The Europeana group comprises a number of projects run by different cultural heritage institutions. All are part-funded by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme. Over the next 3 years these projects will be contributing technology solutions and content that will create the fully operational

Content suppliers

APEnet aggregates content from Europe's national archives.

APEnet (Archival Portal of Europe) will develop a portal that will be the central reference point for the national archives of Europe making archival material widely accessible to EU citizens.
APEnet will also function as an aggregator, collecting material from national archives and making the generated content available at Europeana.
Coordinated by the Spanish national archives, APEnet is a Best Practice Network that began in January 2009.
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ATHENA aggregates museum content and promotes standards for museum digitisation and metadata.

ATHENA is setting up a network of national representatives to raise awareness of standards, develop technical architecture and provide tools to support content providers.
ATHENA will function as an aggregator bringing museum content into Europeana.
Coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Culture, ATHENA is a Best Practice Network that began in November 2008.
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BHL-Europe brings biodiversity heritage into Europeana.

BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) – Europe will bring together museums, botanical gardens and other natural history collections to provide a multilingual access point for taxonomic materials and other biodiversity resources.
BHL–Europe will also make its content available at Europeana.
Coordinated by the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, the BHL–Europe project began in May 2009.
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Europeana Connect adds sound material to Europeana.

Europeana Connect will provide a critical mass of audio content to Europeana and implement an audio-enabling infrastructure. Over 200,000 audio tracks will be available at Europeana bringing together 150 sound collections from across Europe. The project will also provide the necessary infrastructure for harvesting, analysing, converting and storing audio content and audio metadata for Europeana.
The project will also deliver technologies and resources enabling multilingual access to content and bringing Europeana to mobile devices.
Coordinated by the Austrian National Library, Europeana Connect is a Best Practice Network that began in May 2009.
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European Film Gateway (EFG) aggregates cinema related material.

EFG will develop a portal with more than 700.000 digitised objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound material and text documents. It will also provide its digitised material to Europeana, giving users a fast and easy access to Europe's film heritage.
Coordinated by Deutsches Filminstitut, EFG is a Best Practice Network that started in September 2008.
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Europeana Local brings content from regional and local content holders.

Europeana Local will bring 20 million digital items from regional libraries, museums and archives into Europeana, and will also enable all type of smaller organisations to contribute to Europeana in the long-term by sharing standards and setting up easy processes for delivering content. Europeana Local is a Best Practice Network that began in June 2008.
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EUscreen contributes television material to Europeana.

EUscreen will focus on television collections, digitising 30,000 programmes, stills and associated documentation. The digitised material will be available at Europeana. The project will also evaluate the use of archival broadcasts in leisure, learning and research environments and produce guidelines for long-term right clearance.
EUscreen is a Best Practice Network that starts in October 2009.
The website will be online later in 2009

Europeana Travel will bring material associated with travel, trade, tourism and migration into Europeana.

Europeana Travel will digitise some 4,000 maps, 16,000 images and 20,000 texts related to the theme of travel and tourism, and make it accessible at Europeana.
Coordinated by the National Library of Estonia, Europeana Travel is a Targeted Project for cultural content that began in May 2009.
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Judaica Europeana looks at the Jewish contribution to Europe's cultural heritage.

JUDAICA (Jewish Urban Digital European Integrated Cultural Archive) will work with European cultural institutions to identify content demonstrating the Jewish contribution to the cities of Europe. It will digitise 10,500 photos, 1,500 postcards and 7,150 recordings as well as several million pages from books, newspapers, archives and press clippings. The digitised content will be available at Europeana.
The website is not available yet.

MIMO will create a single access point to digital content and information musical instruments in European museums.

Musical Instruments Museum Online, starting in September 2009, creates a central resource for musical instrument collections and common standards for online presentation. It will make digital content of 11 major European musical instruments museums available through Europeana. It also aims to improve multilingual access to this content by delivering dictionaries for controlled vocabularies for musical instruments databases in 6 languages.
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The European Library aggregates the content of national libraries.

The European Library enables end users to search across 150 million titles, from 386 collections in 31 European national libraries and browse through the collections of 48 European national libraries.
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Core technology projects

Europeana v1.0 develops a fully functional Europeana website.

Europeana v1.0 is a core project that will develop and implement a new version of Europeana with added functionality and give access to over 10 million digital items. Europeana v1.0 is a Thematic Network that started in February 2009.
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Europeana Connect delivers technologies and resources to improve Europeana services.

Europeana Connect will deliver core components to make Europeana a truly interoperable, multilingual and user-oriented service. It will conduct extensive user research to get a clear picture of the functions and services that Europeana users want. The project will also deliver thesauri and other resources that will give users multilingual access to content. It will also develop the technologies to enable Europeana to interface with mobile devices.
Europeana Connect will also provide a critical mass of 200,000 audio tracks to Europeana. Coordinated by the Austrian National Library, Europeana Connect is a Best Practice Network that began in May 2009.
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Content enablers

PrestoPRIME tackles long-term preservation of digital audiovisual material.

PrestoPRIME will research and develop practical solutions for the long-term preservation of digital audiovisual collections. This will increase people's access to audiovisual content by making media archives available through Europeana and other European digital libraries.
PrestoPRIME will create a European Competence Centre to provide preservation advice and services.
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Examining Europeana
A detailed view of Europeana from a U.S. perspective is featured in the latest LIBER Quarterly journal. The report considers many aspects of Europeana, from branding to sustainability.

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Replies Published on Europeana Consultation
The European Commission has published 118 replies to its public consultation on Europeana's future development. The feedback came largely from cultural institutions, governments and copyright holders.

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Consultation on the Publlic Domain Charter
Europeana invites stakeholders to a pre-conference event on IPR and a workshop on user scenarios at the DISH 2009, Rotterdam, in December.

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Partner conference on Europeana
A joint event of ATHENA and EuropeanaLocal on 16 December in Brussels provides highlights on key project issues such as data structure, semantics, aggregation and copyrights.

Request for proposal