Europe’s digital library, Europeana – a website that enables anyone to access millions of digitised books, maps, photographs and more from all cultural institutions across Europe – has increased in size to 14 million objects.
Initially targeted at providing around 10 million items, Europeana was set up to explore “new ways to bring Europe’s cultural heritage online”.
Set up in 2008, the service provides paintings, film and film fragments, music clips, books, maps, photographs, newspapers and audiovisual documents. More than 14 million are provided in total – an amount to which Ireland contributed 6.47pc (905,799 items).
Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, said: “Europeana is a great example of how co-operation at European level can enrich all of our lives. Fourteen million objects available online is good news for all internet users who want to have access to cultural material from Europe’s libraries, museums and archives.
“But Europeana could be even better if more cultural institutions digitised their collections and made them accessible through this European portal.”
France top contributor
All EU Member States have contributed items to Europeana, but France is still the largest contributor (18pc of total items). Germany has increased its share to 17pc, while Ireland and the UK come in at around 6pc.
Next year, Europeana intends to experiment with user-generated content and will invite users to contribute material to Europeana around the theme of World War I.
Europeana content by country
(Percentage of the total number of objects in Europeana contributed by different countries)
|EU Member States
|European collections without an attribution per MS, eg, from European projects