img: presenting WEAVE collections at final conference in Girona 16 September 2022.
The content selected by WEAVE content providers for publication in Europeana Collections website showcases the richness and variety of digital representation of tangible and intangible heritage.
Photoconsortium, in collaboration with partner Think.Code and making use of the MINT aggregation tool operated by the National Technical University of Athens, supported the WEAVE content providers in preparing their collections for publication in Europeana.
Matching the high criteria of content and data quality required in the Europeana Publishing Framework, and fully available for educational and other types of reuse, these collections are a great resource for any interested user relating to the rich and invaluable cultural heritage of cultural communities, and is also showcased in a set of engaging editorials and a virtual exhibition on Europeana.
The collections aggregated in WEAVE are very varied, in content and in item types. The content aimed to cover tangible and intangible cultural heritage material, thus offering digital items of built heritage, artworks, posters, historical photographs and representation of traditional practices from different communities.
Among the content aggregated in Europeana by WEAVE we can find monuments, daguerreotypes, photographic prints, contemporary art, music, dance, processions, folklore, and various audiovisual materials that relate to different cultural and minority communities, also including contemporary and somatic practice materials, and conversation with academics and communities’ representatives. Of particular interest are the photography and video collections published by CRDI on the tradition of Castellers, and the collection by TopFoto on historical photographs representing themes of intangible heritage.
The item types include images, videos, audio files and a selection of 3D content that comprises existing models of Slovenian castles, which were digitized by ARCTUR in the context of national projects, and reproductions of fragile daguerreotypes, specifically digitized in the context of WEAVE by CRDI, at top quality and published open access.
This wealth of materials enriches Europeana in the three directions:
– more high quality items, matching the EPF tiers in content and metadata, to expand the Europeana collections
– varied and representative content from different countries, to showcase the richness of European heritage of local communities and minorities
– more 3D records, to preserve built heritage and heritage at risk, which is in line with EC recommendation.
This blog is part of WEAVE – Widen European Access to cultural communities Via Europeana: a project funded by the European Commission under the Connecting Europe Facilities (CEF) aimed at developing a framework to link the tangible and intangible heritage of cultural communities.