day 2

Tuesday, 27 August

Herry Verhayen (Europeana) opened the day with an argument for change in how should we perceive it through our daily professional routine. This is the very reason he entitled his lecture “Archives in the Hadron Collider […]”

Harry Verwayen presentation

Some of the expected outcomes of the workshop and point of interest as they were collected from the attendants:

  • change the way of thinking;
  • new business models for professionals;
  • risk management;
  • change management;
  • rapid business modelling;
  • how not to say “eh… ” when the money opportunity arise;
  • how to be persuasive

An interesting model was presented and it says on short that a professional should be placed at the intersection of passion, resources and competence (Hedgehog principle). Another model presented was a “Business model canvas” that evolved through time but is always running along these axis: partners and clients with the mix of activities, resources, offer, relation and channels in between.

We retain an important aspect. it is not new, it is brought up by every study, but it is relevant to our case of the day: it is impossible to offer a user experience for all the possible users out there.

In the context of Europeana case, EDM Licensing Framework was brought into focus. There was another good opinion onto all of us agreed: we cannot measure the societal benefits projects and initiatives like Europeana are striving to deliver to society.

In the case of Europeana another aspect came to attention: it is and API business. The things Europeana is:

  • network (setting policies)
  • aggregation infrastructure
  • Data model (EDM)

In the end, the groups pitched project ideas with the following titles.

Verwayen assignements

The second part of the day belongs to Andy O’Dywer (BBC Research & Development) who kindly gave us insight into BBC’s sheer numbers of thousands and thousands of hours of audio – video resources.

This national and universal treasure is struck by many challenges amassed on BBC’s archival specialists:

  • storage;
  • content held in mixed formats;
  • content stored in different archives al over UK;
  • different levels and types of cataloguing;
  • orphan works issues.

Preservation of these materials is in fact striking the right balance when dealing with risks. Andy explained some risks and digital tapes and file formats were exposed in the first row (ex. D3 video format in the early 90s).

Andy O'Dwyer presentation

Then came the issue of providing access to resources. Andy invited Roly Keating, The Director of Archive Content throughout its presentation to make the case of opening the archives to public consultation and how this goal is achieved.

It worth mentioning the four values which are the push on access:

  • educational;
  • cultural;
  • entertainment and nostalgia;
  • personal interest and significance.

Then again everybody got interested in the policies set for BBC archives. And we learned that there are internal guidelines concerning mainly with what to keep, where to send it and which are the restrictions, and external guidelines that are homing mainly on the terms of use, advice for independent companies making programmes for the BBC and how documents should be handled.

For the digitisation issues it is better to leave Andy talk about it.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to groupworking on fictional projects including the digitisation of audiovisual materials.

O'Dwyer groupworking session

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