Posted on Wednesday September 22, 2021

Updated on Thursday September 30, 2021

1 September 2021 to 31 March 2022
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Digital Transformation Task Force

This Task Force aims to build capacity for digital transformation across Europeana. It is a joint Task Force from the Europeana Foundation, Europeana Network Association and Europeana Aggregators’ Forum. 

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Understanding digital transformation and knowing how to build the digital capacity of individuals, organisations and networks is not simple. People's understanding of the issues is defined in part by their own digital literacy, confidence and maturity, which for many working in the cultural heritage sector is still low. Added to this, the sector faces other multifaceted and complex challenges. 

The Task Force will develop a vision of what digital transformation looks like in the sector in all its different facets, and begin to plan out how to support, enable and measure it. With a united approach and a clear plan of action, we can understand how to harness the potential that digital transformation offers. The Task Force will also support Europeana Initiative stakeholders working on the capacity building needed to support the digital transformation of the GLAM sector, bringing stakeholders together to build on the work done in this area so far, respond to the current challenges facing the sector, and to collectively understand and agree on a clear, practical plan of action. This work supports Europeana's mission to 'empower the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation'.

Culture24 has been commissioned by the Europeana Foundation to support the establishment of this Task Force. 

Get involved

We are looking for six people to get involved as members of this Task Force: two independent members, two members from across the Europeana Network Association and two members from the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum. You will make new connections, deepen your understanding of Europeana and contribute to a sector-leading project.

You can read the brief for the Initiative wide Digital transformation Task Force and this background reading document for more information, and email Sebastiaan ter Burg to express your interest.

The Task Force will meet at least four times in the upcoming months, so please make sure that you are available on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday 19th October 2021 

  • Tuesday 2nd November 2021

  • Tuesday 11th January 2022

  • Tuesday 15th February 2022


  • Guide the development of Europeana’s ‘capacity-building framework’

  • Align the Initiative’s visions on digital transformation and the contribution of the capacity-building framework, to drive positive sector change

  • Advise on and anticipate sector needs and the best approach to measuring and assessing digital transformation 

  • Consider Network needs relating to the formation of a community or working group that could support capacity development

  • Help to motivate stakeholders to embrace digital transformation and remove barriers to capacity-building activities.


The Digital Transformation Task Force will deliver an action plan for adoption across Europeana Initiative stakeholders that includes: 

  • Recommendations for activities to support and guide the sector

  • Recommendations for the future of the Task Force and the possibility of a longer term working group to continue to support this work

  • Recommendations on the assessment and measurement of digital transformation

  • A review of the current definition of digital transformation 


The Digital Transformation Taskforce will help the Europeana Initiative stakeholders to:

  • Implement strategies and activities that can meaningfully support digital transformation and digital capacity-building

  • Align its expectations on capacity-building

  • Raise its ambitions with regards to the quality, depth and accessibility of capacity-building

  • Agree on a vision of digital transformation that has an impact for the whole sector