Who We Are

Europeana is a catalyst for change in the world of cultural heritage.

Our mission: The Europeana Foundation and its Network create new ways for people to engage with their cultural history, whether it's for work, learning or pleasure.

Our vision: We believe in making cultural heritage openly accessible in a digital way, to promote the exchange of ideas and information. This helps us all to understand our cultural diversity better and contributes to a thriving knowledge economy.

The Europeana Foundation is the operator of the Europeana service, including the search portal at Europeana.eu and related data services such as the Europeana Application Programming Interface (API) and the Linked Open Data pilot. The Foundation is governed by an Executive Committee and Board, and employs full-time and part-time staff.

The Europeana Network is an open, expert forum comprising content holders and aggregators along with providers of technical, legal and strategic knowledge.

Our services are under constant development by content and technology projects, collectively referred to as the Europeana project group.


What We Do

  • Aggregate – We are building the open, trusted source for European cultural content
  • Facilitate – We support the cultural heritage sector through knowledge transfer, innovation and advocacy
  • Distribute – We make heritage available to people wherever they are, whenever they want it
  • Engage – We cultivate new ways for people to participate in their cultural heritage


Our Websites

  • Europeana Professional is the common website for Europeana projects, reaching cultural heritage professionals and technologists. It is the official source for technical information, metadata standards and case studies, and also brings together all project work.
  • The Europeana portal is our search engine for the digitised collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe.
  • Our Virtual Exhibitions feature highlights from our collection.
  • The Europeana 1914-1918 project brings together community-contributed content from the time of World War One.
  • The Europeana 1989 project is collecting stories and memorabilia from the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well as recreating the Baltic Way online.

Latest news

Recommendations underline role of culture and research sectors in safeguarding digital cultural heritage
Press Release - 29 September 2014

All stakeholders are invited to collaborate closely at the national and European level within the research and culture ecosystem to safeguard sustainability of the European cultural digital heritage and its use for research purposes (for example in Digital Arts and Humanities) also through Europeana.

Bring us your WW1 memories, and help to save a unique part of Portuguese history
Press Release - Lisbon, Portugal, 25 September 2014

Portuguese urged to visit the Parliament on 17-18-19 October and contribute to unique online WW1 archive Europeana 1914-18

Read the press release in Portuguese

Ministry of Culture and Europeana are saving Croatia's Forgotten WW1 Family Stories
Press Release - Zagreb, Croatia, 17 September 2014

Croatian citizens encouraged to bring their personal stories to collection days in five different cities and contribute to unique online archive Europeana 1914-1918