On Convergence and Open Data: Challenges for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Eva Van Passel, Olga Van Oost

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This paper addresses some of the challenges libraries, archives and museums face in the digital age, with a focus on organisational and strategic challenges in Flanders, Belgium. As we look at how cultural institutions approach digital access in a networked landscape, the concepts collaboration, convergence and aggregation are key. We first revisit the results of two Flemish research projects from the period 2009-2011. Additionally, we look at more recent policy approaches and implications. Moreover, departing from the ongoing project Europeana Inside, we widen the scope beyond Flanders to address the increasing commitment to open cultural data expected in Europe. We argue that this can be seen as a more recent challenge in the convergence sphere and we look at institutions' view with regards to open data in Flanders. In this way, the paper provides an update to the lessons learned from the projects. It indicates that, certainly in Flanders, high levels of cooperation, convergence and aggregation as well as commitment to open data are as yet still major challenges for many libraries, archives and museums.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWIC). EVA LONDON 2013. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. 29-31 July 2013, London, UK.
EditorsK. Ng, J. P. Bowen, S. Mcdaid
Place of PublicationSwindon, UK
PublisherBCS Learning & Development Ltd.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-78017-215-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jul 201331 Jul 2013


ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)
Abbreviated titleEVA 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

K. Ng, J. P. Bowen, S. McDaid


  • convergence
  • open data
  • Europeana
  • aggregation
  • libraries
  • archives
  • museums
  • LAMs


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