010 was an auspicious year for Europeana. It began with the publication of Europeana – Next Steps, a report by Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, which was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in May 2010.
2011 is a pivotal year, moving towards a service active in all the four strategic tracks. This year more emphasis and resource is to be placed on Engagement of the user and Distribution of the data, than on Aggregation and Facilitation and this is reflected in the volumes of work within each track.
Our ambition is to provide new forms of access to culture, to inspire creativity and stimulate social and economic growth. To achieve this, Europeana and its stakeholders grapple with major challenges.
The Public Domain is the material from which society derives knowledge and fashions new cultural works. Having a healthy and thriving Public Domain is essential to the social and economic well-being of society.