Scientists, particularly those associated with natural history museums and botanical gardens, collectively hold large number of multimedia data like pictures, sounds, movies, about specimens and more in their collections. This multimedia content is often held in different kinds of databases and therefore is only available to those few people who can gain direct access to the databases. The attractive multimedia is thus effectively withheld from use for a wide range of scientific applications, which includes research, education, taxonomic study, biodiversity conservation, protected area management, and maintenance of diverse ecosystem services, but also re-use in art etc.
OpenUp! is a growing network of European institutions from the natural history domain, providing multimedia objects to Europeana since 2012. This includes digitized specimen images, natural history artwork, animal sounds, videos and more. 13 European countries take part in the OpenUp! Network so far and contribute more than 8.4 million records (Jan. 2020).
Beyond being Domain Aggregator for Natural History to Europeana, OpenUp! also operates this information portal open-up.eu.
The OpenUp! Network offers scientific, technical and data presentation related support:
• Advice on data quality and rights statements, on data presentation and linkage, as well as cultural heritage relevance,
• Advice on metadata storage, data transformation, data enrichment, data testing,
• Automated update services,
• Data enrichment at the source with geolocation link information, addition of vernacular names and biodiversity literature linkage, others in prep.
• Simple Vocabulary keyword addition for easier access for non-scientists
• Publication through the OpenUp! portal with direct links to Europeana's OpenUp! content,
• Training materials downloadable via the OpenUp! homepage,
• Training workshops.
for the aggregation process (e.g. mapping between Community and Europeana data standards, enrichment of metadata towards compliance with Europeana standards), powered by AIT Graz
• Helpdesk located at BGBM Berlin
Data enrichment at the source
o Incorporation of multilingual metadata, in particular common names of organisms provided by NHM Vienna,
o addition of digital biodiversity literature provided by BHL,
o geo-referenced information
Guidance on licensing for multimedia content for participating data providers (►OpenUp! Resources)
Visit us on EuropeanaPro: http://https://pro.europeana.eu/organisation/openup-natural-history-aggregator