Europeana Food and Drink Plenary Meeting
Malta, 26th-27th November, 2015
This late autumn it was time for all project partners to meet up again: at the third Europeana Food and Drink Plenary Meeting. AcrossLimits from Malta, one of the Creative Industry Partner within the project, welcomed representatives from partner institutions across Europe to the very windy and stormy island, with two days of project updates, presentations, lively discussions and fruitful workshops ahead.
The evening before the plenary meeting, representatives of the Project Management Board took the opportunity to assemble and discuss current progress within the project, lead by the project coordinator from the London based Collections Trust.
Products, Content Base and Re-Use of Europeana Food and Drink Items
Opened by concise updates from each of the Work Package Leads and a question and answer session on day one, the product clusters presented the eight products and applications, created within the project: From the Tea Trail through London and the city’s Local Pubs in the Past and Present, to our Picture Library and AcrossLimits Food Planet, Delicious Cake Exhibitions and informative Educational Resources about chocolate, bread, traditional breakfast or food and farming in Ireland. These were rounded by a presentation of the Semantic Demonstrator and Technical Demonstrator, the professional applications developed within the project.
Work Package 2 Lead, Postscriptum, informed partners on all issues surrounding the currently growing content base on Europeana. Repeated applications, such as an eCookbook on the historic threads between the Austrian and Lithuanian Cuisine or the easy-to-reuse template for our food trail were introduced.
Getting engaged with Food and Drink
Day two of the plenary meeting saw a hands-on approach in parallel sessions on communications, community engagement and a get-together for technical partners. Social media showcases from the Horniman Museum and already carried out project campaigns provided a great inspiration for all partners to get further involved in promoting the aim of the project, the launched products and our Europeana Food and Drink content base on Europeana.
Also part of these two days was the involvement of Europeana Labs within the project and as a finale, a workshop on the upcoming Christmas season with our Europeana Food and Drink Advent Calendar #foodventcalendar.
Of course, there was lots of food involved as well: Thanks a lot to AcrossLimits and Collections Trust for hosting and organizing this third All Partners Meeting, getting a taste of the Maltese food and drink culture and giving a strong impetus to all participants for amplifying the projects aims.
By Angelika Leitner, Austrian National Library