Core Survey 4

Core Survey 4 is the fifth pan-European survey (the first was NUMERIC) on the status of digital heritage collections in the EU.

Core Survey 4 is the fifth pan-European survey (the first was NUMERIC, before Core Surveys 1, 2 and 3) on the status of digital heritage collections in the EU. The ambition is to expand the statistical series built up so far with up-to-date data that is useful both for individual heritage institutions, national and European governments, and umbrella organisations. The survey is aimed at all cultural heritage institutions in Europe, not only those that are providing data to Europeana.


We have a number of objectives for Core Survey 4:

  • to gather general statistical information and build a baseline of data on the state of digitisation in museums, archives and libraries in the EU.
  • to understand the progress that has been made in the EU since the former ENUMERATE Core Surveys and the NUMERIC survey.
  • to achieve a situation where informed decisions about national and EU policies are possible.
  • to help memory institutions in measuring their progress in the field of digitising heritage materials and in making decisions of a practical nature.

Topics and content

The survey contains 37 questions grouped into four topics:

  • digitisation activity
  • the cost of digital collections
  • access to digital collections
  • the preservation of digital heritage materials

Most of the survey and the setup is the same as core survey 3. We have included some new questions about:

  • coverage of the digital strategy
  • the use of website statistics
  • the licenses that are used for publishing content

Who can participate?

Any institution with cultural heritage collections that are being preserved for future generations and is involved in some kind of digitisation activity can participate. Since this ENUMERATE Core Survey is widely announced through various channels amongst the European memory institutions and in order to avoid possible duplication of work, we suggest that responding to the survey be communicated with the institutional director.

Network of national coordinators

ENUMERATE is coordinated by the DEN Foundation in the Netherlands with major support from national coordinators who volunteered to provide feedback on the questions, translate the survey if necessary, contact cultural institutions in their own countries and help collect responses from all over Europe. You can either contact them or someone from the DEN Foundation if you have questions or need help with completing the survey.

Practical information

The survey is available on Survey Monkey from May 8 until June 30 2017 (extended deadline). The survey is available in the following languages:

ENUMERATE and Europeana

ENUMERATE is part of Europeana since 2014. The overall ambition is unchanged: to collect statistical data about the size, growth and availability of digital heritage collections, the cost and use of such collections, and the associated digital preservation activities. The project website and archive is hosted by Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, also the national coordinator for Germany.