Wednesday, September 26, 2007


An EDLProject review meeting took place on the 11th of September in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National library of the Netherlands.

Two reviewers chosen by the Commission have assessed the EDLProject progress under EC Project Officer, Mr. Federico Milani. The Agenda featured a presentation from Britta Woldering of the German National Library covering work completed to date and a general overview. The conclusions of the reviewers were very positive and EDLproject activities can further proceed.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Improving Library Services - Outcomes of EDL project Knowledge Sharing Works

Developing more web-services, recommending OAI-PMH compliance and using FRBR techniques in The European Library were all recommendations from the EDLproject Knowledge Sharing Workshop.

While formulating practical actions to further develop the web services of The European Library portal, the workshop also proved to be a good opportunity for EDLproject participants to work with members of The European Library network in a hands-on setting.

The Workshop, organised by The European Library Office, took place in The National Library of The Netherlands. View the full press-release in PDF format.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Mini Searchbox for all EDLproject partners

The European Library has developed a mini version of its searchbox that website owners can easily install on their own site. See

This mini library gives direct and centralised access to Europe’s national libraries. This means webmasters can offer their users:

  • quick check whether a national library has digitised a particular item

  • shortcut to reliable information and material (books, photos, maps, images, films, etc.) from all over Europe.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

EDLproject 2nd Workshop / Vision statement

During the EDLproject 2nd Workshop in Vienna 31 January to 1 February 2007 the participants started to work on the creation of a vision statement for the European digital library.
Two wordsmiths in the shape of David Dawson of the MLA and Hans de Haan of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands went to work and came up with the following for input and comment.

Click on the below thumbnail to view the Vision statement keywords.

Click on the below thumbnail to view the 4 version proposals of the Vision statement.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Persistent Identifiers publication

During the 2nd EDLproject workshop in Vienna, Marian Lefferts, CERL (Consortium of European Research Libraries) Executive Manager promised to communicate the details of the report on Persistent Identifiers that CERL and ECPA published last year.

"Hans-Werner Hilse and Jochen Kothe, Implementing Persistent Identifiers: Overview of concepts, guidelines and recommendations. London / Amsterdam: Consortium of European Libraries and European Commission on Preservation and Access, 2006. ISBN 90-6984-508-3."

The PDF version is available at:

For further information, click here.

On Marian Lefferts' behalf, thank you.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

WP1: the 2007 boost!

WP1 assists Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain and Sweden in making their resources available through The European Library and becoming Full Participants of The European Library in a sustainable way.

EDLproject partners and The European Library Technical Working Group were invited to meet during the Joint Knowledge Sharing Workshop held in the National Library of the Netherlands on January 11th and 12th, 2007.

The aim of the meeting was to explain the DRAFT-ImplementationPlan, investigate the OAI compliance of EDLproject partners, elaborate the concept of web services in The European Library infrastructure and investigate FRBR implementation solutions.

The Joint meeting was a success in terms of networking, communication with experienced Full Participants of The European Library and a concrete opportunity to clarify technical issues related to collection implementation.

Highlights in pictures (Click on the thumbnails):

Friday, December 01, 2006

EDLproject video presentation

Larger format available on YouTube
EDLproject video presentation by Olaf Janssen, WP1 leader.

The presentation was given in November 2006 in the premises of The National Library of The Netherlands.