Saturday, October 8, 2011

DEiXTo & Veria Central Public Library

One of DEiXTo's most important success stories is our collaboration with Veria Central Public Library in the context of the EuropeanaLocal project. Veria Central Public Library is a really remarkable library that embraces technology and constitutes a successful model for libraries in Greece and around the world. That's why it received a 1$ Million international award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2010.

DEiXTo powers the Hellenic Aggregator for Europeana, created by Veria Central Public Library. DEiXToBot based Perl scripts have enabled the metadata extraction of the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri”, the Greek Educational TV and Corgialenios Digital Library in a format suitable for further processing. Once extracted, their rich content was repurposed through customized Perl code and transformed into Europeana Semantic Elements (ESE) format so that it could then be inserted into the aggregator's database.

This is the reason why DEiXTo was cited at the Symposium "Europeana in Greece" that took place on 19 October 2010 in Athens, Greece, as well as at the 19th Hellenic Academic Libraries Conference (3-5 November 2010, Athens).

Hopefully, more digital libraries/archives will use DEiXTo in the next few months in order to be able to export their metadata to the great Europeana collection (more than 15 million items from 1.500 institutions!). And we are more than glad to help Europeana enrich its content even more!

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