Basic minimum requirements to join SearchCulture.gr and Europeana
Any organization that has digitized and documented cultural content
on an online platform can provide its collections to SearchCulture.gr
as long as their content meets some basic specifications.
- The harvesting of metadata will be done through the OAI-PMH
protocol, which is a very popular metadata delivery protocol now
supported virtually by all repositories and digital libraries.
- Metadata should be made available via OAI-PMH as XML,
preferably in one of the following formats: ESE standard proposed by the Europeana library
or the EDM standard, which is the evolution of ESE.
- From the Dublin Core fields (basic Metadata Element Set or
DCMI Metadata Terms Set), you should at least have the value of the
core fields: title (dc:title), item type (dc:type), thematic category and subject (dc:subject), description (dc:description,
dc:tableOfContents or dcterms:abstract), date and temporal information (dc:date, dcterms:created or dcterms:temporal), spatial information (dcterms:spatial),
and creator or contributor (dc:creator or dc:contributor). For the values of these fields, the language must be defined (attribute xml:lang).
- In addition, two (2) URLs should be provided within the ESE
or EDM metadata: the web page of the item (in ese:isShownAt
/ edm:isShownAt or alternatively in dc:identifier), and the
thumbnail/preview image field ese:object / edm:object). It is recommended
that you also provide the web address of the original digital file
(in ese:isShownBy / edm:isShownBy) in order to be able to
directly link to your digital file URL.
- In ESE or EDM metadata, a license for the use of digital
content should be specified in ese:rights (or edm:rights) field:
either one of the creative commons licenses (http://creativecommons.org)
or "In Copyright (InC)"(http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/)
- For metadata, SearchCulture, like Europeana, requires that
they are published under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain
- In ESE or EDM metadata, in ese:type (or edm:type) field,
the Europeana type should be entered (TEXT, IMAGE, AUDIO, VIDEO,
3D), according to the type of the basic digital file.
- For items with Europeana type TEXT, the language field (dc:language) is mandatory
If the OAI-PMH of your repository does not support ESE or EDM, it is
also possible to use the default type OAI-DC of the OAI-PMH protocol or one of the Qualified
DC (QDC), HEAL, MODS,
or DC-DS-XML, subject to agreement and subject to
certain conditions being met (thumbnail availability or sourcing
them from the record pages, also licensing digital content clearly).
If you do not know if your collection meets the required technical
specifications, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
New interoperability and content quality specifications for
publishing on-line digital cultural content
EKT has recently published a new version of specifications to be followed by
specifications document constitutes up-to-date guidelines that
will help beneficiaries of new digitization projects to produce
and publish interoperable, qualitative and re-usable digital