Europeana is Europe's digital platform for cultural heritage. It provides free online access over to 50 million digitised items drawn from over 3,700 museums, archives, libraries and galleries across Europe. Our collections feature a huge diversity of content from 43 countries and in 23 different languages, on various themes and media, including artworks, photographs, fashion designs, 3D images, maps, newspapers, and more. Around 20 million of our collections are openly licensed and suitable for free reuse.
We transform the world with culture. We build on Europe’s rich cultural heritage and make it easier for people to use for work, learning or pleasure. Museums, galleries, libraries and archives are digitizing their collections so that anyone anywhere can explore and learn from them. Once these collections are made public online, we work hard to make sure everybody can find, use and share them. You can search our content by colour, people, time period, and topics or explore our curated resources, ranging from online exhibitions and galleries to thematic collections on First World War, Art, Music, Fashion, Photography and more. We also share openly licensed collections in places like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Wikimedia.
We contribute as well to an open culture bringing together the organizations that have great open material with the people and sectors that need it. In this way, we strive towards the use of digitized cultural heritage in education, research and the creative industries through partnerships and international engagement campaigns. With our partners, we also develop frameworks, standards, strategy and policy relevant to digital cultural heritage.
Our work contributes to an open culture and an knowledgeable and creative society. We highlighted this crucial role during the Open Education Week in March 2017 and the Open Culture monthly feature on Year Of Open platform in September 2017.
2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage when citizens across the world are invited to explore what it offers in all its forms. Europeana, the digital face of Europe’s cultural heritage, partners the Year and will continue purpusing the objectives of opening up cultural heritage collections for everybody to access. In particular, Europeana will play multiple roles from helping others link the physical to the digital cultural heritage, to running a couple of pan-European campaigns on the influence of migration on cultural heritage and the end of WW1 and the birth of nations.
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Contributed by: Jill Cousins