Mike Mertens, RLUK, Research Libraries, UK, acts as chair of the Working Group on Europeana.
Although the LIBER Europeana Working Group has not yet formally convened there has been consultation with both LIBER and Europeana. Two of the chief areas that have come into closer relief since the end of last year are those of IPR and licensing, in respect of both the digitization of orphan/out-of-commerce works, and of metadata. In further discussion with the chair of the SCDRD, a modulation of the remit of the Europeana Working Group might usefully bring into more explicit play the work on open licences that the JISC and RLUK are currently pursuing in relation to metadata. There is also the prospect that similarly, issues around the viability and feasibility of LIBER libraries adopting linked data approaches to making their resources more visible and reusable can be profitably evaluated as part of the EWG's programme. Such a rebalancing will hopefully help to address both digitization and resource discovery aspects of the overall SCDRD remit in the context of Europeana.
There is a mailing list for the Steering Committee that is composed of persons who are interested in both the Digitisation and the Europeana Working Groups. If you want to join, please contact Minna Kaukonen, e: minna.kaukonen [at] helsinki.fi.