APENET - Archives Portal Europe

finished project

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,

Coordinated by the National Archives of Spain, the project started on 15th January 2009 and ran for 36 months. It is partly funded by the European Commission.

APEnet and Europeana

The digital content in APEnet is accessible via Europeana, particularly the digital images of documents and its associated description, 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.


  • 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

Project website


APENet portal


Project contacts

Deputy project co-ordinator
Luis R. Enseñat Calderón

APEnet Communications
Peder Andren