Archives Portal Europe

APEnet contributed digital images of documents and its associated descriptions to Europeana, enabling users to explore not only archival materials but also related holdings in Europe's museums and galleries, film-archives, libraries and audio-visual organizations.

Posted on Monday December 8, 2014

Updated on Wednesday March 11, 2020

1 January 2009 to 31 December 2011
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Archival materials are not exclusively held by archives. Other institutions, like libraries and museums, house these objects as well. APEnet has facilitated access to documents and records in a variety of cultural heritage institutions, both in the public and private sector.

Initially, APEnet brought together the existing digital objects of 17 major archives across Europe.

  • The first aim of the project was to build the APEnet portal: a website where users can find information about millions of digitised and not yet digitized documents, their creators and the European archives that hold them
  • The second aim was to make the digital holdings of the 17 archives available in Europeana
  • The final objective was to develop tools for archives to facilitate the transfer of their materials to the APEnet portal and from there to Europeana


  • A single access point to the digitised and non-digitised collections of Europe's archives
  • A set of converting engines and plug-ins for archives
  • Access to Europe's archival heritage through Europeana
  • Support and encourage cultural heritage institutions keeping archives to participate in the development of Europeana


Project documentation