Musée du Louvre first opened its doors to the public on this day in
1793, hosting an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the
works being royal and confiscated church property. Before its birth as
a museum, the Louvre was a royal palace for more than two centuries.
Today the historic landmark in central Paris is one of the most
visited museums with one of the richest collections in the world,
representing artwork and artefacts from 11,000 years of human
civilisation and culture.
Over 100,000 items from the Louvre collection are available through
>> Europeana has published its first White Paper
>> <http://version1.europeana.eu/web/europeana-project/whitepapers> : a look at
>> the key role linked data will play in Europeana's development and in helping
>> Europe's citizens make connections between existing knowledge to achieve new
>> cultural and scientific advances.
>> The White Paper has been written by Prof. Stefan Gradmann - a professor for
>> Library and Information Science at Humboldt University in Berlin, an expert
>> in semantic technology and someone who many of you will know through his
>> work to build Europeana.
>> In the White Paper, Prof. Gradmann explains how linked data opens up
>> Europeana's potential to be seen as much more than a simple collection of
>> digital objects.
>> Using an example from the experimental Thought Lab
>> <http://europeana.eu/portal/thought-lab.html> , Prof. Gradmann illustrates
>> how a search for 'Paris' intuitively leads to connected concepts like items
>> in the Louvre, a Paris-based institution. It also gives the option to see
>> paintings portraying people named Paris, such as the Greek prince, who
>> abducted of Helen of Troy. From there, more links point the way to topics
>> like the 'myth of Paris' or the mythical Apple of Discord - a golden apple
>> that sparked a dispute and eventually led to the Trojan War - and then on to
>> the forbidden apple eaten by Adam and Eve.
>> This is just one example of how linked data will allow Europeana to propose
>> connections between millions of items from Europe's heritage. These
>> connections can then be used to generate new ideas and knowledge, on a scale
>> not possible before.
>> Prof. Gradmann places this advanced search technology at the heart of
>> Europeana's purpose.
>> "One of Europeana's main roles should be to help Europe's citizens create a
>> new era of knowledge from our shared culture and history."
> MfG, Karl Dietz