Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive
is a prototype portal offering users direct access to more
than 4 million digital objects, including film material, photos,
paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.
The portal was launched on 20 November 2008 by Viviane Reding, European
Commissioner for Information Society and Media, in Brussels. According to the
European Commission's plan, by 2010 it will include about 10 million digital objects.
The Europeana portal was created under EDLnet, a Thematic Network funded by
the European Commission under the
It started in July 2007 and its work
has now been taken over by its successor
The Europeana group comprises a number of projects part-funded by the European
Commission’s eContentplus programme, which
will be contributing technology solutions and content to Europeana.eu.
EuropeanaConnect is part of this group. Access the projects' list
Projects of interest in the context of the creation of Europeana
ARROW (Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works towards Europeana)
Launched in December 2008, it is working towards the creation of an
infrastructure for the management of any type of rights information, thus facilitating the actual implementation of innovative business models for both digital libraries and private digital content providers. The project will also create a European distributed registry of orphan works and access to network of existing clearance centres for out of print works.
(Cross-language access to catalogues and on-line libraries)
The aim of this project is to enhance the multilingual capabilities
of on-line digital libraries.
As a result of the project's work, users will be
able to type queries in their own language and retrieve
documents and objects in any available language. The sound integration
of CACAO's infrastructure designed for multilingual purposes with
current digital library and catalogue systems will be obtained by
coupling natural language processing techniques with existing
information retrieval systems. As part of the Cacao Project
three thematic portals for multilingual books, documents search about History of Europe,
Mathematics and Geography have been developed. They are accessible from the project web site.
Started on 1 February 2009 with a duration of three years, the project will develop an Emulation Access Platform
to enable accurate rendering of both static and dynamic digital objects: text, sound, and image files; multimedia documents, websites,
databases, videogames etc. The overall goal of the project is to facilitate universal access to cultural heritage by developing flexible
tools for accessing and storing a wide range of digital objects.
The project is funded under the
Programme of the European Commission.
Started on 1 September 2009 and lasting for two years, this project will create a single access point to digital
content and information on European museums' collections of musical instruments.
The acronym stands for Semantic Web-based Thematic European Reference Network Application.
The project includes twelve European Natural History Museums and related institutions which hold content
on biodiversity, wildlife and nature in general and that are working together to contribute their collections to the European
Digital Library - Europeana.
STERNA specifically addresses small
cultural heritage institutions and
content providers that want to actively participate and contribute to Europeana
but lack technical skills and financial resources.