The establishment of an internet portal for archives in Europe will make it easier to access and to use Europe's diverse archival material kept by private or public cultural heritage institutions. For the first time it will be possible to retrieve archival information in Europe regardless of national, institutional and sector boundaries. The archives portal will be linked to EUROPEANA and is an important contribution to fulfilling the vision of a common multilingual access point to Europe's distributed digital cultural and scientific heritage.
The archives portal does not establish or identify new standards but implements a common framework across Europe that includes existing global archival standards. The portal also supports and encourages the acceptance of trans-national standards in order to guarantee interoperability with different archival portals set up on national and institutional level.