[CBT] Open Source + Open Culture + Open Data

Brian King bking at mozilla.com
Tue Jun 4 15:27:30 PDT 2013

Hi Builders,

Passing this on in case any of you are interested in helping out or have 
ideas on how Mozilla can help in general.

It raises an interesting issue. How much of what we do to build 
community is portable to other organisations / projects? Sure, we have 
tools such as Bugzilla but right now all of the other work we do is not 
so easily packaged. Can it even be presented in such a way to set other 
communities up for success or is there some magic that only works for 

- Brian

On 3. 06. 13 16:16, Breandán Knowlton wrote:
> Hi there //
> Chris Mills (at Opera) and then Robert Nyman told me that I might want
> to get in touch with you guys. I work on a fairly big digital cultural
> heritage project called Europeana; we're trying to aggregate the catalog
> records of all the museums, archives and libraries in Europe and make
> digitised objects from these collections available through a single API.
> It depends on a lot of data and web standards work, and the goal is
> democratisation of access to culture. The project is ambitious, but
> we're starting to make some progress.
> I'd love to chat with you about building a community around this idea.
> While we're chugging away at our work, and anyone is welcome to download
> our metadata standards
> (http://pro.europeana.eu/web/guest/edm-documentation), code
> (http://europeanalabs.eu/browser) or data
> (http://pro.europeana.eu/datasets), what I'd like to do is transition
> the project into something that feels like more a part of the F/OSS
> community. We're doing this work mostly supported by public grants, and
> we're working for what we see as a public good, but we'd like to spread
> out the contributions to make it easier to fork and patch our code.
> We're working on projects relating to metadata extraction, to OCR, to
> geospatial and temporal enrichment, to entity extraction, to metadata
> mapping and to semanticaly-rich linked open data. All of these bits of
> our project might be of more general interest, and we think that we'd
> have useful things to offer the developer community. We understand that
> there's more to creating a true F/OSS community than just moving a
> repository to GitHub.
> I thought that we might try to do a joint project with Mozilla, since
> you guys are quite good at this, and share some of our goals. We might,
> for example, apply for a grant together to cover the time it would take
> to transition this project from simply having open source code into
> something that would be widely known and used and adopted. Or we might
> find better ways to fit what we're doing into the community structures
> created by Mozilla.
> Is this something that we might discuss? Crazy idea?
> Let me know if you'd be available for a chat to discuss further.
> Best regards,
> // Breandán
> --
> Breandán Knowlton
> Chief Product Officer
> Europeana Foundation
> europeana.eu <http://europeana.eu>
> Phone: +31 (0)70 31 40 971
> Mobile: +31 (0)63 168 0202
> Email: b at breandan.org <mailto:b at breandan.org>
> Skype: brendan.knowlton
> Twitter: @bfk
> *Europeana makes our culture available for all to explore, learn from
> and re-use – learn how at**#AllezCulture <http://bit.ly/17mnbL7>*

Brian King | European Community Builder - Mozilla
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