In this section you will find useful information for improving your professional digital knowledge about Europeana.

  • For users:
    Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions.
  • For heritage institutions:
    Europeana is an opportunity to reach out to more users, increase their web traffic, enhance their users' experience and build new partnerships.
  • For professionals in the heritage sector:
    Europeana is a platform for knowledge exchange between librarians, curators, archivists and the creative industries.
  • For policy-makers and funders:
    Europeana is a prestigious initiative endorsed by the European Commission, and is a means to stimulate creative economy and promote cultural tourism.

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Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.

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Europeana's professional knowledge-sharing platform – a place for facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge about the digitisation of cultural heritage.

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Data Providers and Aggregators deliver to Europeana only metadata, a thumbnail and a link pointing to a digital object at the provider's website. The terms regarding data delivery and re-use are governed by Europeana's Data Exchange Agreement.

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Europeana v1.0 in cooperation with EuropeanaConnect and experts from academic and cultural circles published the Europeana data Model (EDM), a new way of structuring resources' metadata. By formatting Europeana digital resources according to the EDM, new ways of exploring Europeana's portal will open up to users, including the use of linked data, enabling connections between related digital resources.

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EUROPEANA LINKED OPEN DATA (LOD) currently contains open metadata on 2.4 million texts, images, videos and sounds gathered by Europeana. These objects come from data providers who have reacted early and positively to Europeana's initiative of promoting more open data and new data exchange agreements.