As the Europeana digitisation roadshow starts in Germany this week we spoke to Jonathan Purday, Senior Communications Advisor at Europeana.eu, formally of the British Library, about how social media, crowdsourcing, and wiki-principles are preserving European history and bringing academia and the public closer together.
Europeana (@EuropeanaEU), a Europe-wide digital archive consisting of over 1,500 museums, galleries, and institutions has launched a multinational drive to digitise pictures, memorabilia, letters, notes and other family heirlooms before they decay and are lost forever.
Fund:it encourages social networking users and others to donate small amounts of money to groups and organisations who wish to set up arts or technology projects in Ireland. As with other crowdfunding networks Fund:it follows sets a minimum monetary total and a time limit for each project, if a project fails to reach or exceed its target the funding will not go through.
Fund:it uses, to borrow a phrase from Chirs Andersen, “the long tail” of the web to create enough start-up capital for Irish arts and cultural organisations. What this means is that the organisation will encourage a large number of individuals to donate small amounts of money each.