Europeana partners

Europeana could not exist or continue to develop without the help and support of its many partners. The Europeana Network consists of thousands of organisations and institutions from all domains across Europe, from small cultural institutions to large national aggregators, and from data providers to technology solutions.

Partners join the Europeana Network for a range of reasons, the key one being knowledge sharing. Cultural institutions in Europe face similar issues whoever and wherever they are. For example

  • The challenges of object modelling
  • Semantic and technical interoperability of data
  • Multilingual access
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Business models for sustainability.

Europeana works with digital library experts, thinkers and practitioners from all over the world in these areas. The knowledge built is shared with the Network through, amongst other things, workshops, publications, mailings, seminars and conferences.

We always welcome new members to the Europeana Network.Register for the Europeana Network now.

View full lists of Europeana's data providers and Europeana Network members here.

Aggregators

An aggregator in the context of Europeana is an organisation that collects metadata from a group of data providers and transmits it to Europeana. Aggregators also support the data providers with administration, operations and training. 
 
Europeana currently offers over 29 million records, coming from more than 2,300 cultural institutions from all over Europe. As a relatively small organisation with about 40 employees (and an aggregation team of 8) based in The Hague, it would be impossible to work directly with all of these institutions. For this reason, aggregators serve as bridges between the cultural institutions and Europeana. They collect the data on a national, thematic, or project-based level, harmonise it, and deliver to Europeana. Aggregators are also important because they share a background with the organisations whose content they bring together, so there is close understanding between them.
 
The aggregation model enables Europeana to collect huge quantities of data from thousands of providers, through only a handful of channels.

Schematic overview of the Europeana Ecosystem. Image taken from the Europeana Essentials presentation; more facts and figures here.

Europeana aims to create strong partnerships and support the development of aggregators on a national level in Europe and of pan-European aggregators representing a specific segment or sector.

Besides getting direct data contributions from national aggregation initiatives, Europeana gets contributions from pan-European aggregators, for example, EU-funded projects representing a specific segment or sector. These projects enable large amounts of data provision to Europeana, create aggregation, improve data, solve language issues and develop new technologies.

Type of Aggregators

Three aggregation types are currently shaping the aggregation landscape – country, project and independent organisations.

Each type of aggregator can represent a geographic (local, national or European) or domain level (cross, single, thematic). See table below.

Country Aggregators

  • Regional aggregator: institution collects data from a region only.
  • National initiatives: single or cross-domain aggregators who have been appointed by a country's Ministry to take on the aggregation role in the country.
  • National aggregator: collects data from their native cultural heritage institutions. National aggregators are often present in a country where no national initiative has been appointed by the Ministry.

National aggregators and national initiatives are the first points of reference for Europeana when accessing data from a particular country. The full list of aggregators per country can be found here. Please get in touch if you want to get involved with your national aggregator.

Project Aggregators:

Project aggregators are organisations that have joined a project consortium with a specific aim and purpose. Project aggregators aim to aggregate within a specific theme or by domain (single or cross).

Independent Organisations:

Organisational aggregators are independent organisations (with no Ministry or other mandate) that have taken on an aggregation role representing geographic and/or domain levels (thematic, single or cross).

Domain Cross Aggregate data across domains e.g.Erfgoedplus.be
Single Data from a single domain at regional, national or international levels e.g.  APEx Project
Thematic e.g. Collections of Jewish culture project Judaica
Geographic Regional or national Data at a regional and national level can be either single domain, e.g. national library, or cross-domain, e.g. collectionstrust.org.uk
Pan-European Represent a specific segment or sector of cultural heritage by aggregating data on a European level, e.g. TheEuropeanLibrary.org
National Aggregation Initiatives Organisation(s) appointed by their Ministry to take on the role as aggregator in the country, and can be cross- or domain-specific. A cross-domain example isHispana.mcu.es
 

Contact us

New Partners


Gina van der Linden
gina.vanderlinden@europeana.eu
+31 70 3140901

Existing Partners


Joris Pekel
joris.pekel@europeana.eu
+31 70 3140134