Although the MARC-based infrastructure is extensive, and MARC has been adapted to changing technologies, a major effort to create a comparable exchange vehicle that is grounded in the current and expected future shape of data interchange is needed.

The Recommendation asks Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve private actors in digitising cultural material and making it available through Europeana.

In particular, the Recommendation invites Member States to put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation, make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, get more in-copyright material online, and reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material.

In June 2011, Stanford University hosted a group of librarians and technologists to examine issues and challenges surrounding the use of linked data for library applications. This report summarizes the activities and discussions that took place during the workshop, describes what came out of the workshop, outlines next steps identified by the participants, and provides contextual and background information, including preliminary reports and biographies of workshop participants. The workshop report was produced and edited by the participants and staff at Stanford University Libraries.

In June 2011 the Open University Senate recognized Digital Humanities as one of two new University Thematic Research Networks, and it was launched at a colloquium on 8 July. During the coming months we plan to develop collaborative activity across the University, with a particular emphases on exploring how the use of digital technologies is shaping the research process, and on their potentialities for enhancing our mission of ‘openness’ in research.  Appointment of a Research Associate who will play a leading role in taking this process forward is currently underway. In the meantime for details of the ongoing programme of workshops and seminars, please see the Events page.

In July 2011, the Open University held a colloquium called ‘Digital technologies: help or hindrance for the humanities?’, in part to celebrate the launch of the Thematic Research Network for Digital Humanities at the OU. … a workshop was also held at the OU’s Milton Keynes campus on Thursday to discuss some of the key ideas that came from the colloquium and to consider the agenda for the thematic research network.  I was invited to present in the workshop, and I’ve shared my notes and some comments below (though of course the spoken version varied slightly)