Announcing DM2E (Digitised Manuscripts to Europena): Exploring the Possibilities of Linked Open Data in Cultural heritage

Posted on March 19, 2012 by


From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog:

The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce that it will be leading the community work for a three-year EU funded project entitled Digitised Manuscripts to Europena (DM2E). The project consortium, which includes academic institutions, NGOs and commercial partners, will be led by Professor Stefan Gradmann at the Humboldt University.

The project aims to enable as many of Europe’s memory institutions to easily upload their digital content into Europeana.

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But DM2E is not only about enabling more archives and libraries to provide linked open metadata to Europeana, it’s also about working with research communities who will consume the aggregated Linked Data on Europeana. The Italian company Net7 will be leading work on tools that will help scholars from the humanities to work with this data. Tools for semantic annotation and building collections of texts on which complex analysis can be formed will be key.

Susan Schreibman, a leading scholar in the so-called “Digital Humanities” who sits on the Advisory Board for the project, gave a fascinating keynote at the DM2E kick off event in Berlin in which she referred to the pioneering work by the Stanford-based “Mapping the Republic of Letters” team. Their visualisation tools show just what is possible when innovative tools are developed for cultural heritage datasets.

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