Good news for the supporters of Open Data this week came with the announcement that the Conference of European National Librarians [CENL] was adopting CC0 licensing for their data. This was closely followed by the news that EUscreen, representing Europe’s major broadcasting archives, was signing the Europeana Data Exchange Agreement and taking forward its own Linked Open Data plans.
This comes right after the Europeana Foundation’s endorsement last week of Europeana’s Data Exchange Agreement. The Foundation comprises the leading figures from Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual associations. It is committed to fulfilling the public mandate of Europe’s cultural heritage institutions in supporting social and economic development through opening up public sector information .
However, the Foundation recognises the concerns and constraints under which different parts of the cultural heritage network need to operate, and is consulting widely on the appropriate ways in which each domain is able to participate in data-led initatives.
Read more in the press releases below.