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Europeana-Net (was:European Digital Library Network)


EuropeanaNet aimed to tackle the fragmented cultural heritage map of Europe by creating consensus across the four domains of Archives, Museums, Libraries and Audio-visual Archives to be able to build Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive. The Thematic Network encompassed representatives from these four cultural domains across Europe.

During its 21-month lifespan, the project addressed the human, political, semantic, technical and organisational interoperability issues that arise in providing a multi-lingual, single portal for searching within and across Europe's distributed and varied cultural resources.

EuropeanaNet project delivered the following results

  • A larger and more visible community of archivists, librarians and museum people committed to making content available and interoperable, in support of Europeana
  • Clear and usable summary reports and recommendations on each of the main areas of interoperability addressed in the EuropeanaNet
  • A roadmap showing how the component parts interlink and what needs to be achieved when to realise the aim of Europeana based on The European Library
  • A fully working prototype, with interoperable multilingual access to over 4 million digital items
  • A proposal for funding to create a fully operational Europeana service

The prototype and a promotional video are available via the Europeana website:

The project results form the starting point for Europeana v1.0 , the successor project in which the prototype will be developed into an operational service.

Project partners

More than 100 partners from all EU countries

Project co-ordination

EuropeanaNet office, based in the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague.


European Commission, eContentplus Programme

Project duration

1 July 2007 - 31 March 2009

Project homepage

Last update: 21.02.2012

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