Europeana Inside

Between 2012 and 2015 HoI were one of the consortium partners in the Europeana Project which lead to an increase in content to Europeana of 960,000 records. HoI contributed 100,000 of these records.

The primary objective of the Europeana Inside Project was to support the Digital Agenda for Europe by achieving a lasting transformation in the quantity, scope and usability of the content available to Europeana from European cultural institutions.


Nick Poole, Chief Executive Officer of Collections Trust, Technical Partner Meeting, The Hague, 26th October 2012

Within this overall ambition, the main objectives of Europeana Inside were:

  • To open up a significant critical-mass of new digital cultural content from European cultural institutions for delivery to Europeana.
  • To significantly simplify the process of contributing content to Europeana for cultural institutions and aggregators of all sizes and types throughout Europe,
  • To help cultural institutions and aggregators overcome barriers to participation in Europeana by part-automating the workflow through which content is made available, and creating tools for the management of access and licensing,
  • To build upon the framework of standards and protocols established through previous Europeana projects by ensuring that current and future generations of Collections and Digital Asset Management Software are ‘Europeana-ready’.
  • To support the enrichment of metadata in Content Provider systems (and thereby deliver value to participating organisations and their users) by creating a channel for enhanced content to be re-ingested from Europeana as the central domain aggregator and point of access to local systems.

Europeana Inside lead to the addition of more than 960,000 records from 15 cultural institutions and 5 national and thematic aggregators in the EU to Europeana. It also opened up the potential for more than 7000 other cultural institutions (the installed user-base of the participating Technical Partners) to deliver content to Europeana simply and easily in the future, enabling a potential contribution of more than 30 million new records.

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