The Louvre Museum and its pyramid

Centuries of culture just a mouse click away

Europeana’s Digital Promise

January 2010, Number 01.01

“Europeana — Europe’s digital library — is the database of databases for Europe’s cultural treasures. Linking and cataloging cultural databases from the European Union’s 27 member nations, it contains more than 4.6 million digital items accessible through an Internet site. The database is an example of how EU nations are working to preserve their cultural heritage.

A core team from the National Library of the Netherlands runs the project, which launched in November 2008. The team works with 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organizations and information technology experts throughout Europe. The goal is to expand to 10 million digitized works online by the end of 2010. Anyone can access the database and conduct searches in all official EU languages at

The online multimedia portal has image, text, audio and video files from European museums, galleries, libraries and audiovisual collections. These include works from acclaimed collections such as France’s Louvre Museum, the British Library, the Swiss National Library and even obscure mountain monasteries, to name a few. The collections include incunabula (books printed before 1501) from Spain, prints of Belgian villages from the early 20th century, children’s books from Poland, audio of Mozart’s works from Austria, and Romanian art...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Europeana’s Digital Promise,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 45.

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