My dream is one online database to rule them all. Not one for natural history here, one for Europeana national museums there, medium sized art galleries with Spanish art somewhere else. My dream is for Europeana to be the Google or Wikipedia for cultural heritage across Europe. One that people don’t even think about using they just use it.
By 2020, my dream is that we’ve created the culture, technology and law to support mashups and exploration of data and cultural heritage assets throughout Europe and the world. National and institutional boundaries will not be barriers for kids anywhere that haven’t set foot in an airport to explore the world’s culture, to find the stories and pictures and sounds from generations past. From their classrooms, they’ll visit art in the greatest museums of Europe, hear music from the greatest venues, see streets as they are now and as they were hundreds and hundreds of years ago. The work of Europeana will have inspired institutions the world over to share and work collaboratively, building a rich ecosystem of data and content that fuels open access publications, e-textbooks, apps, 3D printing and other immersive technologies. The growing number of organisations utilising these assets makes education costs more affordable, and in turn, cultural heritage metadata is further enriched by use from students in geospatial apps and more.