The University of Oviedo has been integrated in the Europeana platform for the promotion of digital contents
May 09, 2011
The academic institution owns about one thousand videos in the on-line repository boosted by the European UnionThe University of Oviedo is already part of Europeana, a body created by the European Union for the spreading of digital contents with a cultural character in Internet, after the signature of a cooperation agreement which has converted the Asturian institution in aggregator member of the project. In that way, the University not only has the chance of adding its own digital contents to the European platform but it has been chosen to coordinate a future net of collaborating institutions.
The Asturian academic institution has already had an on-line repository of the European platform with about one thousand videos of cultural, academic and scientific activities, and it is one of the small group of Spanish Universities which compose this body. The agreement between the University of Oviedo and Europeana is framed in the plan of the Campus of International Excellence to boost the promotion of the research activity that it is carried out in Asturias and the academic institution's heritage.
Europeana, whose headquarters are located in the National Library of Netherlands, was born in 2008 "with the purpose of making the European cultural and scientific heritage accessible to the public". Through its website, www.europeana.eu, digital collections of museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual files of Europe can be explored. Its more than 15 millions of contents include, for instance, paintings, books, photographs and audiovisual media (films, documentaries, reports...).
The Media Library of the Innovation Centre, which belongs to the Vice-rector for IT and Communications of the University of Oviedo, is the work group which established the collaboration with Europeana. The Media Library –also known as Encycloasturias- has worked in the elaboration and promotion of digital contents related to the Asturian culture and heritage since 2001. Up to date it owns about 3.000 contents, most of them audiovisual (lectures given at the University of Oviedo, reports about science, culture and heritage of Asturias, etc.), to which the access can be done through its website, http://www.encycloasturias.com.
Two of the Enclycloasturias' projects –known as Centro de Conocimiento "Principado de Asturias" ("Principado de Asturias" Centre of knowledge) and Museo Virtual de Asturias (MUVAS) (Virtual Museum of Asturias)- have been funded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, through Avanza Plan. The first of them is a net of institutions boosted by the University and whose aim is to preserve and promote culture and research activity developed in the Asturian sphere. Apart from the University, this net is also composed by the Higher Conservatory of Music of Principality of Asturias; some of the main museums of the region (the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias, the Jurassic Museum of Asturias, the Sea Museum of Asturias and the Mining Museum); six of their most outstanding cultural bodies (Niemeyer Centre, LABoral Centre of Art and Industrial Creation, the International Festival of Films of Gijón, the International Society of Bioethics, the Atlantic Botanic Garden and the Archive of Indianos Foundation); research institutes (National Institute of coal, the Asturian Institute for Milk Products, the University Institute for Oncology and ANM Researches); as well as ArcelorMittal company.
On the other hand, the project of the Virtual Museum of Asturias consists on the digitalization of the most representative elements of the Asturian cultural heritage. Within this project, all the museums of Asturias and much of their interpretative centres were recorded and video reports in which specialists from the University or directors from museums and centres gave their opinion were elaborated. Both the contents of MUVAS and the Knowledge Centres have already been incorporated to Europeana.