All across Europe, thousands of museums, galleries and archives are digitizing their collections – creating virtual copies of their texts, imagery and objects that can be stored on local servers or in the cloud. Once these collections are made public online, Europeana works hard to make sure other people can find and use them. For change. For ideas. For progress.
Europeana weaves together thousands of cultural heritage and technology professionals and organisations from across Europe, all committed to the vision of transforming the world with culture. All these people come together through three main groups, each of which crosses over and collaborates in different ways to make Europeana work.
The Europeana Foundation has about 50 staff, based mainly in The Hague. It reports to a 17-strong Governing Board of representatives from professional associations of cultural and scientific heritage organisations, who advise on policy and strategy.
The Europeana Network Association is made up of hundreds of people working in a huge range of cultural and technology organisations across Europe. To represent the breadth of the Association, its members elect a Members Council (of 25) which in turn elects a Management Board (of six). These six also sit on the Foundation Governing Board.
Then there’s the network of data partners – over 3,300 institutions and aggregators who provide cultural heritage collections for publication on Europeana.
In addition to this, there are many EU-funded projects that contribute to, improve or use the Europeana services and in which the Europeana Foundation plays a minor or a major role.
Working across all these groups we have EuropeanaTech – a community of experts, and researchers from the R&D sector – and the growing Europeana Labs community, made up of developers and creative professionals.
All of these people and organisations are part of the Europeana family.