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Openness, Interoperability & Stewardship of Cultural Heritage Data in Research Libraries

On Monday 9 April 2018, LIBER’s Digital Humanities and Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group will host the first feedback workshop for the Cultural Heritage Re-use Charter.

The workshop will focus on three of the Charter’s principles: “Openness, Interoperability and Stewardship”. The workshop aims to gather contributions and spark debate about the three principles of openness, interoperability and stewardship and their relation to the practices of research libraries. Attendance is free. The workshop is open to all staff working in LIBER libraries and interested parties.

Cultural Heritage Re-use Charter

Several European organisations (APEF, CLARIN, DARIAH, Europeana, E-RIHS) and European projects (Iperion-CH, PARTHENOS) involved in the cultural heritage domain are working together to set up principles and mechanisms for improving the use and re-use of cultural heritage data issued by cultural heritage institutions and studied and enriched by researchers.

The first step of this activity concerned the definition of generic principles that Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHIs) and researchers could both adhere to around the themes: Reciprocity, Interoperability, Citability, Openness, Stewardship and Trustworthness. A survey was set up a few months ago to gather feedback from the various communities of interest as to the relevance of the proposal made by the engaged institutions and projects, and the next step is gathering more feedback through a series of workshops and consultations.


The workshop will take place on 9 April 2018 in the KB, National Library of the Netherlands (The Hague) with the following agenda:


  • 10:30 – 11:00: Registration + Welcome with coffee (Foyer)
  • 11:00 – 11:05: Lotte Wilms (KBN): Greetings (Visboekzaal)
  • 11:05 – 11:25: Laurent Romary (DARIAH – INRIA): Cultural Heritage Data Re-Use Charter
  • 11.25 – 11:45: Sally Chambers (Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities / DARIAH-BE): From Digital Collections to Digital Scholarship: how could the Cultural Heritage Charter help?
  • 11:45 – 14:15: Statements about charter’s themes: Openness, interoperability & stewardship


Theme 1: Interoperability


    • 11.45 – 12.00 Block 1: Harry Verwayen (Europeana)
    • 12.00 – 12.15 Block 2: Caleb Derven (University of Limerick Library)


Theme 2: Openness


    • 12.15 – 12.30 Block 3: Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra (DARIAH)
    • 12.30 – 12.45 Block 4: Liam O’Dwyer (Dublin City University Library)


12.45 – 13.45 Lunch (Foyer)

Theme 3: Stewardship

    • 13.45 – 14.00 Block 5: Charles Riondet (INRIA)
    • 14.00 – 14.15 Block 6: Kirsty Lingstadt (University of Edinburgh Library)


  • 14:15 – 15:45: Group Discussions – switch group every 30 mins – moderator stays (Visboekzaal – Gruuthusezaal – Merianzaal)
    • 14.15 – 14.45 Slot 1
    • 14.45 – 15.15 Slot 2
    • 15.15 – 16.00 Slot 3

    15:45 – 16:00: Coffee Break (Visboekzaal)


  • 16:00 – 16: 45: Final discussion of the results of the group discussions – Moderator: Laurent Romary (Visboekzaal)
  • 16:45 – 17:15: Andreas Degkwitz (HU Berlin): Summary of the discussion
  • 17:30 – 18:00 Tour of the KB
  • 19:00 Social dinner (self-paid)


The KB, National Library of the Netherlands is conveniently located next to the train station Den Haag Centraal. Please see the website of the KB for directions. Den Haag is easy to reach from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with trains running approximately every 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can fly to Rotterdam The Hague Airport which has a bus and metro connection to Den Haag or take an international train. Many hotels are located in the city centre of Den Haag and within walking distance of the KB.


Please use this form to register for the workshops and this form to register for the social events (dinner and tour).

This workshop is organised in combination with the LIBER DH & DCH Working Group Members Meeting that will take place on 10 April. For more information or when you have questions, please contact Andreas Degkwitz or Lotte Wilms.



09 Apr 2018


1:00 pm - 6:00 pm