Towards a European digital
library
Activities of the Conference of
European National Librarians
(CENL)
Dr. Britta Woldering, Dr. Jill Cousins
CENL
• has members from (almost) every member
country of the Council of Europe and
Vatican City:
• 47 members from 45 countries
• was established in 1987
• is a foundation under Dutch law
• INGO enjoying participatory status with the
Council of Europe
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CENL activities
• Annual board meetings
• Working groups on
– electronic publications (with FEP)
– performance evaluation
– persistent identifiers
– digital content
• Joint projects
– TEL
– TEL-ME-MOR
– European digital library project
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Digitisation of content
• CENL promotes a cooperative and widespread
approach to digitisation
• CENL promotes new models of collaboration with the
private sector, publishers and other right holders
Online accessibility
• CENL is a key player in the European digital library
Initiative
• CENL creates The European Library as model platform
for multilingual accessibility of Europe's cultural heritage
Digital preservation
• CENL and National Libraries are stewards of national
collections and cultural heritage
• CENL and National Libraries ensure long-term
preservation and access to digital material.
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Growth of The
European Library
red: TEL founders
yellow: new in 2005
green: TEL-ME-MOR
orange: new in 2006
blue: EDL
white: rest of CENL
members
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EU Vision
Access
Across Museums, Archives, Libraries
initially – then other data or audio or
visual repositories in the cultural
heritage arena
Digitisation
Centres of Competence
Preservation Centres of Competence
EU Vision in writing….
 from the Council of the European Union press release
“Underlines
– the instrumental work done at European level by CENL:
• In organising & creating The European Library as a gateway to the
collective resources of national libraries across Europe
• In carrying this work forward towards the creation of the European
Digital Library
– the work ongoing in the Michael & Michaelplus projects in describing
and linking collections of museums, libraries and archives from
different Member states and providing access to these collections.
– that future work should be based on these and related initiatives,
towards the goal of achieving a balanced cooperation between
libraries, museums and archives”
 Build on what we have but be open to new ways and new ideas –
nothing is set in stone!
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European Digital Library
European Cultural Heritage in a click
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In this timescale
End 2006 full collaboration among EU national
libraries.
From 2007 collaboration to be expanded to
archives and museums.
2,000,000 books, films, photographs, manuscripts,
and other cultural works accessible by 2008
At least 6,000,000 works by 2010
Current state of play - www.TheEuropeanLibrary.org
EDLproject adds 9
more libraries so
minimum 32 by end
of 2007
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Uses inexpensive
client side
architecture
available as
open source.
Free cross-border, multi-lingual
access to digital & non-digital
items from 23 of the 47 National
Libraries
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Uses protocols in situ:
0AI, Z39:50 etc to search
at item level across all
the national libraries.
Imposes language,
metadata & Collection
description standards for
interoperability
Content
Market to universities, research
institutes, libraries,
2 million digitised items
governments, learned societies
and schools worldwide
Steps to the European Digital Library
Project Brief
Review of funding at our disposal
Creation of project proposals
European Digital Library Office
Funding & Planning
Projects
Live
TelMeMor
EDL Project
In Proposal
TELplus
EDLnet
Brings in remaining 9 EU & EFTA countries:
Belgium, Greece, Iceland,
Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Norway, Spain, Sweden.
But also:
• Creates a European Metadata Registry
• Uses log file analysis to determine user need
• Extends multilingual capability of the work
• Promotes OAI
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• Starts process of Conference
developing
the
digital library
Pieces of the European digital library Puzzle
CITER
European
Schoolne
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The
European
Library
Michael
TELPlus Proposal
Estonian National Library & Eremo circa €7.5M
 OCRing of previously digitised material – Czech Rep.
 OAI PMH compatibility – Portugal.
 Improves accessibility – full text indexing & automatic
mapping between multilingual subject indexes - France
 Creates generic module to integrate other services e.g.
searching in thesauri, annotation - Netherlands
 User Personalisation - Italy
 Adds Bulgaria and Romania
• If successful will start around May 2007
EDLnet Proposal
Joint proposal led by Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The European Library)
& Eremo for CENL circa €1.3 M
 Human & Political Interoperability
– Governance, Organisational Structure, a Roadmap and
eventually the Business Model
 Technical & Semantic Interoperability
– Prototypes of possible architectures, creating solutions for
various interoperability issues of access, metadata schemas,
language, search and display
 Users for usability.
 Run by a European Digital Library Office – in parallel
with The European Library
Working Collaboratively
European digital library
Dr. Britta Woldering & Dr. Jill Cousins
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Towards a European Digital Library