meetings, projects

7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings

This week, the 7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings of the Open Discovery Space project are taking place in Helsinki, Finland. University of Helsinki is hosting the event, which started on Tuesday morning with the cluster II meeting sessions. Regading our group, the morning sessions of cluster II are the most relevant ones, as the Content data alignment is being discussed: Enayat has been presenting the updated results on the harvested, pending and new repositories, we have also presented together with Paul Libretch the current status of the search engine as well as the pending tasks. A later session of our interest lead by Open University of the Netherlands discussed the status and future work in the social information to be exposed and managed in the ODS portal, among other issues such as the social info-powered recommender engine.

Tomorrow sessions for cluster III are of special interest to us too, as we will present the work we did creating and giving the content providers online seminars as well as preparing a MOOC for anyone interested in joining ODS project as content provider. David Martin will be the IE representative in those sessions. Bellow, some pictures taken during these days.

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3rd ECVET-Step meeting in Alcala

The 3rd ECVET-Step meeting took place in our hometown Alcala de Henares, from 1st to 3rd December. The meeting was held at a crucial moment during the project lifetime, i.e. just before the end of year 1, so a lot of important discussions took place, many reports on the work done during the first part of our project were done and also a few critical discussions run, specially for the University of Alcala, on the shape and features that the project online services and portal will provide. IE members Enayat, Meritxell and Salvador participated in the sessions.

We presented to our partners the revised version of D2.1 (a report presenting the review of existing information models and metadata implementations in systems that exchange, process, use and combine various competence-related information objects in VET), and also started to prepare the documentation for the soon to come interim report. It was also time to complete our report to IAEI concerning dissemination events, as well as to provide feedback for the exploitation activities and to the quality and risk questionnaires by UDE. On the social side, we had a nice dinner in the surprising tapas restaurant Plademunt (the imaginary restaurant) with lots of funny conversation and laughs to develop the teamwork spirit 🙂

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6TH ODS meeting in Belgrade

During the last 3 days Belgrade, the capital and largest city of Serbia, hosted the 6th ODS coordination and 5th cluster meetings. The overall objectives were of course, to present the progress of the work so far, but also to ensure partner responsibilities, activities and tasks outputs are aligned and to agree on a detailed plan for 3rd period of the project.

A six months extension to the project was announced as a surprise to many of us, particularly to University of Alcala participants Maricruz, David, Enayat and Salvador, who were attending the sessions in a non-particularly populated room. Another important news was the presentation of the new project manager and assistant to the coordinator, Mr. Evangelos Argyzoudis. The Metropolitan University facilities, facing the Danube, were something to remember (see pictures below). As usual, the atmosphere was OK and we all had a great time biking on the Danube riverside.

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2nd ECVET-Step meeting at Ede, Netherlands

During the last 3 days (2nd to 4th of July), the second meeting of the partners of the ECVET Step consortium has been successfully held in Ede, the Netherlands. The meeting, nicely hosted by AOC Raad, was a nice opportunity to discuss the status of current activities such as the consultation meetings and to clarify the concepts and objectives of some incipient tasks. As usual, a homework list was prepared for all to know exactly what is expected from them for the next 6 months. As or us, IE member Salvador visited Ede and gathered all the necessary information. It was really nice to meet all friends like Jad and Tasos, as well as the ones we are working with for the first time in this project such as Petr, Hans and Ales (among others!).

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ODS project meeting in Bayreuth

The 4th cluster and 5th coordination ODS meeting was held in Bayreuth, Germany last week, from Wednesday to Friday. IE members David and Enayat participated in the meeting. In the second day (Cluster II meeting), Enayat (and Kostas from GRnet) presented the work done in the past months regarding the ODS harvesting and its metadata analysis in WP7. They also discussed several issues, ideas and plans that ODS faces in the forthcoming harvesting round.

ODS partners also exchanged their ideas about some tasks which should have to be prepared for the review meeting in June.

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Bayreuth is a sizeable town in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river. The town’s roots date back to 1194 and it is nowadays the capital of Upper Franconia with a population of 71,482. It is world-famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Above, some snapshots taken during these 3 days.

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Eagle project meeting in Ljubljana

The EAGLE project, Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy, celebrated its third plenary meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting took place at the National Museum of Slovenia, which holds an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts. IE member Eydel Rivero took part in the meeting as a technical representation of the University of Alcalá. During the morning session, project partners reviewed the project overall status and next steps for individual deliverables. In the afternoon, a training session was carried out for illustrating to content providers different details of the submission of content to Europeana.

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The first EAGLE international event 2014, “Current Practices and New Directions in Digital Epigraphy”, took place on 19-20 February 2014, organized by EAGLE partner Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Archaeology (Slovenia), in collaboration with Heidelberg University (Germany) and Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy). The doors were opened for all those interested in traditional or digital epigraphy an aimed to the dissemination of general best current practices for digital editions involving several aspects of digital technology applied to inscriptions. The event was divided in three workshops:

Workshop 1: Harmonization and interoperability of Inscriptions (Harmonization and interoperability of Inscriptions). The following points were discussed:

  • The Eagle metadata model and its entities
  • Europeana Data Model
  • EpiDoc as interoperability format
  • Trismegistos and geographical information
  • Vocabularies and Terminologies

Workshop 2: Translations of Inscriptions (Eagle Working Group on Translations and content curation). The following points were discussed:

  • WikiData as best practice for translations of inscriptions.
  • An Edit-a-thon of translations of Latin texts on the Eagle MediaWiki

Workshop 3: Intellectual Property Rights (Eagle Working Group on IPR and user engagement). The following points were discussed:

  • overview on licensing practices and policies in Europe
  • how to deal with IPR
  • how to properly label unlabeled digital items as photographs
  • a photographic workshop on shooting high quality images for online publication and research.
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Organic.Lingua 7th project meeting in Birmingham

Over the last three days, Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th of January, the Organic.Lingua consortium has gathered for the 7th and last project meeting. The city of Birmingham, neighbor to the Black Country region and home of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, is hosting the sessions of this last meeting of our project in the city library, a state of the art building opened only 4 months ago. UAH team members Salvador, Giannis and Vassilis participated in person in the sessions while David Baños did the same over Skype in the technical discussions of day 2.

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During this meeting, we have reviewed again the 2nd Review meeting feedback from the reviewers and PO, and studied the actions that the partners took to address the issues identified during the 2nd review meeting, checked the status of all work packages and demoed all the components developed during the project lifetime. At the same time, we are starting to prepare the 3rd Review Meeting which will take place in Luxembourg next April. On the social side, we visited the Shakespeare Memorial Room and the Secret Garden of the Birmingham Library on Wednesday, where a copy of the First Folio dated 1623 and many other treasures can be seen. Besides, BCU’s Katharine’s friend and colleague Jez Collins, a guy once working as bands manager and founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, prepared for us the tour ‘Birmingham – the home of metal’, to see where Black Sabbath played their first gig, where Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin hung out etc. stopping in a few local pubs for an ale on the way round.

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