Europeana has published its first White Paper entitled “Knowledge = Information in Context: on the Importance of Semantic Contextualisation in Europeana“, written by Professor Stefan Gradmann, Berlin School of Library and Information Science / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Europeana’s first White Paper looks at the key role linked data will play in Europeana’s development and in helping Europe’s citizens make connections between existing knowledge to achieve new cultural and scientific developments. Without linked data, Europeana could be seen as a simple collection of digital objects. With linked data, the potential is far greater, as the author explains.
In the White Paper, Professor Gradmann, an expert in semantic technology, explains how linked data opens up Europeana’s potential to be seen as much more than a simple collection of digital objects, using an example from the experimental Thought Lab. This is just one example of how linked data will allow Europeana to propose connections between millions of items from Europe’s heritage. These connections can then be used to generate new ideas and knowledge, on a scale not possible before.
Gradmann places this advanced search technology at the heart of Europeana’s purpose. “One of Europeana’s main roles should be to help Europe’s citizens create a new era of knowledge from our shared culture and history”.
Europeana version 1.0 is a 2.5 year project that will bring the Europeana.eu prototype to full service. In 2010 we will implement a new version of Europeana with added functionality and access to over 10 million digital objects. Visit Europeana for further information.