Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data is gaining traction in the information world right now. Europeana has just launched an animation to explain what it is and why it's a good thing, both for users and for data providers.
Europeana is facilitating developments in Linked Open Data by publishing 2.4 million objects under the open metadata licence CC0, the Creative Commons' Public Domain Dedication. Europeana is making data openly available to the public and private sectors alike so they can use it to develop of innovative applications for smartphones and tablets and to create new web services and portals.