Friday 18 September at 19h30 at the restaurant “Casa Caroni” Jagerstraat, 8 Den Haag tel. 070-3460370, Sjoerd Siebinga gives a lecture on:  “Europeana: giving access to European Cultural Heritage through space and time

Europeana

Europeana

Europeana aims to bring together digitised objects from the four European Cultural Heritage domains, namely Archives, Audio-Visual Archives, Libraries, and Museums. A prototype of the Europeana portal was released in the fall of 2008, see http://www.europeana.eu.

In this presentation, it will be focused on some of the blue sky goals for the coming years. In particular how Europeana aims to make discovery of cultural heritage possible by exploiting temporal and spatial relations of objects. For example, if one searches for Beethoven’s 9th symphony, you should get the ability to see the original score, watch a performance, view an image of the house the score was written in or find items contemporary items the city Beethoven was living in. In short it will be presented how Europeana can bring together European cultural heritage to transcend cultural, lingual, temporal boundaries.

Sjoerd Siebinga (born in 1977) is a computer linguist who studied Historical Linguistics, Old Germanic Comparative Philology and Frisian at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the European Library office in October 2006, he worked for the Frisian research institute ‘Fryske Akademy’ in Leeuwarden and the ‘Dutch institute for Lexicology’ (INL) in Leiden. Some of the projects he has worked on in the recent past are Corpus Spoken Frisian (a corpus based on dialectal and sociological selected transcribed spoken Frisian audio-material), Dutch integrated language database (a diachronic database of 8th to the 21st century Dutch), the Old-Frisian Etymological Dictionary with Dirk Boutkan (Brill: 2005), and the new Indo-European Etymological Dictionary (IEED) project by the Leiden University Department of Comparative Linguistics. Sjoerd currently works as lead developer on the Europeana portal prototype, with a special focus on cross-domain multilingual search and semantic enrichment of ingested metadata records.