I found this post to the chapters list interesting, so I'm forwarding
it here as well.
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From: Michal Reiter <ch.mabot(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 3:30 AM
Subject: [Chapters] Europeana’s huge cultural dataset opens for re-use
Today we are publicly announcing that Europeana http://www.europeana.eu/portal/
has opened up its dataset of over 20 million cultural objects for free
re-use. This significant innovation has come about thanks to the
vision shown by all of you, the cultural heritage organisations that
make up Europeana
This release, by far the largest one-time dedication of cultural data
to the public domain using CC0, represents a real step change for
cultural organisations in open data access and it offers a new boost
to the digital economy as open data can fuel enterprise and create
opportunities for those in the creative industries.
Today’s press release: http://e2.ma/message/btwec/365c1c
Next week we will be further highlighting the news at the Open
Knowledge Festival in Helsinki.
We would be very grateful if you could help spread the news of what,
together, we have achieved with this step. Please communicate this
release widely, to bring it to the attention of policymakers,
politicians and the digital community. And we would appreciate seeing
this success highlighted on your own websites.
The Europeana Team
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