Interactive platform Europeana Radio opens up access to Europe’s sound treasures
Published on :
March 9, 2017
"Europe's sound heritage at your fingertips"
Launched by Europeana Sounds and the Europeana Foundation, the Europeana Radio is available online since January 12, 2017. Europeana Radio marks the beginning of easy and interactive access to Europe’s sound treasures, where listeners are free to browse, listen and tag.
Almost 200,000 tracks collected from sound archives across Europe are now available on Europeana Radio. On this brand new application, listeners can browse a wide range of sound recordings (Classical, Folk, and Popular music), play them on random mode, and even tag the musical genres recognised. Indeed all users can become archivists by tagging the musical genres of the recordings whilst listening to them. This tagging feature was thought as an opportunity to increase the discoverability of Institutions’ content in Europeana, and perhaps encourage more new partners to get involved.
Europeana Radio builds on three years of work aggregating audio content from cultural institutions across Europe, improving their access by enriching descriptions and developing themed sound channels, led by the Europeana Sounds project. As a result more than one million recordings – previously sitting hidden in individual institutions, only available to their respective audiences – are now available on Europeana.eu and the musical archives are gathered under the thematic portal Europeana Music.
4 French laboratories involved in the project:
Laboratoire d'ethnologie et de sociologie comparative
Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA)
Ambiances Architectures Urbanités
Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'Homme
Europeana Sounds — a project that was three years in the making — connects sound archives to Europeana and represents a partnership between 24 national libraries, sound institutions, research centres, and universities from 12 European countries. In addition to music recordings, the project partners have contributed thousands of sounds, including spoken word, environment and sound effect recordings, radio programmes, as well as images and video recordings of musicians, musical instruments, and music scores. The Europeana Sounds project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, collecting and providing online access to tens of millions of digitised items from over 3,500 libraries, archives, audiovisual collections and museums across Europe, ranging from music, books, photos and paintings to television broadcasts and 3D objects. Europeana encourages and promotes the creative re-use of these vast cultural heritage collections in education, research, tourism and the creative industries.