What kind of content is Europeana looking for?

“We want to build on Europe’s rich heritage and make it easier for people to use, whether for work, for learning or just for fun”.

We are therefore constantly adding new and improving existing content to reach that goal.

Submitted content must have a connection with Europe and be relevant:

  • It's about Europe, Europeans or European subjects and issues; or
  • it was created in Europe; or
  • it was made by a European or a European community; or
  • it is owned by a European institution.

Institutions outside of the European Union

Europeana is largely funded by the European Commission. For this reason the majority of institutions we work with are from European Union Member States. If your institution is from outside one of these countries, then your institution can still share its collection with us depending on the content scope and data quality. Please get in touch with us for more information.

Quality requirements

New content has to have metadata (machine-readable content descriptions) that point to a full digital object (no snippets, previews etc.) that is accessible without authentication or payment. Free to access digital images, sound files, videos, multimedia files, and authored text are the kind of things we're looking for.

The quality of your data is really important because in a database as big as Europeana records get lost easily. It is therefore essential that the metadata has enough useful elements to make the content findable. For example:

  • Every record has a unique title instead of one generic one (e.g. photograph) for the entire set.
  • A unique description of at least 10 words.
  • Text strings about types and subjects, for example, that can be linked to controlled terms from Linked Open datasets or vocabularies.
  • Geo-location formatted in a standardised way (e.g using Geonames).
  • Date of creation in XSD format following the W3 recommendations.

These are just a few examples to show you what we mean with metadata quality. All this is described in detail in the Europeana Publishing Guide. We would always prefer 200 items of very high quality than 200,000 low-quality items.

What kind of material are we looking for?

The scope of Europeana is very broad. Anything related to our shared cultural heritage is welcome. Europeana currently does not work with individual collectors or creators but with Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAMs) only.

Material we are very much looking for in 2017:

  • Art (e.g: paintings, sculptures, indigenous art, video)
  • Photography (e.g: art, journalism, historical)
  • Music related content (e.g. folk music recordings, sheet music, video recordings of performances)
  • First World War related content
  • Migration related content (e.g. photography, letters, diaries, oral histories)

Content with the following characteristics will be prioritised by Europeana, meaning extra assistance and time to ingest:

  • Content with licences that allow re-use. Public Domain or one of the open Creative Commons licences. Read more about licenses.
  • High-quality content (e.g. large images, full text, HD videos). Read more about quality in the Europeana Publishing Framework.
  • Material that fits the Europeana Thematic Collections.

Material that is not fit for Europeana:

  • Bibliographical records without a link to a digital object
  • Contemporary academic journals
  • Individual works
  • Digital objects that should be one digital object but are given as multiple. For example, every page of a census record as a unique object.