Connecting and understanding European musical heritage with Polifonia at EuropeanaTech Conference 2023

This year, Europeana’s annual conference puts all things tech in the spotlight, with EuropeanaTech 2023 – Explore, Engage, Experience: cultural heritage in the data space and beyond led by the experts, developers and researchers from the R&D sector who make up the EuropeanaTech community.

13 September 2023

This year, Europeana’s annual conference puts all things tech in the spotlight, with EuropeanaTech 2023 – Explore, Engage, Experience: cultural heritage in the data space and beyond led by the experts, developers and researchers from the R&D sector who make up the EuropeanaTech community. The programme – 6 workshops, 15 lightning talks and over 40 sessions – is drawn from the rich and varied technological expertise available across the cultural heritage sector. Polifonia is excited to be also part of this line up.

The fourth EuropeanaTech conference offers participants a wide variety of formats and topics to engage with across this three-day event. There will be presentations, talks and workshops exploring subjects from digital collections infrastructure to linked open data; from AI to 3D; from heritage to multilinguality. During the session Connecting and understanding European musical heritage with Polifonia Peter van Kranenburg (ORGANS) and Elena Musumeci (BELLS) will demonstrate their work within Polifonia and showcase how the latest technologies help to preserve Europe’s musical heritage. Elena (demo-ethno-anthropologist at the Italian Ministry of Culture) will do so by sharing her experiences in documenting tangible and intangible heritage of Italian bells, bell ringers and bell towers. Peter (computational musicologist at the Meertens Institute) will illustrate his work on the transition from encyclopedic material on Dutch pipe organs to a knowledge graph and web portal for professional and lay users. Their shared talk is on Wednesday, 11 October, during the Parallel sessions at 13.30h – 14.30h in The Hague. Discover the full programme and get your tickets here.

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Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. The organisation develops expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation. Their goal is to make it easier for people to use cultural heritage for education, research, creation and recreation. Europeana’s work contributes to an open, knowledgeable and creative society.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 101004746