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European Cultural Commons conference

Biblioteka Narodowa

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CEST)

European Cultural Commons conference

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Free pre-conference dinner Ended Free  
European Cultural Commons delegate Ended Free  
Barrier workshop Metadata for access   more info Ended Free  
Barrier workshop Measuring online success   more info Ended Free  
Barrier workshop Guaranteeing sustainability of digital resources   more info Ended Free  

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*** European Cultural Commons conference is an invite-only event ***

As part of the Polish EU Presidency, Europeana and the National Library of Poland are running a high- level conference to debate the strategic framework for a European Cultural Commons - a significant action line in the Digital Agenda for Europe 2020.

The event will bring experts in the sector, including digital entrepreneurs and content aggregators, together with national and European policy strategists and political advisors.

The aim is to agree a common vision for a European Cultural Commons that will effectively deliver the diversity of digitised cultural content in ways that satisfy the full range of user needs and expectations. Key outcomes will be the identification of the delivery barriers and an agreed strategy to overcome them.

During the morning sessions keynote speakers will share their insights on the essence and governance of the Commons, legal issues and user perspectives. Different types of aggregators will elaborate on how they see their position in a European Cultural Commons, their target users and their relationships with other providers in the cultural space. A moderated panel discussion will examine portals' successful content-delivery strategies.

Workshops in the afternoon will explore the various barriers to the Cultural Commons in terms of data access, competences and funding. The result of the workshops will be draft recommendations for the development of an operational European Cultural Commons, as the basis for discussion with national governments, the European Parliament and the Commission.

Register now and join us on 12 October 2011 at the Polish National Library in Warsaw to initiate the European Cultural Commons.  The event is free and travel costs will be reimbursed according to Europeana v2.0 travel rules

Pre-conference dinner, 11 Oct 2011
We are organising a free pre-conference dinner for all participants (venue to be announced at a later stage). Please confirm your attendance by selecting the pre-conference dinner ticket above.

The dinner will start at 7 pm at the restaurant AleGloria.

Agenda, 12 Oct 2011

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

Plenary sessions
09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome and conference opening, Tomasz Makowski, Polish National Library,
                       Piotr Borys, European Parliament 

09:10 - 09:30 - European Cultural Commons and the EC Digital Agenda Programme, Khalil Rouhana, EC
09:30 - 09:50 - Keynote: European Cultural Commons concept and governance, Michael Edson, Smithsonian Institution
09:50 - 10:10 - Rights and the Cultural Commons, Ben White, The British Library
10:10 - 10:30 - New ways of reaching end-users, Angelina Russo, RMIT University, Australia
10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break     
11:00 - 12:10 - Portal Positioning: how different aggregators see their positions in European Cultural                           Commons, their target users and relations with other providers in the cultural space 

National portals: 

Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, German Digital Library
Sara di Giorgio, CulturaItalia


Vertical portals:
Louise Edwards, The European Library
Peder Andren, APENet

Community portals:
Alex Tarkowski, Project Lead, Creative Commons, Poland

Private sector players:
Agata Waclawik-Wejman, Google Poland

Jill Cousins

12:10 - 13:00 - Panel on portal positioning - speakers above, Moderator: Harry Verwayen, Europeana

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch

14:00 - 16:15 -  Barrier workshops which cover some of the main issues web portals are facing in their  digitization efforts, the ability to access data freely, to evaluate their performance in reaching end-users and to secure their existence by raising sufficient funding.


                        (1) Barrier workshop Open content and open data license - barriers and opportunities, Lead: Naomi Korn, Copyright consultant
                        (2) Barrier workshop Measuring online success, Lead: Susan Hazan, Israel Museum 
                        (3) Barrier workshop Guaranteeing sustainability of digital resources, Lead: Nick     Poole, CollectionsTrust

Note: workshops will run in parallel;please select only one during registration!

16:15 - 16:30 - Coffee break     
16:30 - 17:00 - Plenary wrap-up and conference closure

Important: Please book a plenary ticket for the event plenary sessions and a workshop ticket to indicate which theme you are interested in.

Reimbursement rules
Please check the new Europeana v2.0 travel rules at 

Accommodation & Travel information

Below a list of recommended hotels in Warsaw:
La Regina Hotel (5*)
Mercure Grand Hotel (4*)
Polonia Palace Hotel (4*)
Novotel Hotel (4*)
Metropol Hotel (3*) 
MDM Hotel (3*)
Campanile Hotel (3*)

Find out more travel information at

Bus shuttles

In the morning of 12 October two buses will collect participants from the above mentioned hotels.A detailed schedule will be provided later on. If you are staying at a different hotel, but would like to use the shuttle service, please show up at the nearest hotel at the indicated time.

We will also organise bus shuttle for those who have to leave to the airport after the conference.


Have questions about European Cultural Commons conference? Contact Biblioteka Narodowa

When & Where

Biblioteka Narodowa
al. Niepodległości 213
02-086 Warsaw

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CEST)

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Biblioteka Narodowa

The National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa) acts as the central library of the state and one of the most important cultural institutions in Poland. Its mission is to protect national heritage preserved in the form of handwritten, printed, electronic, recorded sound and audiovisual documents. 

The National Library of Poland is also a key partner in several Europeana group projects, incl. Europeana v2.0 starting in October 2011.

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