Are you hungry for a challenge? Reworking Digital Heritage of Food and Drink to Create Material Productions

Author: Angelika Leitner


Still Life with Cheese, Floris Claesz von Dijck,

Europeana Food and Drink, a project promoting the wider re-use of the digital cultural resources is launching its third and final Open Innovation Challenge.

Creatives and craftsmen all over Europe are invited to participate and use the Europeana Digital Library collections to create 2D or 3D products around the theme of food and drink. This can vary from all kind of objects such as glasses, wine bottles, boxes used for product packaging, tools, stickers & logos or handicraft products for educational or commercial use. By promoting the creation of physical objects from digital objects available in Europeana, the Third Open Innovation Challenge aims to connect the food and drink heritage, the agri-food productions, and the creative industry.

The submitted production must be documented by a video to be uploaded on the platform until 20th of December 2015. Videos that present and explain a new product and the production method will be uploaded and made available through Europeana.

Each of the two winning products – one for 2D category and one for 3D category – will receive € 2.000,00 in cash, funded by the Europeana Food and Drink Project.  Winners  will be presented at the Third Challenge Award Event, taking place on January 29th, 2016 in Sevilla, Spain.

Together with 28 partners from all over the European Union, the Research and Development Department of the Austrian National Library is working on making artefacts, images, paintings, books, manuscripts, and other objects available to capture the traditions and to document the development of European food and drink culture. Europeana Food and Drink promotes the creative re-use of digital contents such as long forgotten recipes and cookbooks, images and drawings showing traditional foods and their preparation or remarkable food locations. The support of cultural heritage organisations in development of commercial partnerships with Creative Industries is demonstrating that relevant digital content available through Europeana can provide a solid basis for the development of innovative and commercially viable applications and services.

For further information on the project and challenge, please have a look at our factsheet and refer to the Europeana Food and Drink Website.



A Recap of the Europeana Sounds Conference: The Future of Historic Sounds

Author: Zea Frana

As project partner of the Europeana Sounds project, the Austrian National Library had the great opportunity to take part at the first international Europeana Sounds Conference. On the 2nd of October, the National Library of France (BnF) opened its doors to introduce a diverse audience to the conference’s theme “The Future of Historic Sounds”.

The goal of the Europeana Sounds project is to make 500 000 audio recordings and 200 000 audio related content available. Starting in 2014, the project has been now going on for one and a half years and will expire in the beginning of 2017.The first audio recordings contributed within the project were up on the Europeana portal at the beginning of June 2015


Two of the four corner towers of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). They should resemble four open books.

The conference was opened with a welcome speech by Sylviane Tarsot-Gillery, the General Director of the National Library of France. Richard Ranft, the Project Coordinator of Europeana Sounds and Head of Sound and Vision at the British library took over, giving a recap over the project. He pointed out that there are 1000 years of sounds in European archives and libraries and that currently more sound files are available at a fingertip than anyone could listen to in a lifetime.


The Welcome Screen

Sound heritage: Present and Future

In the first panel discussion, Steen Kaargaard Nielsen of the Aarhus University, Aude Julien-da Cruz Lima of the French National Center for Scientific Research and Pascal Cordereix, of the Audiovisual Department of the BnF and Alexi Rossi of the Internet Archive presented their institutions’ content and collections, elaborating what they are trying to make or already had made accessible. They furthermore discussed the questions of how sound heritage can be made available and if it should be in its “natural state” or edited and what they think the future audience in 2100 will treasure within the collections.


The first Panel Discussion

After a short break, David Hendy of the University of Sussex spoke about “Noise: A Human History” ,a book and radio series on BBC 4 soon to be aired again, He mentioned that “if we uncover historic noises and sounds, it changes the way we perceive history. Sound gives an immersive history, because it is a 356 degree sensual experience.”

The second panel discussion addressed legal aspects: Moderated by Lisette Kalshoven and joined by Isabel Bordes Cabrera of the National Library of Spain, Dr. Simone Schroff of the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi. Problems of creating legal access to sound have been discussed, how crucial it is to overcome the current barriers and that there is still a very long way to go.

In the beginning of the afternoon there was a live performance by Matthew Herbert. He started off with talking about sound in general, the fact that we only had it for about a hundred years and the ethical point of view concerning its context. His performance was built on sounds, which were attributed by institutions within the Europeana Sounds Project.


Matthew Herbert engaging with sounds.

Sounds Innovations

Most of the afternoon was dedicated to the sound innovations that are created within or close to the project. Just to point out a few: Alexander Schindler from the Austrian Institute of Technology talked about possibilities for a more efficient music search: “All the information we need is hidden in the music and with digital signal analyses you can find it and see for example that music with similar features sounds similar. Furthermore this method can be used to enrich Metadata.”

David Haskiya, the Product Development Manager of Europeana introduced the Europeana Sounds Music Channel to the audience, which is running on a test (Alpha) Version at the moment, and is to be released to the general public in the beginning of next year. (But you can already test the Music Channel here.)


Maarten Brinkering making a live demonstration of the Pundit Annotation Tool

Maarten Brinkering of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision made an interactive quiz as an experiment to enrich metadata and included a live demonstration of the Pundit Annotation Tool. Bryan Duggan presented and explained his Tunepal App and Website, with which musicians of traditional music can find out, what the tune they play is, what the music sheet looks like and what it sounds like played by others.

The conference was closed with concluding words by Bruno Sagne, Deputy Director of International Affairs at the BnF. The final highlight though came afterwards and consisted of a concert of excerpts of the Cairo Congress Arabic Music by Hamam Khairy who was accompanied by three musicians and two backing vocalists.

To sum it all up: It was a conference full of very interesting topics, brilliant speakers, interesting discussions and a great organisation.

Take a look at the tweets about the conference: #EuSounds15

More Than Just a Conference: Europeana Creative Culture Jam 9-10 July 2015

Europeana Creative Culture Jam is the final showcase event of Europeana Creative, a ground-breaking project that explores ways for creative industries to connect with cultural heritage.


What Is It About?

The event, which is being held here at the Austrian National Library, will mix inspiring keynote talks with lively discussions on topics ranging from copyright to co-creation and from living labs to business models. It is a platform for celebrating the project’s innovative Challenge winners, playing with the fantastic apps the project has developed and participating in some live crowd-funding madness! You will be able to see demos of the Europeana Creative Pilots, hear lively Ignite Talks and get hands-on experience in productive Co-Creation Workshops. You won’t want to miss the Exhibition Area where you will be able get to see what other cultured creatives from all over Europe are doing.

Europeana Creative Culture Jam will be a celebration of all that Europeana Creative has achieved. And it will also look to the future as the projects continue to pursue its ambitions with fellow creative projects Europeana Food & Drink and Europeana Space.

You Are invited!

Everyone with a creative, practical or strategic interest in open data, cultural heritage or digital culture is invited to join in on the Europeana Creative Culture Jam. Be sure to sign up now to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Pre-Jam Events

Leading up to Culture Jam are a number of one-day Culture Jam Creation Days (Pre-Events). Over the next two months, Europeana Creative will be inviting you to come along to their labs in various European cities and unleash your creativity. Head on over the conference website to find out more!

Registration is now open! Be sure to sign up by 15 May 2015 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

If you have any questions tweet us at @eCreative_EU or send an email to

See you in lovely Vienna!

*This is an adaptation of an event post first published on the Europeana Creative website.

We Welcome the New Europeana Creative Website

Author: Kristin Dill

You might have noticed that some things have changed over at the Europeana Creative website. (For those of you who are new to our blog, Europeana Creative is a European project coupling creative industries and cultural heritage led by the Austrian National Library).Thanks to the developers at Europeana and their nine months of hard work, the site has had a “professional” makeover. You will still be able to access all of the content from the old site, but now you will be able to use new and exciting features such as a clearer navigational structure, an improved upcoming events section, better social media sharing options and a responsive design for your mobile or tablet.

Europeana-Creative-WebsiteScreenshot of the Europeana Creative Website’s Homepage

To see what a great job Europeana has done, head on over and check it out! Or, take a look at the new Europeana Professional website. A good place to start is here, especially if you want to know more about Europeana Professional’s makeover or leave feedback!

*This is a condensed version of “Welcome to the New Europeana Creative Website” published on the Europeana Creative blog.

Europeana Creative Inspired by Brighton

Author: Elisabeth Stricker

At the end of January, the Second All Staff Meeting of the Euroepana Creative project took place at Culture24 in the lovely English seaside town of Brighton. Partners used the meeting to focus on the upcoming tasks and activities of the last stage of project. In two highly-motivated days they gave Workpackage updates, had fruitful discussions about the Content Re-Use Framework and started judging the potential winner(s) of the final Design Challenge.

Europeana Labs, which had its start shortly after the First Europeana Creative All Staff Meeting, reported on their spectacular performance: the site already has 2,218 registered API keys, 18 blog posts and more than 111,000 pageviews in total!

DSCN4212Lizzy Kommen and Breandán Knowlton give an update from the Sound Connections Pilot.

One highlight of the first day was the presentation of the Design Pilot. This digital “live” similarity tool called “Culture Cam” uses a web camera to recognize a colour, a shape or a pattern and then matches this with cultural heritage objects in Europeana. Try it out yourself!

DSCN4218Christina Holm shows how the playful Culture Cam lets images search Europeana.

For more information and to see how the staff VanGo’d themselves, head on over to the blogpost on the Europeana Creative Website!

This blog post is a shortened version of the one published on the Europeana Creative Website.

‘Making the Beautiful Thing’ at EuropeanaTech 2015

Do you want to see what Europe’s leading technical experts, developers and researchers in the field of digital cultural heritage have been getting up to? Then the 2nd EuropeanaTech Conference taking place on 12-13 February at the National Library of France in Paris is for you! The title of this year’s conference is ‘Making the beautiful thing – Transforming technology and culture’. Presenters and participants from Europe and around the globe will be sharing knowledge and collaborating on the themes of data modelling, content re-use, discovery, multilingualism and open data. Join the EuropeanaTech Community to share progress, address problems, and further the technical aspects of Europeana.

Show what you can do!

Do you have an inspiring project that you would like to present at EuropeanaTech2015? This year you have the opportunity to showcase your fantastic work in one of their ‘Ignite’ talk and poster slots. Ignite talks are short bursts of inspiration, presenting projects and developments in easy bitesize pieces.

You can submit your Ignite proposal here. The deadline is Friday 23 January, so act fast!

Want to know more?

For more information about the conference, including the themes of the breakout sessions and topics of the renowned international keynote speakers, have a look at the conference programme.

Registration costs 60 Euro. You can register to attend here.

This blog entry is a condensed version of the one originally posted on the Europeana Professional Website. You can read it here.

Final Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenge still open for applications! Only one more month to go!

Did you ever want to create something new, inspiring and absolutely creative with Europe’s amazing cultural heritage available? Then do so and send in your ideas:

Europeana Creative is once again looking for creative developers, designers, start-ups and other entrepreneurs to re-use Europe’s digitised cultural heritage from Europeana in innovative and creative ways!


Europeana Creative is an exciting European project (co-funded by the CIP) coordinated by ONB R&D, which enables and promotes greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by Europe’s Creative Industries. The project was launched at the end of February 2013 and 26 partners from 14 European countries with diverse backgrounds are contributing to the project.

The previous Challenges, on the themes of Natural History & History Education, Tourism & Social Networks, attracted applications from 16 different European countries demonstrating innovative ideas for cultural heritage re-use. If you wish to learn more about previous winning applications please visit the Europeana Creative blog here and here.

As always, the best idea will receive a tailor made Incubation Support Package as a prize, helping to bring it successfully to the market! The prize consists of specialist support measures delivered by a team of experts providing business mentoring, technical support, assistance with identifying and accessing finance, facilitation of business partnerships, access to specialised testing environments, marketing and promotion support.

What should you create?

A wide range of works for the Design Challenge is welcome with contemporary and creative approaches to digital cultural heritage materials appreciated. For example, including but not limited to results of digital fabrication, media art, design objects, web/mobile applications and services.


Where do you get the content?

Search for it on Europeana Labs. Use Europeana’s APIs for your developments! Access the collections and incorporate them into things like apps, games, websites, even creating mash-ups using other APIs.

Need some inspiration?

Europeana Creative has developed innovative Pilot Applications to demonstrate the things you can do with Europeana content and a little bit of imagination. Please visit the Europeana Creative website to watch the inspirational videos and test the pilot applications!

You think you can be even more creative?

Apply by submitting your project on http://ecreativedesign2015.istart.orgThe deadline for entries is January 18th, 2015 (22h CET). The best applications will be invited to pitch during Europeana Creative’s final Challenge Event in Manchester hosted during the arts & innovation event, Future Everything Festival, at the end of February 2015, where the winners will be selected.

Keep up-to-date with Europeana Creative by following it on Facebook or Twitter and use the hash tag #eCreative when you tweet about it. For more information or questions please visit: