Meemoo knowledge domains

In addition to the knowledge that we gain when answering requests for information, our five knowledge domains provide extra focus. Selecting these domains enables us to build up and share knowledge on issues that we believe will become more significant in the future, or which are already crucial in our field of work.

These are subjects where our stakeholders currently have clear gaps in their knowledge and expertise, which we need to learn more about to improve the services we provide. We include this knowledge in various aspects of our work and share the results on knowledge platforms and in training sessions using tools and partner operations.

We’d like to tell you more about these domains in the future:


Metadata is crucial for making digital collections findable and accessible, and managing and preserving them. This essential metadata isn’t always available, however, and its quality often leaves something to be desired. Creating and improving metadata manually is very time-consuming. We are therefore investigating how we can improve this situation.

  • focussing on metadata mapping, data cleansing and enrichment

  • exploring (semi-)automatic metadata creation

  • researching expertise on collection registration, authorities, standards and machine learning for (semi-)automatic metadata creation

Rights and privacy:

Knowledge about the content’s copyright status and any restrictions imposed by personal data protection or contractual agreements is essential when providing access to digital collections. Our content partners and other cultural organisations often aren’t aware of everything they need to take into account. We also need to stay up to date with the changing legislative framework and the best way for us to work with it.

  • developing extensive (applicable) knowledge of copyrights, licences and privacy legislation

  • helping organisations overcome challenges specific to cultural heritage content and archives

Linked (open) data:

Digital collections are widely shared on the internet these days, where data is increasingly linked together (linked data). These connections contextualise collections and contribute to their findability. Linked data is often but not necessarily combined with open data, whereby re-usage restrictions are kept to a minimum, which can facilitate the development of new services and products.

  • researching standards, technology and processes to simplify the use of linked (open) data

  • building expertise around the use of linked (open) data

Preservation of other and new formats:

New codecs, file formats and carriers are emerging all the time, and usually become obsolete again relatively quickly. This results in complex challenges for ensuring the data in a digital archive is kept viable.

  • keeping expertise on the preservation of image and audio content up to date and expanding it further

  • researching how to preserve 3D scans of social media and websites, and data on obsolete digital carriers

  • evaluating the practical value of new, broadly applicable digitisation techniques

Digital strategy:

Digitisation isn’t just converting analogue collections into digital form. It’s also the digital transformation of cultural organisations’ operations (and even society as a whole). This means we need to carefully consider how we use digital resources to achieve our mission. In other words: how should we develop a digital strategy?

  • exploring digital strategy models and methodologies

  • researching how we can best support organisations formulate objectives for their content (making it usable with a focus on actually (re-)using it), target audiences, incomes and organisational structures.