Europeana Libraries Business Plan
Madrid, December 2012
Presentation outline
• The project
• The value proposition
• The business plan 2013-2015
The long and winding road to the
business plan
Marian Lefferts, CERL
Madrid, December 2012
• The project
• The value proposition
• The business plan 2013-2015
Europeana Libraries – some facts
• 2-year project funded by the
European Commission’s IST-PSP
• Will add over 5 million digital
objects to Europeana
• 19 research and university
libraries are participating
• A project coordinated by The
European Library
• Supported by key international
library associations:
• CENL (Conference of European
National Librarians)
• CERL (Consortium of European
Research Libraries)
• LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques
Européennes de Recherche)
Main aim
• Bringing digital content from Europe’s national and research
libraries to the researcher in a useful, easy way to facilitate
• Data-driven research
• Cross disciplinary
• Special emphasis on social sciences and humanities
research infrastructure
• By developing a sustainable, credible, visible, efficient
service for content providers
Challenges facing the project
• Value proposition
• Offering the European research libraries a tailor-made proposition
• Business model
• Sustainable aggregation and innovation model
Step-by-step approach
• Develop Business Model and validate it
• Develop Business Plan and validate it
Business Model
• First undertook desk research
• Then held stakeholder interviews
• This fed into Scenario development. Four dimensions
Range of services to be offered
Scope/content acquisition
We arrived at:
Flat fee +
Charge for add-ons
Membership structure
Public interface for academics
Bib/cat and
digital object metadata,
for all materials (in an
approp. electr. format)
held @ libs
Feeds Europeana views on data, e.g. union catalogue
Data openly available
Data directly
from libraries
(= richest
Data prepared by
Content providers +
Aggregation team
• Feed back from reviewers (interviewed stakeholders)
• Feed back from business planning group
• Wider community
Coordination Group TEL
CERL EC meeting
LIBER Annual Conference (June 2011)
TEL Management Committee
CERL Directors
Project Plenay in Belgrade (Nov 2011)
From Business Model to Business Plan
• Business Planning Group prepared draft
• Governance model for The European Library was agreed
with LIBER and CERL (April 2012)
• TEL office prepared Executive Summary and promotional
materials based on the Business Plan
• BP was put to TEL Management Committee and the TEL
Board – after which the BP was refined
• Second round of consultation with LIBER Board (Oct 2012)
and CERL Directors (Oct 2012)
• Some further refinements and final costings were added
• Delivered to EU in November 2012
Europeana Libraries Business Plan.
What is the value proposition for
research libraries?
Izaskun Lacunza, LIBER
Madrid, December 2012
What’s on
• The project
• The value proposition
• The business plan 2013-2015
Consultation proccess
• What do European research libraries expect from The
European Library?
• Access to a wide range of quality content through a broad
network of libraries
• Getting libraries’ data into as many researcher channels as
• Linking libraries’ data with other content in Europeana
• Making it possible to re-use data and content
• Getting the researcher as close as possible to the actual object
What does the BP offer to research libraries?
Widened access to libraries’ resources
Participating in new projects for research and development
Networking and knowledge sharing
Cost-effective aggregation
Data enrichment
Marketing of libraries
1. Widened access
• Single gateway to collections and data
• 10 million digital objects, 200 million bibliographic records,
25 million pages full text
• CCO metadata sets:
• Available trough APIs
• Linked open dataset
• Maximizing exposure of content of libraries
• Continuous improvement
2. Participation in R&D projects
• Bidding for projects with participating libraries: the way to
innovate in The European Library framework
• Coming: Europeana Cloud
3. Networking and knowledge sharing
• Participating libraries will access knowledge in:
Data enrichment
Clustering techniques
Full text indexing
Linked open data
4. Cost effective aggregation
• Complete service:
Data management
Distribution of data into multiple channels (i.e. Europeana)
• Europeana Cloud:
• First approach to the cloud as a cheaper infrastructure to store
data and (some) content
5. Data enrichment
• De-duplication services
• Enhanced discovery with external vocabularies
• Handling data formats for several aggregators (i.e.
• Enriched data:
• Search engine optimization
• Reusable for libraries (cataloguing, etc.)
6. Marketing of libraries
• The European Library to showcase libraries and their
What’s on
• The project
• The value proposition
• The business plan 2013-2015
The Strategy and Business Plan
Jill Cousins, The European Library
Madrid, December 2012
Our business plan has 4 major sections
1. Background
Our experience and competencies
Environment in which we operate
The market we intend to serve
2. Vision and strategic priorities
3. Operations
How we will run the service
4. Finance, governance and performance
• Libraries led the way in founding Europeana
• 1997 Gateway to Europe’s National Libraries (GABRIEL)
• 2005 Launch of The European Library
• 2007 Europeana pilot project, supported by CENL, CERL and
• 2008- The European Library re-positions to support
researchers in the humanities and social sciences
• Large dataset of bibliographic records and metadata to libraries
digital content
• Alliances to support strategy e.g. LIBER and CERL, CLARIN and
• Data into virtual research environments e.g. CENDARI
Environment and market
• Research and innovation are critical to future growth of
• €80 billion in Horizon 2020 programmes
• Continuing increase of open access scholarly content,
backed by governments and the European Commission
• Market in humanities and social sciences is large
• Nearly half of EU graduates
• New forms of digital scholarship, facilitated by technology
Our vision
• An expanded The European Library service of national and
research libraries
• The European Library as a core building block in the Europeana
• Partnership with Europeana to deliver a new service,
Europeana Research
• Cross-domain platform to support research in the humanities and
social sciences
Strategic priorities 2013-2015
1. Ensure the sustainability of The European Library as a
core service for national and research libraries
Provide high-value collections and services for users
Embed services in research and learning communities
Develop strategic partnerships
Priority 1: Sustainability
• Membership of national and research libraries, with set of
value-added services
• Look after the special needs of non-EU/EFTA libraries
• Shared, cloud-based infrastructure for Europeana partners,
including The European Library
• Support central structural funding for Europeana, as a
benefit to libraries
• New project funding opportunities
Priority 2: Collections and services
• Largest possible dataset of Europe’s national and research
libraries, with emphasis on open access scholarly content
• Content strategy to support European research communities
• New functionalities, tools and services to enable researchers
to mine, analyse and manipulate data and content
Priority 3: Services to researchers
• Develop and launch Europeana Research platform
• Deepen understanding of digital research practices and how
we support them
• Distribute libraries metadata to support new types of
research, using CC licences
• Further develop API’s for data distribution into researcher
Priority 4: Strategic partnerships
• Build relationship with research infrastructure providers,
• Continue to strengthen partnership between CENL, LIBER
and CERL
• Through Europeana, develop relationships with other
domains (museums, archives etc) to support research
Key outcomes by 2015
• Broad-based membership of national and research libraries
• Scaled, cost-effective cloud infrastructure
• Very large dataset of scholarly material to support digital
• Set of tools and services to interact with data and content
• Set of linked open data to support research
• Long-term partnership with key stakeholders in European
research agenda
• Core team of professionals based in The Hague
• Employed by Europeana and share the same office space
• The European Library is run by a Management Committee of
representatives from CENL, LIBER and CERL
• CENL is currently running elections for 6 representatives
• LIBER representatives are Paul Ayris and Jeanette Frey
• CERL representatives are Ulf Goranson and Raymond Berard
How do we fund the plan?
• Commitment from both national and research libraries is vital
• Core operational funding met by libraries
• Shared fee model for national and research libraries
• Research libraries pay €500—5000
• Discounts for consortia
• Innovation trhough project funding
• Project consortia based on TEL members
Your business plan needs you!
Thank you!
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