Europeana is the European Commission's digital platform for cultural heritage. Through Europeana, citizens and the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) can access European culture for the widest possible variety of purposes.

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Europeana gives access to over 53 million items including image, text, sound, video and 3D material from the collections of over 3 700 libraries, archives, museums, galleries and audio-visual collections across Europe. It can be used by teachers, artists, professionals in cultural institutions and creative fields but also everyone looking for information on culture.

The digitised material from cultural institutions can be re-used to develop

  • learning and educational content;
  • documentaries;
  • tourism applications;
  • games;
  • animations;
  • design tools.

For example, 155 of the pieces of art chosen by Europe’s museums, libraries and galleries to share through 'Europeana 280' have been made available under open licences.

In addition, Europeana can be an important test-bed for new technologies and innovative ideas to enhance user experience. In fact, Europeana has received a 2017 Application Programming Interface (API) award for its REST API in the context of API World 2017. This recognition highlights the exciting work of Europeana at the interface of technology and cultural heritage.

Europeana will closely be associated to the Europeana Strategy 2015 - 2020: 'We transform the world with culture'.

Public consultation on Europeana

The European Commission launched a public consultation to hear opinions from citizens and organisations with a personal or professional interest in digital culture available online. The Commission wanted to know how citizens, professionals and organisations use Europeana, which is visited approximately 700,000 times per month. The consultation ran from 17 October 2017 until 14 January 2018. Its results are available in the summary report.

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Access to digital resources of European heritage

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is one of the key initiatives proposed by the Commission in the context of its package for delivering sustainable growth and jobs, directly related to the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

  1. CEF funds the continuous coordination, operation, maintenance, enhancement and promotion of the core service of the Europeana portal and infrastructure and related networks.
  2. CEF also allocates budget for generic services, like thematic collections offering visitors a curated user experience; user-friendly projects enabling visitors to highlight, share or enrich Europeana's material; and services encouraging cross-border re-use of the material in a range of sectors.

Information on the latest 2017 CEF Telecom Call - Europeana.

More information

To get more information on the policy on digitisation and online accessibility of cultural heritage, you can access the timeline of the Digitisation Initiative.