About our Network Association
A strong and democratic community dedicated to good practice in the world of digital cultural heritage.
Who we are
The Europeana Network Association is an active community of over 1,700 individuals who are interested in digital cultural heritage, and support the values and work of Europeana. The work that members do to advance Europeana sits within the work they do in their own organizations.
What we stand for
We believe that everyone deserves access to cultural heritage, and that creators and institutions should always receive the correct credit when that heritage is displayed and used.
Our philosophy is based on the European Cultural Commons. It means we all agree that the work we do should be consistent and that we work for the benefit of the whole, not in silos.
We want our members to be engaged and active - that's how we become a powerful movement.
To make our beliefs a reality, we want to build the values of the commons into every aspect of the work Europeana does, including its governance. It is not enough to simply emphasize principles such as trust, reciprocity and collectivity. We must also find practical ways to embed them at every level.
What we do
- We join together with fellow colleagues from the cultural sector, get inspired and develop new projects together - virtually via our LinkedIn group, and in real life at our events and workshops.
- We actively shape the future of our sector and digital practice by influencing policymakers' decisions on issues that concern us all, such as copyright or multilingualism. The Network Association shapes Europeana through Task Forces and the development of the Europeana Business Plan.
- We contribute to expert communities such as EuropeanaTech, Data Services, Europeana Labs, Europeana IPR, Europeana Research.
- We keep up-to-date with Europeana's latest developments through a monthly Network Association newsletter.
- We run and vote in the Europeana Network Association Members Council elections once a year.
How we work
Every year at an Annual General Assembly, Europeana Network Association members elect a governing body of 36 representatives to form the Members Council.
Together with the Europeana Foundation and its Governing Board, the Members Council decides how Europeana will promote and support digital cultural heritage and what its yearly business plan should include. The Members Council also supervises the Network's Working Groups and Task Forces, which are set up to support the development of the business plan and address ongoing activities and challenges affecting the digital heritage field.