Dr. Ina Blümel elected to the Europeana Members Council

TIB scientist to contribute to digital cultural heritage agenda in Europe

Dr. Ina Blümel // Photo: Blümel

Dr. Ina Blümel, senior scientist in the Open Science Lab of the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology. Dr. Ina Blümel has been sucessful in the current election for the thirty-six Members Council of the Europeana Network Association held at the beginning of December and is the first representative of the TIB in the Europeana Association. Europeana aggregates information on digitised materials from archives, museums, galleries and audiovisual collections throughout Europe. As a virtual library, it has been and continues to be instrumental in making Europe's scientific and cultural heritage from prehistory and early history to the present freely accessible in the form of image, text, sound and video files.

The Members Council can be a driving force and determine the organizations agenda. It represents the members of the Europeana Network Association, elects and supports the Board, and reviews, decides and participants in the work of Network Association Communities, Task Forces and Working Groups. The committee promotes regular communication between the members of the Network Association and the Europeana Foundation. Building on this, the members of the Council are individually involved and assume responsibility in the aforementioned groups according to their own interests and competencies. The Council's work officially begins on the 1st January 2019. Dr. Ina Blümel is a member of the Council for three years, after which she can be re-elected for a further three years.

"First I will look at how the Council works and look over the shoulders of experienced members — such as Ellen Euler, Barbara Fischer, and Stephan Bartholmei. I already know some of the members from other contexts and it is nice to now have the opportunity to shape things together", Blümel is happy to say. Among other things, she will contribute her experience from the digital library and metadata projects in which she was and is involved in the TIB, including Probado, Linked Heritage, AV-Portal, Duraark, and NOA — a search engine for freely reusable scientific images.

Ina Blümel has one of her main focuses on 3D models from architecture, her field of study, and coincidentally the development of tools for the curation, delivery etc., of 3D content is fresh on EuropeanaTech's agenda. "In addition, with some Open GLAM activities (GLAM = Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) in the Council, I can definitely find interfaces to ongoing projects with Lambert Heller and my other fantastic colleagues in the Open Science Lab, as well as adjacent areas in the growing TIB research and development department," explains Blümel. "It would be great if we could create even more directly recognisable participation in the Europeana — as we have it in the Wikimedia projects, i.e., that the various contributing communities, expert groups and culture enthusiasts can contribute their knowledge directly and visibly to the development of the cultural digital commons. For example, if we have objects delivered as IIIF image formats, we can mark areas in them and annotate them in a structured way with Wikidata. And if authorships and the origin of different opinions, in the scientific discourse on these objects becomes really visible and machine-processable, we can come out with a granular culture knowledge graph. We should continue to develop tools together with the community, go outside with unfinished products, and then go to the next iteration round with the feedback we've collected.“

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