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Thousands of European archives, libraries and museums work with Europeana to bring their collections to users across the world. Explore the information below to find out how you can join them by sharing your collection data with Europeana.

Step 1 Benefits

Why share your data with Europeana?

  • Gain increased visibility through the Europeana website, active follower base and innovative editorial.
  • Bring your collection to new audiences in education, research and the creative industries - explore how we showcase collections.
  • Receive guidance from experts on data modelling, copyright and licensing.

Step 2 Requirements

What are the key requirements for sharing your data with Europeana?

  • Your collection is digitised (you can point to it with a weblink) and descriptions of the objects (metadata) are available digitally.
  • Your collection is about Europe; made by a European or a European community; or owned by a European institution. While the majority of institutions we work with are from European Union Member states, if you are an institution from outside these countries please get in touch to explore your options for sharing data.
  • The scope of your collection aligns with the Europeana Content Strategy.

Step 3 Technical criteria

Are there any technical criteria for your sharing data?

  • The digital descriptions of your collection (metadata) are submitted using the format specified in the Europeana Data Model (EDM).
  • You align with one of our four content tiers and three metadata tiers. Find out more about the criteria in our page on the Europeana Publishing Framework.

Read the Europeana Publishing Guide for a full understanding.

Step 4 License

How do you need to license the data you share with Europeana?

Read the Europeana Licensing Framework for a full understanding.

Step 5 Publish

How do you publish your collection?

  • As a relatively small organisation based in The Hague, it would be impossible for the Europeana Foundation to work directly with all cultural heritage institutions who want to share data.
  • Instead we work with aggregators, organisations who gather data and make it accessible through Europeana.
  • They serve as a bridge between us and cultural heritage institutions, and can help you get your data published.