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Thousands of European archives, libraries and museums work with Europeana to bring their collections to users across the world. Explore the information below to find out how you can join them by sharing your collection data with Europeana.

Step 1 Benefits

Why share your data with Europeana?

  • Gain increased visibility through Europeana's Collections platform, active follower base and innovative editorial.
  • Bring your collection to new audiences in education, research and the creative industries - explore how we showcase collections.
  • Receive guidance from experts on data modelling, copyright and licensing.

Step 2 Requirements

What are the key requirements for sharing your data with Europeana?

  • Your collection is digitised (you can point to it with a weblink) and descriptions of the objects (metadata) are available digitally.
  • Your collection is about Europe; made by a European or a European community; or owned by a European institution. While the majority of institutions we work with are from European Union Member states, if you are an institution from outside these countries please get in touch to explore your options for sharing data.
  • The scope of your collection aligns with the Europeana Content Strategy.

Step 3 Technical criteria

Step 4 License

How do you need to license the data you share with Europeana?

  • You have evaluated the copyright status of the collection you want to publish.
  • You have analysed how you can authorise people to use the collection and this is made clear through the application of one of our available rights statements.
  • The digital descriptions of your collection (metadata) are available for reuse without restrictions, as outlined in the Data Exchange Agreement.

Read the Europeana Licensing Framework for a full understanding.

Step 5 Publish

How do you publish your collection?

  • As a relatively small organisation based in The Hague, it would be impossible for the Europeana Foundation to work directly with all cultural heritage institutions who want to share data.
  • Instead we work with aggregators, organisations who gather data and make it accessible through Europeana.
  • They serve as a bridge between us and cultural heritage institutions, and can help you get your data published.