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Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

About us

We believe that access to a shared heritage – whether in music, books, films, art or social history - makes people’s lives richer. Our main website Europeana Collections aims to make this valuable content more accessible and more beneficial to more and more people.

Our mission

We transform the world with culture. We build on Europe’s rich cultural heritage and make it easier for people to use for work, learning or pleasure. Our work contributes to an open, knowledgeable and creative society.

Who is Europeana?

The Europeana Core Service (Europeana) is governed by the European Commission and the Member States and funded under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Union. It is operated by the Europeana Foundation an independently governed organisation who is supported by the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum (EAF) made up of 31 accredited aggregators and the Europeana Network Association (ENA) an active community of over 2,000 individuals addressing challenges affecting the digital heritage field. Together we develop a strong public service that supports cultural heritage institutions in their digital transformation.

Europeana Foundation

Europeana Foundation

The organisation operating Europeana's core service and facilitating the Europeana Network Association and Aggregators landscape. 

Europeana Network Association

Europeana Network Association

Our active professional network of over 2,000 individuals across Europe. Together, we shape the future of our sector and digital practice. 

Brief history

The Europeana prototype went live on 20 November 2008, a product of the newly created European Digital Library Foundation. Museums, audiovisual archives and galleries joined the libraries, creating a common access point to Europe’s cultural heritage. At launch, Europeana gave access to 4.5 million digital objects. In 2015, Europeana’s collection-related websites e.g. its search engine, exhibitions and blog, started to come together in one place, now called Europeana Collections. As of summer 2017, Europeana Collections gives access to 53 million digital objects, offering content in multiple thematic collections, exhibitions and dozens of curated galleries.

What we do

We bring together the organisations that have great content with the people and sectors that want to research, share and create new things. Creative collaboration and teamwork matter to us, because that’s where the best ideas come from. We're always pushing each other forward, innovating with technology to make culture part of everyone's lives.

Together as a network, Europeana advocates for culture - for legal standards, data standards, and political relevance. We develop initiatives that connect people with digital cultural heritage and value its impact. We believe that access to a shared heritage – whether in music, books, films, art or social history - makes people’s lives richer.

How we do it

Since 2008 when Europeana launched with 4.5 million digital objects technology has improved substantially and the role it plays in our lives became ever greater. Smartphones, high definition screens and tablets are now firmly fixed in our daily lives. Living in an age of superabundance, structuring and enriching information to make it trustable, meaningful and findable is essential. As screen resolutions change, websites improve their services, increasingly using more and higher quality information. We must consider this to fulfill the needs of the content providers in attracting audiences to Europeana Collections of both today and tomorrow.

For more on that, take a look at our strategic objectives till 2020 and our latest business plan and annual report.

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