OpenUp! is a growing network of European institutions from the natural history domain, providing multimedia objects to the Europeana portal www.europeana.eu. This includes digitized specimens, natural history artwork, animal sounds, videos and more.
The OpenUp! Natural History Aggregator for Europeana is coordinated by the Botanic Garden und Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Freie Universität Berlin, and AIT-Graz (Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH).
Collections provide standardised metadata via the BioCASe Provider Software (Biological Collection Access Service), the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) or the Museum standard LIDO. During the aggregation process these items are enriched by i) literature references, ii) geo names, and iii) multilingual common names of plants and animals to increase the accessibility of objects by non-scientific users.
The OpenUp! Network involves partner institutions from 13 European countries and contributes more than 8 million records to Europeana by now.
Data providers benefit from reaching new audiences, increasing web traffic to institutional websites and gaining better visibility towards research funding organizations and also within society.
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Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility
of the European Union (CEF)