Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Second OpenUp! Annual Meeting 2013 Prague

In April of 2013, the OpenUp! project successfully concluded its second year, and for that occasion, we organized the 2nd Annual meeting in Prague.

The meeting was held at the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic from Wednesday, April 24th through Friday, April 26th. For the main venue, we chose the New Building of the National Museum, which previously housed Radio Free Europe, before that, the communist parliament, and was built in the early 20th century as a stock exchange. More than fifty participants from Europe and the USA gathered to participate in the meeting.

Group photo

The first day of the conference started with the Steering Committee meeting, where administrative tasks were addressed and resolved. In the afternoon, two parallel sessions were conducted - Technology Management Group meeting followed by Content Providers meeting, and Outreach and Dissemination Group meeting. The first day was concluded by an excellent dinner featuring Czech cuisine at the spectacular Pantheon hall in the Historical building of the National Museum.

Katja Schulz is presenting EoL

The Project Assembly meeting took place on the second day, bringing interesting overviews of project progress and presentations by several invited speakers. We particularly thank four special guests who were asked to address the conference: Katja Schulz (Encyclopedia of Life, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC), who presented past, present and future visions of the Encyclopedia of Life; Geer Oskam (Europeana) introducing aims, efforts and impact of open data provided by Europeana; William Ulate Rodrigues (Biodiversity Heritage Library, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis MO) who spoke on behalf of the Global Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) US/UK and BHL-Europe; and Vishwas Chavan (GBIF Secretariat, Copenhagen), who expressed his views on the changing paradigm in biodiversity data publishing.

Jiří Frank is presenting BLE

After the presentations were over, the OpenUp! Tutorial and Outreach workshop took place being moderated by Jiří Frank (National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic) and Boris Jacob (MRAC, Belgium). During the event, the possibilities and benefits of becoming a content provider were stressed. Important information on providing content to Europeana through OpenUp! was presented, and the role of the Helpdesk was highlighted. Later in the afternoon, a short meeting of the ODG took place again, mainly discussing a new outreach strategy and usage of different dissemination approaches.

On the final day of the conference, the Review meeting by EU Evaluation Panel & Steering Committee took place. The reviewers had no major points of criticism and only a few recommendations, which we will implement during the project's final year.

Presentations given during the conference, as well as abstracts, more photos and other information concerning the event will soon be available at our project website, stay tuned!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The 4th OpenUp! Newsletter

We are glad to inform you that the new OpenUp! newsletter has recently been published at our new project website. You can read the last newsletter issue under this link. The 4th newsletter issue is full of interesting articles concerning different domains and topics.

If you are interested in becoming one of the OpenUp! partners or in what the benefits of membership are, you need to see the article of "A quick guide for becoming an associated partner of the  OpenUp!". We have also published several interesting news from our related projects, such as Europeana, BHL, BHL-Europe and Europeana creative. For the technically-skilled audience, articles on the new BioCASe version release and the implementation of common names web-services for the OpenUp! Content could be useful.

As we mentioned at the begining, the OpenUp! project has launched a new project website. The website´s description is also included in the new newsletter. For those who are interested in nature at your surroundings, we have prepared news on a new BLE topic of “Nature at your home”, which will be published at the beginning of next week.

Traditionally, we point out to our progress in social media and interesting conferences and events and one of them is presented directly by one of our content providers, Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.

Thus, all you need now is to visit our website and go through our latest newsletter issue. Stay tuned!