e-Περιοδικό Επιστήμης & Τεχνολογίας

e-Journal of Science & Technology, (e-JST)




Emmanouel Garoufallou1,5, Alexandros Koulouris2,3,5, Sarantos Kapidakis4,5 and Ioannis Trohopoulos4,5


1Department of Library Science and Information Systems, Alexander Technological Educational Institution (A.T.E.I.) of Thessaloniki, P.O. BOX 141, 57400 Thessaloniki, Greece. And Deltos Research Group. E-mail: mgarou@libd.teithe.gr, garoufallou@yahoo.co.uk

2Department of Librarianship and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Athens, Agiou Spyridonos Str., 12210 Egaleo, Athens, Greece. E-mail: koulouris.a@gmail.com, akoul@teiath.gr

3Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing, Department of Archive and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Ioanni Theotoki 72, 49100, Corfu. E-mail: sarantos@ionio.gr

4Veria Central Public Library, 8, Ellis Str., P.O. BOX 236, 59100 Veria, Greece. E-mail: ioannis@libver.gr

5EuropeanaLocal (EDLocal)


This paper presents the EuropeanaLocal project, funded by the European Commission that aims to assist cultural repositories to provide access to digital content that they hold to Europeana, the European Digital Library. The paper emphasizes at the effort of Greek Institutional Repositories to provide cultural content to Europeana via their involvement at the EuropeanaLocal project. Greek libraries, museums and archives content providers trying to adopt interoperability standards, the automated metadata harvesting model of Europeana, enrich their metadata by applying the European Semantic Elements metadata schemas in order to be able to migrate their metadata and make available their content of immense value to Europeana. Finally, the paper analyzes the results of a research conducted in Greek repositories participating in the project, which demonstrates their readiness for this project, problems encountered, the diversity of materials and standards that they are used, etc. Finally, the paper illustrates the growing opportunities arise for libraries and other cultural institutions (archives, museums) through their participation in the EuropeanLocal Project.


Keywords: Europeana, EuropeanaLocal, Libraries, Museums, Archives, Cultural Content, Digitization, Interoperability, Repositories, Harvesting, Metadata, European Semantic Elements, Cultural Heritage Organizations