Linked Heritage: learning objects and training materials
The University of Padua’s University Library Centre (CAB, Centro di Ateneo per le Biblioteche) took part in the international Linked Heritage project, and, as the project leader for training and dissemination of project results, produced the multimedia documents that form this collection.
Linked Heritage is a project funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP, 2007–2013). Launched in April of 2011 and ending in September 2013, the programme involved 38 partners from 20 EU member countries as well as Russia and Israel.
Over the course of the 30 months, the Linked Heritage working groups provided Europeana – Europe’s largest digital library – with new content from both the public and private sectors, as well as developing new open source web applications – to facilitate the flow of data to Europeana – and new publishing tools and training to promote the dissemination of the key concepts of the Digital Library.
The University Library Centre, which headed the "Dissemination & Training" Work Package, has set up a training programme in e-learning format dealing with the project’s key topics: Europeana, metadata standards, linked data, permanent identifiers, multilingual terminology and public-private partnerships.
The course is available on Moodle, the university’s teaching support platform, and consists of 4 modules specifically devised for the following user categories:
- Managers and decision makers at cultural institutions;
- Teachers, trainers and researchers;
- Experts in Library and Information Science: students attending specific degree courses, professionals in the museum, library and records sectors;
- Private sector market actors.
Each module covers a range of topics – selected in collaboration with the Working Group on Linked Heritage e-learning – and each topic is dealt with in a different manner depending on the target audience it addresses.
Each topic can be discussed separately; this allows students to choose the learning programme most appropriate for them and to tailor their learning experience. Each topic includes a package consisting of study materials, case studies, a bibliography and a glossary.
Most topics also include a multimedia learning object accessible via active links on the Moodle site, supplemented by feedback questionnaires and a test to verify learning.
The entire course is taught in English. However, most of the learning objects have been translated by the project’s partners into 9 different languages: Bulgarian, German, Greek, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.
In addition to learning objects, the Phaidra collection includes comprehensive materials on the the project’s key topics (manuals, guidelines, final reports, etc.) produced by partners of the Linked Heritage project from previous European Athena, Minerva and MICHAEL projects.