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Parisian Haute Couture in the Early 1900s

22 October 2014 - 11:28am

What’s a better place to show of your new outfit than the popular horse racing tracks in a chic Westen neighbourhood of Paris. The popularity of Longchamp, where races were run for the first time in 1857, signalled a general revival in French horse racing, making it the perfect place for designers and fashion lovers to show their new outfit.

The early 1900s mark the full flowering of Parisian haute couture as the arbiter of styles and silhouettes for women of all classes. Designers would send fashion models or mannequins to the Longchamp races, wearing the latest styles. During the event fashion photographs were taken to identify the creators of individual gowns.

Below we have gathered some of these fashion photographs. Explore all photographs of the Grand Prix in Longchamps through Europeana.

All images are in the public domain, French National Library via The European Library.

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Autumn Inspired Art

20 October 2014 - 11:37am

The second month of Autumn, it’s starting to get cold and wet. Trees loose their green colour and eventually let go of their leaves. Autumn is a season people love or loathe. Many painters have been inspired by this season, a season that starts filled with a wide range of warm colours and gradually introduces us to the cold and grey winter.

We searched Europeana for some beautiful artworks inspired by Autumn, and highlighted them below. Interested in more Autumn related works? Explore Europeana.

Images: Teylers Museummuseum-digitalCentral Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, RijksmuseumStadtgeschichtliches Museum LeipzigThe Wellcome LibraryBibliothèque municipale de Lyon

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‘Take some more tea’

8 October 2014 - 4:24pm

It is finally beginning to look and feel a lot like autumn outside. Perfect weather to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.
This week, we celebrate the whimsy of tea time. Two orangutans sipping delicately from their teacups, a couple with fantastical headgear, Dr Duncan’s caution against hot liquors… such as tea.
As the March Hare said to Alice, ‘Take some more tea’.

All images are CC BY from the Wellcome Library

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Help the National Library of France acquire a national treasure

3 October 2014 - 4:43pm

 By Claire Bertrand

BnF / Avec l’aimable autorisation de Dr. J. Günther Rare Books, Bâle

The French National Library has launched a public appeal for the acquisition of a royal manuscript of King François I of France,Description des Douze Césars avec leurs figures (Tours, c. 1520).

This exceptional manuscript, classified as a national treasure, was illustrated by Jean Bourdichon for King François I of France. The manuscript, which is one of three original copies, is the most beautiful and will be the first to enter the French national collections.

These manuscripts were probably made to be used as diplomatic gifts for King Henry VIII of England and Charles Quint.
The public appeal is open to all who wish to help the French National Library to enrich its collections. Once acquired, the manuscript will be digitised and made available on our digital library, Gallica, for all to admire.

If you wish to participate as an international donor, you may :
- make a donation directly online. It is fast and secure.
Or

Write to us :
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Délégation au mécénat
Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13
France

Or
Contact us at manuscritroyal@bnf.fr or +33 (0)1 53 79 48 51

 

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Contraceptives, buttons and much more

30 September 2014 - 3:23pm

Written by – Ingeborg Verheul, Collection Manager – Library and Archive Atria

Since a few years and to a growing extend, objects form an additional source for historical research. Digitisation makes the material easily accessible for research. The objects collection of Atria consists of over 1700 objects that are related with the Dutch and international women’s movements and women’s organisations. A number of objects come from personal archives of women who played an important role in the emancipation of women and/or the suffragette movement in The Netherlands and abroad. A nice example are the fan or the writing folder of Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929), the first female medical doctor and leading suffragette, who played an important role in the achievement of voting rights for women in The Netherlands from 1900 until 1919.

In the collection one finds loads of obvious objects, typical heritage material of many social movements everywhere: banners, pins, ribbons, buttons, bags, t-shirts etcetera. Quite remarkable are the amount of contraceptives, portraits, games and stamps. Really interesting are the unique pieces that commemorate historical events from the (Dutch) emancipation movement, such as for example the National Exhibition of Women’s Labour in 1989, the exhibition ‘Woman 1813-1913’ or the protest-actions from Dolle Mina (Mad Mina) in the seventies of the last century.

Explore the collection of Atria through Europeana.

All images: Atria, CCO.

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Introducing #OpenCollections

23 September 2014 - 12:50pm

For those of you who are dedicated followers of the Europeana Facebook and Twitter accounts,  you have probably already seen #OpenCollections in your newsfeed in the last couple of weeks. #OpenCollections highlights some of the most interesting and high quality collections from around Europe.

 

Harper’s nov’b'r by Edward Penfield, 1866-1925. Part of the collection of the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon. Public Domain

Open?

So why do we call them open collections and not just ‘beautiful collections’? Open Collections can be re-used without restrictions, and we believe that culture should be shared with minimum restriction. Works that are open because either copyright has expired, does not exist or permission has been given to freely copy, modify, remix and print the material – subject, at most, to requirements that preserve provenance and openness.

This is important for us to highlight because a lot of cultural objects from the previous century are still protected by copyright. This means that you as a user can’t just make copies or modify the work without consulting with the rights holders. A work that can be considered ‘open’ does not have these restrictions.


 Magasin för konst, nyheter och moder 1835. Part of the collection of the Stiftelsen Nordiska museet. Public Domain

Highlighting great, re-usable material

By highlighting the open collections, it not only becomes easier for you to find some of the best material available in Europe, but we also like to support the great work being done by the museums, libraries and archives that make these collections available to you. In this way, we want to bring European culture closer to a worldwide audience. And the good part is, you can share it as well! This is the material you can share freely via social media or use in your own remixes, websites, apps, educational material, and whatever else you can think of.

To keep track of the collections, follow the #OpenCollections hashtag on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

 Het Ganzenbord by Daan Hoekstra, 1920. Part of the collection of the Amsterdam Museum. CC-BY.

How to find more great open collections?

For more interesting open collections, take a look on Europeana Labs, where we present hand-picked collections that can be re-used without any restrictions. When browsing through the Europeana repository, it is quite easy to check if a collection or object is open and can therefore be reused. Just go to the ‘Can I use it’ box and tick ‘Yes, with attribution’. This will filter out the cultural objects that either have fallen into the Public Domain, or are licensed with one of the open Creative Commons license.

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Freedom Express: Final Leg – Germany

16 September 2014 - 4:37pm

The Freedom Express ended its historic journey in Germany over the weekend, concluding an intensive study trip for a group of 20 young Europeans. The participants travelled through six countries in Eastern and Central Europe to discover traces of the different revolutions that swept across the region in 1989. In Germany, the participants set out to explore their final stop, Berlin, the city that was once divided into East and West. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Germany and Berlin were reunited in dramatic fashion, a historic occasion that is ingrained in the memories of many Europeans today. The face of Berlin has greatly changed since reunification. The city is a architectural frenzy that has reinvented itself countless times in the past 25 years. The cultural vibrancy of the 1920s has returned with a vengeance, transforming Berlin from a political curiosity to a vital presence among European capitals today.

Reflections with Monika Grütters

Monika Grütters, State Minister for Culture and Media, takes the time to sit down with the participants of the Freedom Express in Berlin. Image: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

After arriving in the city, the group quickly headed to the Contemporary History Midsummers Night, an annual commemoration at the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship. There the participants listened to a panel debate which featured Gerd Koenen, German journalist and independent historian, together with Karel Schwarzenberg, former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. While there, the group also had the opportunity to sit down with Monika Grütters, State Minister for Culture and Media. Minister Grütters was interested to see what the participants had learnt so far and what expectations they have for their visit in Berlin. The minister also listened to the group as they discussed European identity and their reflections on the European Union today.

East Side Gallery & Europeana 1989 Collection Day

Kani Alavi stands near his artwork and talks with the participants of the Freedom Express at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. Images: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

On their second day in Berlin, the participants had a guided tour of the East Side Gallery, the longest open air gallery in the world with 1,316 meters of the former Berlin Wall painted by artists from around the world. In addition, for over 20 years, the East Side Gallery has been the only authentic monument of the reunification.

The participants met with the director of the gallery, Kani Alavi, an German-Iranian artist who came to Berlin 1980. Alavi lived on the West side of the city near the border at checkpoint Charlie, everyday he saw people attempt to cross the border and used the emotions on their faces as inspiration for ‘It happened in November’, a section of the Berlin Wall that he painted in 1990 and which is now on display at the East Side gallery.

Group from the Freedom Express talk with Philipp Lengsfeld at the Europeana 1989 Collection Day in Berlin. Images: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

Shortly after visiting the East Side Gallery a number of the participants went to the Deutsche Kinemathek, where Europeana 1989 was hosting a public collection day. The group had the unique opportunity to meet members of the general public who wanted to share their stories from 1989. The participants also had the chance to get involved in the process of digitisation. A lot of unique historical material was contributed: from self-made demonstration banners to the original founding charter of the Social Democrats in East Germany. The collection day was also visited by the first freely elected foreign minister of the GDR, Markus Meckel together with Philipp Lengsfeld, a member of parliament.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

The trip may be over, but you can still follow the outcomes and reflections of the journey from each of the participants via their collaborative blog. Also, the entire journey was filmed by a documentary crew who followed the participants on their quest to discover the traces of 1989. The Freedom Express documentary is due to be premiered in Warsaw in February 2015.

In the meantime, ARTE TV will be screening a short programme on 27 September. This short documentary follows the journey and profiles two of the participants who share their experiences during the trip. As a representative of Europeana, I was also a participant of the study trip and one of those selected for the ARTE TV documentary; so I invite you to tune in on 27 September to hear me share some of my thoughts during the trip.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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Freedom Express: Leg 3 – Slovakia & Czech Republic

12 September 2014 - 2:46pm

The Freedom Express is a journey that follows 20 young Europeans as they discover the traces of 1989, an extraordinary year that transformed Europe. Twenty-five years on from the collapse of Communism in Europe, the participants of the study trip are visiting the key places of those revolutions and meeting the people that were involved. On the third leg of the trip, the group was introduced to the Velvet Revolution, which in 1989 quickly swept across Czechoslovakia, overthrowing the isolated and rigid communist regime in an extraordinarily short span of time.

Border Crossings

After spending some time on the Austrian-Hungarian border and meeting the organisers of the Pan-European Picnic, the Freedom Express got back on the road and headed towards Bratislava. Shortly after entering Slovakia, the group was taken into a remote area where they went back in time: Through a specially organised reconstruction, the participants had a taste of what it was like to cross the Czechoslovakia border in the 1980s.

Participants experiencing what it was like to cross the Czechoslovakia border in the 1980s. Images: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

After crossing the border, the group met with Ján Lőrincz, a freelance photographer who through hundreds of photographs captured the dramatic scenes on the streets of Bratislava during the Velvet Revolution. Europeana recorded his strongest memory for 89 Voices, where he recalls; ´It was the feeling of the freedom, because when you live so close to the border and you go up to the hill, you know that the other world is just a stone’s throw away, and yet it’s so far, you can’t do anything about it…´.

Finishing off their time in Slovakia, the participants sat down with three of Slovakia’s most prominent artists of the 20th century: Rudolf Sikora, Jozef Jankovič and Miroslav Cipár. Together they discussed the impact of the communist regime on their work and how they adapted to their newly found freedom after 1989.

Revolutionary Czech Rock

After Bratislava, the participants arrived in Prague  where they met with Czech rock band, Plastic People of the Universe. In the 1970s and 80s the Plastic People of the Universe were the leading band in Czechoslovakia. This avant-garde group went against the grain of the communist regime, and due to its non-conformism often suffered serious problems, such as arrests. The group continues to perform even after the death of the founder, main composer and bass player, Milan ‘Mejla’ Hlavsa.

The next day the group was invited to the German Embassy to attend an event that commemorated the escape of Germans from the GDR in September 1989. The event centred around a discussion with Czech artist, David Černý, together with Jan Bubenik, who was student involved in the Velvet Revolution, and prominent Czech politician Alexandr Vondra. The palace, where the embassy is situated, became the resort of numerous East German refugees who had reached Prague, climbed over the fence and camped out on the grounds. On the evening of 30 September, Foreign Minister Hans- Dietrich Genscher stepped out on the balcony to announce an agreement about the refugees’ voyage to West Germany.

Next stop, Berlin…

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Freedom Express: Leg 2 – Hungary & Romania

8 September 2014 - 5:19pm

A group of 20 young Europeans continue their journey through Eastern and Central Europe to trace the events of 1989, and Europeana has joined them. The Freedom Express study trip most recently stopped in Hungary and Romania, where the participants learnt about the revolutions of each country, and how the events in Hungary sparked the bloody revolutions in neighbouring Romania.

Through this trip, the participants have been lucky enough to meet the protagonists from each revolution and gain first-hand insight on these historical events. The group has also been encouraged via their collaborative blog to discover and share their meaning of freedom, and discuss the impact of the events of 1989 on Europe today, 25 years on.

Hungarian Parliament 

Participants of the Freedom Express engage in discussions with members of the Hungarian Parliament. Images: Paweł Karnowski, European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity.

Hungary was the second satellite state of the Eastern Bloc after Poland to switch to a non- communist government. Participants spent a number of days in Budapest and Sopron. While in Budapest, the group was invited to the Hungarian Parliament to discuss the political changes in Hungary in 1989. The group had many questions for László Kövér, Hungarian politician and the current Speaker of the National Assembly. The meeting quickly turned into a debate regarding current international affairs, and media from around Europe reported on this debate and the reaction of the hosts, forcing László Kövér to publicly apologise to the Freedom Express participants for his response to the questioning.

The Pan-European Picnic

Participants explore the location of the Pan-European Picnic on the border of Austria-Hungary. Images: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

In Sopron, the group visited the location of the Pan-European Picnic and talked to the organisers of the event. The peaceful demonstration was held on the Austrian-Hungarian border on 19 August 1989, an important event during the Revolutions of 1989 that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany. In the scenic setting, participants stood between Austria and Hungary; only the symbolic barbed-wire fence and monuments serve as a reminder of what was imposed previously.

After Hungary, the group boarded the Freedom Express again and progressed to Romania where they visited the Museum of Revolution and met a number of witnesses to the Romanian revolution in December 1989. The participants also visited the city’s art museum where they were introduced to Romanian art. They explored the impact that the communist regime had on the work of artists during the 20th century

A story from Romania

While in Romania, Europeana was able to record their first story from that country for 89 Voices, an oral history project that aims to preserve 89 first-hand accounts of events in 1989. In the story, Brindusa Armanca describes the memory of how her family got caught up in the Romanian revolution in Timisoara. However, at the end of the recording she shares her most emotional memory, when she bore witness to the death of a woman on the streets during the protests. She recalls; ‘When I worked as a journalist, I researched who she was, and now I know. I went to the cemetery and put a flower on her grave. Even if only one person had died in the revolution, somebody has to be punished for that death.’

Next stop, Bratislava…

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The Freedom Express has Departed: Leg 1 – Poland

3 September 2014 - 5:34pm

On the morning of 30 August, the Freedom Express started its journey through Eastern and Central Europe from Gdansk, Poland. The touring study trip is taking twenty young Europeans on a journey to trace the historical events of 1989, a year that transformed Europe. Twenty-five years on from those spectacular events that triggered the collapse of communism in Europe, the organisers of the campaign are raising questions about that watershed. They are showing young people what the world was like on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and they are asking a new generation of Europeans what in their opinion has survived of the spirit of solidarity from 1989.

Participants taking part in the Europeana 1989 workshop in Gdansk. Neil Bates, Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

As you might already know, we have been actively engaged with the preservation of memories from that time period through our Europeana 1989 project, which was launched in Warsaw last year. So far, thousands of stories from people who lived through the time have been added to the website, both via online submissions and through collection days that have been held in a number of cities across Eastern and Central Europe. Now, we are very excited to have boarded the Freedom Express. At Europeana, we love taking new approaches to cultural history, and we understand that our collective history is much more than our books and official records. It is the experiences of real people that help to offer new perspectives and understanding, especially for new generations. So commemorating landmark periods in our history such as 1989 through innovative approaches such as Europeana 1989 and the Freedom Express is very  important, particularly for young people today.

Europeana on the Freedom Express

So far, the bus has passed through Gdansk and Warsaw in Poland. Participants had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the living protagonists of 1989 and talk with them directly. These are the people that not only shaped the time, but had a direct impact on the outcomes. Other highlights have included attending the official opening of the European Solidarity Centre, a speech on solidarity from the President of Poland, a tour of the Gdansk shipyards by a former worker and union activist, a Q&A session with the Culture Minister of Poland, attending Westerplatte at 4:47 to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, and an engaging re-enactment of life under martial law in Poland.

Video piece of Westerplatte commemorations, by Anna Kasperska, one of the study trip participants.

Europeana hosted its own workshop for participants to learn more about Europeana 1989. The 1-hour workshop introduced the group to the project and highlighted some of the fascinating stories that have been preserved as a result of it. A collection day for Europeana 1989 will be held while the group is in Berlin, where they are all invited to take part. They will get the chance to meet members of the general public that bring along their stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to get involved in the process of digitisation. If you are in Berlin yourself, please do come along with your stories and memorabilia from 1989. More information can be found on the Europeana 1989 website.

Participants get a taste of  life under martial law in Poland. Photograph by Paweł Radzikowski, European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity

You can get on board the Freedom Express virtually by following a collaborative blog that has been set up to document the journey through the eyes of the participants.  As Europeana has a seat on the Freedom Express, you can expect updates here on our own blog and new stories on 89 Voices. The Europeana 1989 Facebook and Twitter accounts will also be posting updates from the journey. So, plenty to watch out for.

 Next Stop, Budapest…

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Early 20th Century Water Cyclists

1 September 2014 - 10:33am

Cycling on water, it’s something we have been doing for decades. A water cycle is a bicycle-like watercraft that makes it possible for us move on water using our own legs. In the late 1890s this invention got the name hydrocycle.

To move forward, riders use a crank with pedals just as on a bicycle. The power the rider then puts into the pedals will be shifted to the water or the air via a propeller. For the bike to float on the water, pontoons or surfboards are used.

Below we highlight some vintage hydrocycles that took part in a race over Lake Enghien, France.

All images: French National Library, Public Domain. Explore the whole collection through Europeana.

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Dora Gabe, Bulgarian poet and social activist

26 August 2014 - 2:38pm

Dora and her sister Bela. Varna Public Library, CC0.

Today is the 126th birth anniversary of Bulgarian poet, children’s writer and social activist Dora Gabe (26 August 1888 – 16 November 1983). Not much information in English exists about this prolific writer. The child of a Russian immigrant, she was born and raised in Dobrogea, Bulgaria. She wrote poetry for adults and children, short stories, travel pieces and essays.  Her poems are still taught in schools in Bulgaria.

Here are a collection of photos of the life and times of Dora Gabe from the Varna Public Library. All images are CC0. For more photos of Dora Gabe, click here.

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Europeana Fashion’s Tumblr page has a new look

25 August 2014 - 5:02pm

By Gabrielle de Pooter, Communication Advisor Online Media Europeana Fashion Project

For over a year, the Europeana Fashion Tumblr blog has been showcasing monthly curations from Europe’s top fashion-and costume collections. Partners in the Europeana Fashion project make a special selection of images and video from their collections, some of which have never been shown before, from historic costumes to contemporary dresses.

So far, there have been 18 distinct curations on the Tumblr blog, representing the diversity of partners and collections in the Europeana Fashion project. Curations revolve around time periods, cultures, rites of passage, materials, accessories, brand identities, designers, exhibitions, etc. The collections come from public institutions, such as Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris or MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp, but also from privately owned archives such as Missoni and Pucci.

 

To celebrate and to reframe these 18 curations, Europeana Fashion and Europeana recently redesigned the look of the Tumblr blog. You can now view each curation separately and see information about the image or video directly under the thumbnails.

Currently, the Tumblr is showcasing images from the exhibition La Camicia Bianca. Seconde Me – Gianfranco Ferré. Gianfranco Ferré was a master in making fantastic variations of the classic white shirt. The x-ray-like photos by Leonardo Salvini show the shirts in haunting detail. In September, the Victoria and Albert Museum will curate a collection.

Go to: europeanafashion.tumblr.com

 

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Last chance to enter round 2 of the eCreative Challenges!

21 August 2014 - 12:34pm

On 28 August, applications close for the current Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges on Tourism and Social Networks. So if you have an idea for a new app that uses Europeana content relating to these themes, enter now at http://ecreativechallenges2014.istart.org/

Need a creativity boost? Look at the Tourism pilot VanGoYourself or the beautiful visualisation of bird songs by the Australian artist Andy Thomas.

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17th Century Creepy Crawlies

20 August 2014 - 3:06pm

Insects have been incorporated in many historical artworks, mainly in the very realistic trompe l’oeil paintings and in the dark memento mori artworks. The little crawlies were included to demonstrate technical virtuosity and as symbols of evil and death, while butterflies represented transformation and resurrection.

Insects in themselves were considered unworthy as subjects for painting. By the 17th century however, the obsession with natural history and with insects as a miraculous part of the natural world took precedence, and symbolism was left behind. Insects became subjects of study and fascination.

Below we highlight a collection from Jan Augustin van der Goes. Explore more related records on Europeana.

All items are from the Rijksmuseum, Public Domain.

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17th Century Creepy Crawlies

20 August 2014 - 2:26pm

Insects have been incorporated in many historical artworks, mainly in the very realistic trompe l’oeil paintings and in the dark memento mori artworks. The little crawlies were included to demonstrate technical virtuosity and as symbols of evil and death, while butterflies represented transformation and resurrection.

Insects in themselves were considered unworthy as subjects for painting. By the 17th century however, the obsession with natural history and with insects as a miraculous part of the natural world took precedence, and symbolism was left behind. Insects became subjects of study and fascination.

Below we highlight a collection from Jan Augustin van der Goes. Explore more related records on Europeana.

All items are from the Rijksmuseum, Public Domain.

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Summer Snaps from WW1 Soldiers

14 August 2014 - 12:45pm

Even during the First World War soldiers would find some time to enjoy the warm weather. Soldiers weren’t expected to serve entirely in the front line or in the trenches. Fortunately for the troops, they spent a short period in rest. In a year, only about two months would be spent at rest, and not typically on leave. Perhaps two weeks would be spent on leave – if a soldier was lucky.

Visit Europeana 1914-1918 for more World War One materials or explore Europeana.

All images are contributed to Europeana 1914 – 1918 by Walter Naumann. Do you have an untold story of the First World War? Add your story here.

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Improving search across languages

13 August 2014 - 11:05am

By David Haskiya, Europeana’s Product Development Manager

At Europeana.eu, we have content described in about 30-40 languages – all the languages of Europe and then some! This poses a huge challenge in developing our search function, as the user’s search keywords must match the words in an item’s description to get a ´hit´. If it doesn’t, it ‘misses’. Some examples: A search for Marc Antony would ‘miss’ an item about Marcus Antonius, a search for paintings would miss an item classified as ‘peintures’ (the French word for paintings), a search for Stolthet och fördom (the Swedish title of a well-known book by Jane Austen) would miss an item titled Pride and Prejudice and so on.

So how can we then make it possible to get more relevant search results across languages of description?

We’ve just added a new feature to the portal to help you find content across languages. Basically, the feature allows you to translate the keyword you search with into 6 languages and then the search is made with all of them. Let’s say you’ve defined English, French, Dutch, Polish, German and Swedish as the languages you want to search in. For example you would type in Marcus Antonius in the search box and your search would be translated into Marcus Antonius (German), Mark Antony (English), Marc Antoine (French), Marcus Antonius (Dutch), Marek Antoniusz (Polish), and Marcus Antonius (Swedish) and automatically expanded to use all these variations. The result is that you will now get hits in Europeana you would otherwise miss!

 

We call this query translation and it works best for when you search for named things: person name, place names, names for subjects and topics and for named historical periods. It doesn’t work well when you type in whole sentences like e.g., ´Please give me all paintings by Rembrandt´.

To activate the feature, you click on My Europeana in the portal menu and then on Language settings on the left-hand of the resulting page. There, you can choose your default language for the Europeana site itself, up to six languages to translate your search keywords to and, if you’re a registered My Europeana user, choose which language you want to automatically have item descriptions translated to. Then click the button ‘Save settings´ and the system will remember next time you visit the portal. After that just start searching!

We hope this feature will help you to better find what you’re looking for in Europeana and we plan to make further improvements to it during the year.

 

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Barbers and deep-fried snacks

9 August 2014 - 10:00am

Rotterdam. With its gorgeous harbour and no-nonsense citizens. Its multiculturalism and quirky architecture.
What you may not know about this Dutch city is its contribution to the world’s fastfood heritage –  ‘kapsalon’ – meaning barbershop. The dish is believed to have been invented by a barber who asked the Turkish lunchroom across the street to make a dish with his favourite things – shavings of meat, fries, melted cheese and salad.
These photos on the city’s snack culture are by Joris den Blaauwen. All images Historisch Museum Rotterdam, CC BY.

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Helping cultural heritage institutions get their content on Wikipedia

6 August 2014 - 10:36am

You’re probably quite familiar with Wikipedia, the most popular encyclopaedia in the world, with more than 500 million unique visitors per month and millions of articles in 287 languages. Many articles make use of images that are hosted on Wikimedia Commons, a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.

In order to help cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives, libraries and galleries upload their openly licensed content to Wikimedia Commons, Europeana together with four national Wikimedia organisations created a tool that allows these institutions to batch-upload their content to Wikimedia. In other words: For the first time, cultural organisations can use a standardised tool to transfer thousands of items to the world’s largest collection of openly-licensed content.


Screenshot of a GLAMWiki Toolset batch upload

What does this mean for you? Over the coming months, the illustrations in Wikipedia articles will increasingly include images shared by the cultural organisations themselves. Wikipedia volunteers will insert and contextualise this high quality content, massively increasing the global reach of these collections and improving the encyclopaedia at the same time.

Europeana hopes that by providing this tool, we help cultural institutions to open up their collections and make their heritage content available to the millions of people worldwide that use Wikipedia as a valuable source of information.

In case you’re interested: you can find more information about the GLAMwiki toolset on our Pro blog.

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