The European Commission has launched an open call for tenders for the services of maintenance and development of the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) covering the period 2018-2020 (reference: SMART 2017/1136)

The main purpose of this tender is the purchase of services to operate, maintain and further develop Europeana, Europe's digital platform for cultural heritage, as a pan-European cultural heritage platform for citizens, cultural heritage institutions, education, research and creative industries.

In particular to enhance the active use of the platform by the user groups, enlarge the number of Cultural Heritage Institutions providing high quality content and metadata on the platform, and ensure an EU wide adoption or the initiative.

The total price quoted cannot exceed EUR 14 000 000,00 (fourteen million)

Deadline for tenders is 26/03/2018.

For further information, including the tender specifications of the services to be purchased, please refer to the tender specifications available on TED.

Europeana was launched in 2008 as "The European Digital Library", aiming to make Europe's cultural heritage accessible to all through a single access point. Its creation was initiated by a letter from six Heads of State and Government in 2005 to the Commission and currently provides 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.

Europeana was launched to showcase and catalyse developments in the following policy context:

  • European Commission’s strategy for the digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage as set out in the Commission Communication ‘i2010: digital libraries’ of 30 September 2005.
  • Commission Recommendation of 24 August 2006 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation (2006/585/EC), updated by Commission Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation (2011/711/EU)
  • The Education, Youth, Culture and Sports (EYCS) Council adopted Conclusions on the role of Europeana for the digital access, visibility and use of European cultural heritage of 31 May 2016.

The initiative offers services for three different user groups: citizens, data partners & professionals and for creative re-use (in novel products or services, e.g. for education, research, tourism or the creative industries).

Europeana is supported by the Europeana Network Association which gathers cultural heritage, creative and technology professionals who support the day-to-day activities of Europeana and advises on its strategy.

The initiative contributes to preserving and fostering European culture in the digital age and involves all EU Member States.