Work packages

The activities of EuropeanaPhotography are organized in the following 7 main areas of work (workpackages).

WP1 Project management 

provides the overall coordination of the project, including the financial and administrative aspects, assures the achievement of the objectives, monitors the progresses, organises the plenary meetings, promotes the internal and external communications, liaises with related EU projects.

Leader: Institute for Cultural Studies - KU Leuven
Contact persons:
Fred Truyen,
Antonella Fresa,

WP2 Themes, Collections and Content

is a work-package dedicated to the choise of the most appropriate content to contribute to Europeana. The selection process will apply the following criteria:

  • masterpiece quality and impact
  • general interest and appeal
  • complementarity with existing material on Europeana
  • synergy with content from other EuropeanaPhotography providers

The end result of the work-package will be a detailed list of the items to be digitised and made available via Europeana.

The selection process will be overseen and double-checked by the Content Committee.

Leader: KU Leuven (BE)
Contact person: Frederik Truyen,

WP3 – Digitisation

It is dedicated to the digitization of the content identified in WP2.

This workpackage includes the preparatory tasks related to the movement of the physical objects from their archive position to the scanner; this of course requires particular care given the nature of the materials.

As part of the digitisation process, where no local catalogue record exists for any newly-digitised item, such a record will be created.

Leader: CRDI (ES)
Contact person: David Iglésias Franch,

WP4 - Indexing and Multilingual

Support is dedicated to enriching the local cataloguing metadata and providing support for multilingual metadata. The “source” catalogue record metadata used by each content provider will typically be in the national language of the content provider.

WP3 will carried out a survey to make clear the diversity of the metadata formats and their multilingual support capabilities. Then, a hierarchical vocabulary tailored for photography will be developed in English, translated into other 10 European languages and used for the enrichment of the metadata for Europeana.

Leader: KMKG (BE)
Contact person: Natacha Van Steen,

WP5 – Metadata transformation and ingestion.

It  will transform the source metadata to EDM and will deliver them to Europeana. In fact, the metadata produced by content providers during the digitization phase must be transformed to EDM (the Europeana-mandated Data Model) through the following steps:

  • selection of intermediate metadata standard
  • conversion of source metadata to XML format
  • transformation of source XML to intermediate project standard
  • transformation of intermediate project standard to EDM.

The use of an intermediate project standard simplifies the transformation process and makes it more robust in the event of further evolution of EDM. A strong candidate as intermediate project standard is the LIDO metadata scheme developed and validated for Europeana ingestion by the ATHENA project.

Leader: NTUA (GR)
Contact person: Nikolaos Simou,

WP6 – Sustainability and IPR

It addresses the general issue of the sustainability of EuropeanaPhotography beyond the EC funding period and in particular the question of the management of intellectual property rights (IPR).

Further, the management of intellectual property is a key issue for any Europeana feeder project. In the case of EuropeanaPhotography this is further emphasised by the involvement of content providers from both the private and the public sectors. Substantially differing intellectual property models exist within the consortium – an important challenge for the project is to communicate the relevant IP models and to maintain compliance with the models used by each partner while maximising value to Europeana.

Leader: Promoter
Contact person: Antonella Fresa,

WP7 - Dissemination

It addresses the broader project issue of promoting the results of the project.

Two sectors will be targeted by WP7: the public sector of the cultural institutions and the private/commercial sector of the photographic archives.

Leader: ICCU (IT)
Contact persons:
Marzia Piccininno,
Maria Teresa Natale,