Europeana Space: Creative with Digital Heritage

We have been silent for a while, but not idle. In the past months the Photography Pilot has been involved in the creation and launch of the online course “Europeana Space: Creative with Digital Heritage”.

The course feeds into the experiences of the Europeana Space Pilots and brings you the results of our research, analyses and test cases. The educational idea behind the E-Space MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – is to lower barriers to the access and reuse of cultural heritage content on Europeana and similar sources, providing tutorials and trial versions of applications and tools alongside with reading materials and useful tips and best practices gathered during the course of the project.

The mission of this MOOC is to show how people can become creative with Europeana and digital cultural content, to demonstrate what Europeana can bring to the learning community, and to bring about the essential concept that cultural content is not just to contemplate, but to live and engage with. This is an extremely topical subject since the online availability of digital cultural heritage keeps growing; it is therefore more and more necessary that users, from passive readers, learn to find, understand, reuse and remix the online resources in an active and creative fashion.

The course launched last month and will run until the 10th of January 2017. As of today it counts 700 learners among GLAM professionals, teachers, developers, students, journalists, people working in the communication field, graphic artists, designers and cultural heritage lovers from all around the world. Not only are they busy with the various modules’ activities, but they are also engaging in what we consider to be the nicest feature of online courses: the discussion forums. These are the ideal places to virtually meet, discuss and exchange ideas, knowledge, opinions, tips and much more with people with diverse backgrounds and experiences in different fields.

If you are interested in digital cultural heritage, if you want to discover how you can engage with and reuse the wealth of digital cultural heritage available online in many repositories such as Europeana, and how you can become an active user of this content, using, remixing and reinventing it for your research, lessons, and development, don’t miss this course out: enroll now and start learning!

Clarissa Colangelo, KU Leuven