About Us

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 8.7 million records (Jan. 2020).
As accredited 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,
• 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.

 Technical support
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
o simple vocabulary keyword addition for easier access for non-scientists
  - others in prep.

Guidance on licensing for multimedia content for participating data providers (►OpenUp! Resources)

Visit us on EuropeanaPro: https://pro.europeana.eu/organisation/openup-natural-history-aggregator



Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith