Month: May 2012

Netherlands: Halbe Zijlstra

Article by Halbe Zijlstra, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science: “Ain’t nothing like the real thing”, is what Marvin Gaye used to sing back in the sixties. And it is this line that instantly came to my mind when I was granted the opportunity to marvel at this ancient masterpiece in person. Nevertheless, the digital copy […]

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Pinterest Collaboration: Biblioteca de Catalunya

Back in March of this year we blogged about Pinterest and its potential for GLAMs (galleries, archives, and museums) – touching on how its visual bookmarking features can be utilised for digital curation. Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting” via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Together with […]

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Finland: Paavo Arhinmäki

Arti­cle by Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister for Culture and Sport: In my childhood during the 80’s all the boys – no matter if they were sons of a bank manager or the mailman – we all had rubbery soccer cleats. These were cheap, but as they are made of rubber – quite uncomfortable. Then became the era […]

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Douze Points! The Eurovision Song Contest

Tomorrow evening, May 26, the 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, following Azerbaijan’s win last year. The event has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and it is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. The song contest  is also one of the oldest […]

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Ireland: Jimmy Deenihan

Article by Government Minister Jimmy Deenihan: The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, which is among the most historically significant of the documents in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, has been selected by me to showcase the many digital items from Ireland that are being made available online through Europeana. This document is potent […]

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Denmark: Uffe Elbæk

Arti­cle by Uffe Elbæk, Culture Minister of Denmark: At first look, this seems to be an unremarkable image. Three men in front of a brick wall, quite ordinary, except perhaps for their very fine and well-groomed moustaches. But just behind this façade, the image tells of epoch-turning events in European history. The three men are in […]

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Cyprus: Giorgos Demosthenous

Arti­cle by Giorgos Demosthenous, Min­is­ter of Education and Culture: Cultural heritage can be items of a historical nature or items of present day creation. From all items in Europeana I choose to present this video that combines both elements by showing the process of the digital imprint of this remarkable monument, the church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, better […]

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An American Icon, a European Dream

This is a guest blog post from Norman Rodger, Projects and Innovations Manager for Edinburgh University Collections. Norman has been involved with Europeana since 2008, initially in his capacity as manager of the MIMO Project (Musical Instrument Museums Online). He is also a member of the Europeana Communications Group and a member of the Europeana Network. What is it about […]

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Lithuania: Arūnas Gelūnas

Arti­cle by Arūnas Gelūnas, Minister of Culture: One of the greatest contributions of old Lithuania to European and World science and culture is the work of Kazimieras Semenavičius ‘Artis Magnae Artilleriae‘. In his book printed in Amsterdam in 1650, the Lithuanian scientist was the first person in the world to have described and drawn a multi-stage […]

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Event Summary: Culture for Digital Innovation

What do iconic football boots and the digital economy have in common? Europeana – Europe’s digital library, archive and museum showcasing more than 23 million objects. A unique event in Brussels, 9 May, highlighted how the rich and diverse cultural heritage that you can explore online at Europeana can drive innovation and economic growth and what […]

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United Kingdom: Ed Vaizey / Fiona Hyslop

Arti­cle by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the UK Government, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government: We are delighted to choose this picture of John Logie Baird as our key Europeana image. Television – vision from afar – was one of the greatest inventions […]

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Hungary: Géza Szőcs

Article by Géza Szőcs, Minister of State for Culture: We have no knowledge of any equestrian statue on public display, or indeed, any statue at all which was completed by Leonardo during his lifetime. The well-known, small scale statuettes, like those proudly displayed in the Metropolitan, or London’s Jeanneret collection, may have served as studies […]

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New Virtual Exhibition: Untold Stories of WW1

In the latest Europeana Virtual Exhibition we showcase some of the most extraordinary and untold real-life stories from the First World War.  We traveled around Europe and collected personal stories and items that people contributed through the Europeana 1914-1918 project in Germany, UK, Ireland , Slovenia, Luxembourg, and Denmark. Renowned historian and WW1 author Peter […]

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Sweden: Joakim Stymne

Arti­cle by Joakim Stymne, State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture: This is a view of the Old Town in Stockholm, taken one winter day in 1900 by Swedish physician Carl Curman. I have chosen this image to represent the Swedish content in Europeana because it shows how user interest and demand can, and should, control prioritisation […]

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Malta: Mario de Marco

Arti­cle by Mario de Marco, Minister for Tourism, Environment and Culture: Les Gavroches is undeniably one of Antonio Sciortino’s most famous sculptures. It was originally located in the iconic Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta from where one can enjoy spectacular views of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The statue was placed there in 1907 shortly after its acquisition […]

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Keith Haring’s Birthday

“I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something…” -Keith Haring Renowned American artist and prominent social activist  Keith Haring was born on this day in 1958.       Son of a cartoonist, he was interested in visual art from an early age. He moved to […]

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