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User Generated Content - Annotation

Annotations have been a means of scholarly communication and an invaluable research tool for centuries. The EuropeanaConnect annotation tools take this paradigm and make it available for the collaborative annotation of online media resources.

Multimedia annotation

For cultural institutions, annotations can contribute valuable metadata for search and retrieval, which in turn can increase the visibility of the digital items they expose via their digital library systems and additionally via the Europeana portal.

The image annotation interface is based on the Google Web Toolkit.

The map annotation interface is a special variant of the image annotation one. It adds a number of several Geographic Information System (GIS) related features and uses tiled full-scale images, which allows for a user experience similar to that of services like Google Maps. The multimedia annotation tool is already integrated in the Europeana Thought lab.

The EuropeanaConnect Annotation Suite Prototype

  • EuropeanaConnect Multimedia Annotation
  • The YUMA Universal Media Annotator, presented by Rainer Simon, ARC/AIT at the JCDL 2011 in Ottawa.

  • Metadata Annotation

    For users, this annotation tool will be a means to add their own contribution to the portal's metadata. This tool is still work in progress and will be integrated into the Europeana portal in autumn 2011.

    COMPASS: The Map Labeler

    The COMPASS Map Labeler is a part of a study which investigates the effect of social tagging and end-user map annotation on search & retrieval in online map portals. The primary outcome of this effort will be a 'ground truth' for the evaluation of map search engines. The study will also have a second phase. In this phase more advanced map annotation and tagging concepts will be investigated.


    EuropeanaConnect's Work Package 5, Enabling and Integrating Services for Europeana, has organised a series of workshops as part of the cross-project networking and clustering activities in EuropeanaConnect. These workshops were a means to bring together project partners, working on specific technologies, with participants from other projects, initiatives and organisations working in similar areas to exchange experiences, knowledge and views.

  • EuropeanaConnect Workshop on Place Digital Cultural Heritage and the Internet
    (November 4/5, 2010, Austrian Institute of Technology, Tech Gate Tower, Vienna)

    User-Generated Content in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM)
    (May 16/17, 2011, Austrian Institute of Technology, Tech Gate Tower, Vienna)