Europeana Awareness is a Best Practice Network, led by the Europeana Foundation, designed to publicise Europeana to users, policy makers, politicians and cultural heritage organisations in every Member State so as to encourage the use and contribution of content, raise awareness of cultural heritage as an economic driver and promote knowledge transfer.
EUROPEANA COLLECTIONS 14-18
Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 - the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries and other partners in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict.
Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative at the University of Oxford where people across Britain were asked to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, to bring other national or local institutions across Europe into an alliance with Oxford University. The collaboration brings European stories online alongside their British, German, Slovenian, Luxembourgian, Irish, etc. counterparts in a World War One stories collection. Please refer to our project website for more information
The Euro-Photo project aims to digitise historical pictures from the archives of 10 leading European News Agencies (150.000 picture to be digitalised during the project about 15.000 for each partner) and make them available to Europeana (www.europeana.eu), together with a huge number of their historical pictures already digitalised and captioned. Pictures in these huge archives are among the most valuable historical documents of the last century. They record the major domestic and international events (political, social, cultural, sporting), celebrities and daily life from the turn of the century to the mid 1990. The project aims at developing a unique pan-European press photo historical archive available and usable by European Citizens through Europeana, which is a common multilingual access point to Europe's distributed digital cultural heritage. At present this content is not available to citizens (except in The Netherlands) and it could be considered as never published and known. In past communist countries a huge quantity of pictures was censored: a significant amount of these pictures are now already available in digital format, others will be digitised during the project. It is the first time that this kind of content will be accessible at European level and not at only a national one.
ARROW Plus is a Best Practice Network project selected under the European Commission’s Competitiveness and innovation framework programme, running from 1 April 2011 till 30 September 2013. ARROW Plus builds on and further implements the ARROW system, which it aims at refining after the piloting phase in Germany, France, Spain and United Kingdom. The objectives are also to increase the number of countries in which ARROW is used; and broadening the types of works for which it is used to include visual material. Under ARROW Plus a legal entity will be constituted to prepare for the implementation of the business model. The project contributes to the goal of the European Commission and European Parliament to make European cultural heritage legally accessible through an innovative way of establishing rights status in and facilitating rights clearance of copyright works.
CULTURA - Cultivating Understanding and Research through Adaptivity
Linked Heritage is a 30 month EU project, started on 1st April 2011. The main goals are to contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors; to demonstrate enhancement of quality of content, in terms of metadata richness, re-use potential and uniqueness; to demonstrate enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content. The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia. These include ministries and responsible government agencies, content providers and aggregators, leading research centres, publishers and SMEs.
ATHENA, presented as a Network of Best Practice within the eContentplus Programme, took its origins from the existing MINERVA network. ATHENA brought together relevant stakeholders and content owners from museums and other cultural institutions all over Europe and evaluated and integrated specific tools, based on a common agreed set of standards and guidelines to create harmonised access to their content. ATHENA contributed to Europeana 4,5 digital items, mainly from museums.
Judaica Europeana worked with cultural institutions to identify and provide access online to content which documents the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe. Since its launch in 2010, Judaica Europeana partners have digitized and uploaded over 3.5 million items from their collections. They include 3,459,000 pages from books, newspapers and archives; 31,600 photographs, postcards and other images; 18,300 sound files of music and oral history; 2,000 moving image files. This content will continue to grow as associate partners provide access to their digital collections to be integrated in Europeana.
Photographic and audiovisual archives Group (PAAG) of the International Council on Archives (ICA)
3D-ICONS is a pilot project funded under the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme which builds on the results of CARARE and 3D-COFORM.
DECIPHER is a three year, €4.3 million Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) supported by the European Commission.
‘Digitising Contemporary Art’ (DCA) is a 30-month digitisation project for contemporary art, i.e. art made after 1945 - a kind of cultural heritage still largely missing from Europeana which is a single access point for European culture.