Europeana Space Dance Pilot-EU Project

As a Senior Research Assistant at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) I support Prof. Sarah Whatley  and the Europeana Space Dance Pilot. I joined the C-DaRE team May 2014 and have since been an active part of various EU-Funded Project, Europeana Space being one of them.

The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources. It will provide an open environment for the development of applications and services based on digital cultural content. The use of this environment will be fostered by a vigorous, wide-ranging and sustainable programme of promotion, dissemination and replication of the Best Practices developed within the project. The extensive resources and networks of the Europeana Space consortium will be drawn on to ensure the success of the project.

The aim of the Europeana Dance Pilot is to create a general framework for working with dance content and the metadata accessible through Europeana and in so doing enable the production of two innovative models of content re-use, one for research purposes and one for leisure. As such two applications will be developed based on this framework: DanceSpaces and DancePro.

DanceSpaces focuses on the needs of the general public, dance enthusiasts and pre-professionals, dance audiences/viewers and tourists, etc. who want to share and explore content about a particular dance aspect. DanceSpaces is developed by IN2.

DancePro focuses on the needs of researchers and dance experts (e.g. dance artists, choreographers) who need a set of much more powerful tools for accessing dance content and creating extensive metadata. DancePro is developed by FCSH-UNL.

Dance content of the pilot, both including content drawn from the regional, national and private archival collections of partners and from Europeana, will embrace contemporary dance, classical ballet and other theatrical dance forms as well as social and popular dance, folk, national and indigenous dance forms, and more ancient dance forms including those inscribed on historical artifacts (drawings, objects, paintings, texts and other kinds of inscriptions), notations and other forms of dance scores, books and other textual objects, publicity and marketing materials (posters, programmes, etc.), audio-visual recordings, photographs, and digital visualizations (using motion capture and other tracking devices).