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TheEuropeanLibrary.org =- service of all 47 European national libraries - to provide access to their catalogues & digital collections - via 1 central multi-lingual web interface - (= portal) Introduction to The European Library What is The European Library?
The European Library: Background • Origin in 2001: 2.5y feasibility study funded by EU • Intended to create operational service from start, so business plan was part of TELproject • TheEuropeanLibrary.org is live since March 2005 • Funded by the national libraries (NOT EU) • Development + maintenance by The European Library Office (Netherlands – 9 FTE)
The European Library: vision & mission Vision “Provision of equal access to promote world-wide understanding of the richness and diversity of European learning and culture.” “The European Library exists to open up the universe of knowledge, information and culture of all Europe's national libraries” Mission
Members of The European Library – year by year 2005 : Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy-Florence, Italy-Rome 2006 : Malta, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Denmark 2007 :Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Russia-Moscow end 2008 : Bulgaria & Romania end 2008 : Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine end 2008 : Turkey + Russia-StPetersburg 9 23 33 35 43 45
The European Library – Techniques • Collections harvested in central index via OAI-PMH • SRU for distributed searching • Z39.50 via SRU gateways (local and central) • Metadata: • The European Library Application Profiles: Collections / Objects • Based on Dublin Core + terms from other metadata sets • Extra terms based on functionality: it has to trigger a function! • All terms Metadata Registry
web server Overview TEL server(s) central Z39.50gateway Z39.50 SRU Z39.50 SRU SRU central index SRU SRU query
The European Library: related projects • Origin in 2001: The European Library (TEL) • TELMeMore: new EU member states (finished) • EDLproject: more partners • TELplus: improving TEL + new members • EDLnet: Libraries, Archives, Musea and Audio Visual Archives, (more digital objects, feasibility study, concertation excersise, consensus building, proof-of-concept & prototypes) • The end: European Digital Library