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

Saving Forgotten WW1 Family Stories
Press Release - Yorkshire, England, 22 July 2014

Do you have a box hidden deep in the attic or under the bed that holds your great grandfather's diaries from 1914-1918? His army medals? Or a photo with a special story behind it? If so, it could be part of a unique European WW1 project, shared worldwide to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

Europeana WW1 roadshow in Vienna
Press Release - Vienna, Austria, 22 July 2014

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. To mark this event, the crowdsourcing project Europeana 1914-1918 is collecting private memorabilia throughout Europe and making it all available in a public digital archive. Now the project is coming to Austria.

Read the press release in German.

Commemoration ceremony of UN with film material from EFG1914
Press Release - Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 08 July 2014

The Deutsches Filminstitut, coordinator of the European film digitisation project about the First World War, EFG1914, and its European partners welcome the appreciation of their work by the United Nations

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