APEnet contributed digital images of documents and its associated descriptions to Europeana, enabling users to explore not only archival materials but also related holdings in Europe's museums and galleries, film-archives, libraries and audio-visual organisations.
Archival materials are not exclusively held by archives. Other institutions, like libraries and museums, house these objects as well. APEnet has facilitated access to documents and records in a variety of cultural heritage institutions, both in the public and private sector.
Initially, APEnet brought together the existing digital objects of 17 major archives across Europe.
- The first aim of the project was to build the APEnet portal: a website where users can find information about millions of digitised and not yet digitized documents, their creators and the European archives that hold them
- The second aim was to make the digital holdings of the 17 archives available in Europeana
- The final objective was to develop tools for archives to facilitate the transfer of their materials to the APEnet portal and from there to Europeana
- A single access point to the digitised and non-digitised collections of Europe's archives
- A set of converting engines and plug-ins for archives
- Access to Europe's archival heritage through Europeana
- Support and encourage cultural heritage institutions keeping archives to participate in the development of Europeana