Europeana Space


Europeana Space is a European project that gathers practices and contemporary technologies for the European creative industries with a consortium of leading academic and technological partners. It was co-funded by the ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

PostScriptum participated in the program as a technological and scientific partner. In collaboration with Onassis Stegi and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), it undertook the analysis of specifications and the development of applications created within the project, ensuring interoperability with data sources (Europeana, Wikipedia, Flickr, Technical Space).

The aim of Europeana Space was to leverage Europeana and other online collections of digital cultural content for the benefit of the creative industries, with the ultimate ambition of generating value through innovative commercial models. The project contributed to offering practical solutions to a range of challenges limiting the use and exploitation of relevant material, such as copyright issues or the fragmentation of content aggregation and redistribution technologies.

Within Europeana Space, three different physical and virtual environments were created to address technical issues (technical space), content issues (content space), and issues related to its commercial exploitation with innovative models (innovation space).

In this context, guides and online tools for intellectual property management were developed, along with hackathons and workshops to inspire and support content providers, while experts also participated to support creative entrepreneurship. Furthermore, through a series of thematic pilots — including interactive television, photography, games, hybrid publications, and educational applications — and the use of cutting-edge technologies, different scenarios for the reuse of digital cultural content were explored, with a focus on Europeana.

For each of the above themes, a pilot application (demonstrator) was designed. PostScriptum was responsible for the Cavafy demonstrator, an application aimed at disseminating and making accessible the richness of the work of C.P. Cavafy and at the same time exploring how the impact of digital literary applications could be increased within specific educational and cultural frameworks. Additionally, it was responsible for the Irish Tales demonstrator, an application that aims to promote the richness of Irish storytelling tradition in an online educational framework and, within the broader framework of Europeana Space, to demonstrate the potential of cultural heritage when collaborating with creative industries.

Discover more at europeana-space.eu.