Aggregator The cultural heritage institution or the project it is partner in, that assembles data from various organisations, converts to the correct format and delivers to Europeana
Content provider The organisation that delivers content to the aggregator, mostly with an export from a local database
Europeana Foundation The government body of Europeana, incorporated in Dutch law as "Stichting Europeana". The general director of the foundation is Harry Verwayen
Europeana Pro The Europeana tech community, a community of experts, developers, and researchers from the R&D sector within the greater Europeana Network Association
Europeana Network Association (ENA) A community of European experts working in the field of digital cultural heritage. Everyone is free to join the community
Europeana Members Council Elected governing body of 36 representatives from various European cultural heritage organizations
Europeana Network Association Management Board Consists of 6 members appointed by the Members Council. The board leads the development of the ENA's strategic vision. They also sit in the Europeana Foundation Management Board

Europeana History

Europeana is a platform for digital cultural heritage content. Over 3000 organizations across Europe have contributed to make the platform one of the biggest resources for cultural content worldwide. Europeana currently displays over 58 million cultural and scientific artifacts, covering a wide range of disciplines, such as art, architecture and biology.

The history of Europeana starts with the desire to create a European digital library and ends with the structurally funded Digital Service Infrastructure. Below you can find a summary of Europeana's history.

2005 France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Spain send a joint letter to the president of the European Union, José Manuel Barroso, to advocate the development of a virtual European Library to make European's cultural heritage more accessible
2007 The European Commission'sInformation Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP) launches the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) from 2007 until 2013, allowing many organizations to propose projects to deliver content to Europeana
2008 The project European Digital Library Network (EDL-net), including the creation of the Europeana prototype, kicked-of in 2008. It was funded by the eContentplus programme
2009 The successor of EDLnet (Europeana version 1.0) began life in February 2009. It ran for 2.5 years and, by 2010, the initial prototype had developed into a full service, providing access to over 10 million digital records of cultural objects
2011 In January 2011, the European Commission released its ‘New Renaissance’ report which endorsed Europeana as ‘the central reference report for Europe’s online cultural heritage’. A huge milestone followed in September 2012 when, in the first move of its kind, Europeana metadata was released under the terms of the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, making the metadata itself freely available for any kind of use, boosting opportunities for digital innovation and creativity.
2014 The Connecting Europe Facility programme launches the CEF Telecom Call for Proposals as of 2014 until 2020, supporting new projects with Europeana.
2015 In May 2015, Europeana became one of the European Commission’s Digital Service Infrastructures (DSI), all of which deliver networked cross-border services for citizens, businesses and public administrations.

Belgian Content Providers

Belgium has been one of the earliest content providers in Europe, making it in the top ten list of countries with the most content in Europeana (see statistics page). Most Belgian content providers have delivered content through various European funded projects. Find a list below.

Content delivered in projects

Year Aggregator Content provider
2001-2004 The European Library Ghent University Library, Royal Library of Belgium (Brussels)
2008-2011 Athena – Access to Cultural Heritage Networks across Europe Art & History Museum (Brussels), Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren) , Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), ModeMuseum (Antwerpen) , Collection Flemish Government (Flanders), Antwerp city Archives
2008-2011 The European Film Gateway (EFG) CINEMATEK
2009-2011 MIMO - Musical Instrument Museums Online Musical Instruments Museum (Brussels), Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren)
2009-2012 EU Screen RTBF
2010-2013 HOPE – Heritage of People’s Europe AMSAB – Institute of Social History
2011-2014 OpenUp! Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren),Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels), Nationale Plantentuin van België (Meise)
2011-2013 Digitising Contemporary Art Royal Museums of Fine Arts (Brussels)
2011-2013 Linked Heritage Art & History Museum (Brussels), Museum Plantin-Moretus Prentenkabinet (Antwerp)
2012-2014 Partage Plus Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels), Art & History Museum (Brussels)
2012-2014 EUInside Libis (KULeuven), Art & History Museum (Brussels)
2012-2015 EuropeanaPhotography Libis (KULeuven), KULeuven, Art & History Museum (Brussels)
2012-2015 Europeana Fashion Art & History Museum (Brussels), ModeMuseum (Antwerp), Heritage and Sustainability (University of Antwerp), Catwalkpictures (Brussels), Shoes or no shoes (Kruishoutem), Modemuseum (Hasselt)
2013-2015 AthenaPlus Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels), Art & History Museum (Brussels) , PACKED vzw
2014-2016 Europeana Food & Drink Art & History Museum (Brussels), Centrum Agrarische Geschiedenis (Leuven)
2019-2020 Europeana Archaeology Art & History Museum (Brussels)
2019-2020 Fifties in Europe Kaleidoscope KULeuven, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels)
2020-2021 PAGODE Photoconsortium (KULeuven, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels))
2020-2021 Europeana XX KULeuven, Catwalkpictures

Content delivered by aggregators

Aggregator Organizations
Erfgoedplus All associated institutions
Carare erfgoedBrussels, PMR Maeyaert, Art & History Museum (Brussels)
Photoconsortium KULeuven, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels)
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie Groeningemuseum (Brugge), Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Gent), Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Antwerp)
Museu-hub Art & History Museum, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Brussels)