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Official launch for Europeana

Submitted by Bernardo Parrella on Mon, 27/10/2008 - 18:16

Europeana.eu will go live on the 20th of November 2008.[27oct08]

The newly designed site will bring users digitised books, films, paintings, newspapers, sounds and archives from Europe’s greatest collections.

The digital content (for a total of two million items) will be selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. The prototype aims to have representative content from all four of these cultural heritage domains, and also to have a broad range of content from across Europe.

The interface will be multilingual. Initially, this may mean that it is available in French, English and German, but the intention is to develop the number of languages available following the launch. The final intention is that by 2010 the Europeana portal will give everybody direct access to well over 6 million digital sounds, pictures, books, archival records and films.

Europeana is a Thematic Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2010 policy. Originally known as the European digital library network – EDLnet – it is a partnership of 90 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from throughout Europe. They contribute to the Work Packages that are solving the technical and usability issues and developing the specifications for the prototype.

For more information: http://europeana.eu/

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