Work Packages

WP 1 Project management and Coordination

This WP, coordinated by ICCU will:

  • Coordinate all of the work packages’ activities of and to orchestrate all these activities throughout all of the phases of the project making sure that the work package teams reach their specific goals and responsibilities across the overall project;
  • Produce the terms of reference for the best practice network and for the expansion of the Network;
  • Promote activities and exchange of information and data among the members of the Network;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of the project with respect to the defined objectives;
  • Coordinate the project activities with Europeana, with other projects supported by the European Commission within the same Programme, as well as with other national and transnational initiatives;
  • Make provision for the future success of the AthenaPlus outputs, demonstrating the real value of the service to stakeholders and decision-makers, and so underpin future funding.

WP2 Coordination of content and standards

This WP, led by ICCU supported by CT, is responsible for the following objectives:

  • Manage the content provision to Europeana.
  • Gather feedbacks from the Content Providers in order to resolve aggregation problems and to improve and refine the aggregation flow.
  • Provide support to the Content Providers for the mapping of their metadata formats to LIDO and the use of the AthenaPlus ingestion platform.

WP3 Platform for metadata aggregation and delivery to Europeana

This WP, led by NTUA supported by UNIMAR, is responsible for the following objectives to:

  • Integrate the technical components necessary for the ingestion of content into Europeana (ESE/EDM compliant).
  • Publish interfaces for the integration of the technical results within the same user environment.
  • Make the platform available online for validation and for the large-scale contribution of content to Europeana and for dissemination and training.
  • Involve user representatives from within the consortium in the design and delivery of the system, to ensure that it meets their needs and is user-friendly, reliable and scalable.
  • Verify that the technology platform can be integrated with minimum effort into the Europeana core codebase and/or used by Europeana as a suite of external web services.

WP4 Terminologies and semantic enrichment

This WP, led by KMKG with the support of MCC, is responsible for the following objectives to:

  • Set up a registry to serve as an archive of reference terminologies stored in an Europeana interoperable format (SKOS RDF) for the cultural heritage sector to consult, use and link to
  • Provide a web service for online sharing of terminologies and semantic mappings between concepts of different terminologies in order to publish the terminologies as part of the Linked Data Web
  • Provide education and training to Content Providers on best practice multilingual terminology management, SKOSification, semantic mapping of concepts and Linked Data publication of terminologies using the dedicated AthenaPlus project Terminology Management Platform
  • Create a semantic repository for the AthenaPlus project that will include all the AthenaPlus metadata in a semantic rich representation giving special effort to the linking process, transforming metadata to a semantically richer representation that permits machine readable semantics (RDF)
  • Explore the potential use of the provider’s terminologies for the metadata transformation to RDF and linking processes
  • Semantically enrich and link the metadata to external data sources
  • Organise pilot sessions with Content Providers to refine the functionalities of the semantic mapping tool and test the possibilities to achieve semantic linkage between the terminologies and the metadata.

WP 5 Creative applications for the re-use of cultural resources

This WP, led by META and PACKED has the objectives to:

  • analyse, define, configure and develop the software components necessary to enrich metadata for a creative use of the content collected by the AthenaPlus project
  • develop software systems for facilitating the generation of web and mobile applications developed to employ the AthenaPlus and Europeana content. It will be enriched for its use in different environments, to be selected by the project Partners and tested in WP6, e.g. virtual exhibition, tourism routes, educational packages, etc.

WP6 Pilots for testing the creative use of cultural contents

WP6 is led by i2Cat and ICIMSS, Its aim is to evaluate and test the tools and solutions designed and developed by WP5, as well as evaluate and test existing shareware and freeware tools, already present on the web or previously developed by the project Partners in a different environment, for checking their integration with the Europeana service.

The goals of the WP are to:

  • define an evaluation methodology for the pilot services;
  • run parallel pilots to demonstrate the benefit of proposed solutions;
  • collect input from the Partners testing the pilots and prepare a manual of good practices / handbook to support other users interested in implementing the pilots;
  • create a model of virtual laboratory, able to manage and support a community of users for testing the pilots;
  • animate a community of users in the partner countries, to stimulate further cooperation at local/regional/national level, as well as to facilitate transnational collaboration on cultural themes of common interest;
  • perform some assessment stages and technical tests to provide the relevant feedback for the technical team working in WP5.

WP7 Awareness and dissemination

WP7 is led by SPK and MICHAEL. Its objectives are to make European museums and other cultural institutions aware of the benefits of making available their digital contents through Europeana, identify new best practices, and disseminate the results achieved to a broad audience. In particolar, WP7 will:

  • stimulate the contribution of content to Europeana by raising awareness of the tools, facilities and best practice provided by AthenaPlus, encouraging the use of richer metadata sets;
  • increase the size of the best practice network by attracting new cultural institutions;
  • raise awareness across the Europeana ecosystem of the AthenaPlus work, and to encourage Europeana itself, content provider and aggregators to take full advantage of the project’s results;
  • build technical capacity in the cultural heritage sector, especially in terms of Europeana and AthenaPlus technologies