east Europe - Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Slovenia.
Call for Papers for the 2nd International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications at JCDL 2013
DEADLINE EXTENDED to 02 Jun 2013!
The European Library is going on tour!
Meet us at events across Europe to learn about our new services for research libraries and our recently relaunched website.