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Reasons to share your data on Europeana Collections

By contributing your data to Europeana Collections, we can help you to reach a wider audience. Together, we can transform the world with culture and make our shared heritage more accessible to everyone. 

In terms of data quality, the more you give, the more you get. The benefits of publishing data in Europeana Collections may include:

  • Join a unique digital resource where thousands of cultural institutions – from regional archives to national museums – share their own collections.
  • Showcase your own collections in blogs, galleries, online exhibitions and campaigns and benefit from Europeana's active follower base on social media to reach millions of citizens across Europe.
  • Reach new audiences and make your collections available for reuse within research, education and the creative industries.
  • Make your data compliant with the Europeana Data Model, which has become an international standard for cultural heritage institutions such as EDM is in use at the Digital Public Library of America and the German Digital Library.
  • Make your collections more accessible and usable by applying the internationally interoperable rights statements that we’ve worked on with our global partners.
  • Make your data available through the Europeana API. It can then be viewed, shared and used in more ways, reaching a much larger audience.
  • Communicate with like-minded industry professionals of the Europeana Network Association to solve common issues.
  • Make the most out of your data by working with experts on data modelling, copyright and licensing.
  • Benefit from Europeana’s active role in raising international standards on content-sharing. 

Success stories

We publish more than 53 million data from over 3,500 museums, galleries, libraries, and archives across Europe. Many data providers are enjoying a rewarding experience, as a result of their active participation. For example, a landscape by Zolo Palugyay was showcased throughout Europeana’s many channels. 'It is perhaps one of the most visible artworks from our collection online,’ said Michal Čudrnák, head of digital collections at the Slovak National Gallery

Júlia Katona, from the Schola Graphidis Art Collection in Budapest, saw the opportunity in contributing data. 'The content of the whole Art Nouveau season looks great and very rich,' she said. 'I am happy to be part of it with our collection.' 

Here are a couple of more detailed case studies, from both small and large partners. 

Skoklosters - from three small museums to millions of views

Europeana is arguably even more important for smaller museums that don’t already have an international reputation and audience. The example of the Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet in Sweden shows how we can benefit smaller institutions with a more modest budget. About 300,000 people combined visit these three museums each year. But since their data is published online, their collections are shared all over the world and received millions of views in total.
Our paper investigates how they have achieved this. It also includes an interview with museum chief Karin Nilsson.
‘We wanted the collection to be as open as possible,” she said. “This felt like the right thing to do. With this in mind we picked the licences that best fitted with our mission.’ 

Rijksmuseum - ambitious and game-changing

Making the public domain collection of this Dutch museum available online without restrictions was no easy feat. Now, however, anyone can view, download, copy, remix, print, and use over 150,000 high resolution images for any purpose they can think of. The Rijksmuseum’s material is now reaching a greater audience and is widely used in all kinds of online platforms such as Wikimedia Commons, Kennisnet and Artstor. 

In ‘The Case of the Yellow Milkmaid’, you can find out why the museum chose to publish high-resolution images of its most famous originals with open metadata.  

Get started

Contributing your content to Europeana Collections gives you the opportunity to think about how you want people to view, share and use your material.  And we’ll support you every step of the way. 

If you are new to Europeana and want to explore how to publish your collections, you can start your journey right now. 

If you already have material in Europeana Collections then now is the time to explore what else you can do. 

There are plenty of good outcomes waiting on the other side. 

New data partner

As a new data partner, who has never published in Europeana before, you will have plenty of questions. You can find all the answers you need below. 

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Everything you need to publish in Europeana

Our documentation is available for you to understand what we need so that your digital data is always seen to be authentic and trustworthy by our audiences.

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