Europeana (europeana.eu) is the most visible representation of European cultural heritage online. After four years of innovative work since the portal was launched at the end of 2008, Europeana now gives access to a European treasury of 28 million books, pictures, films, maps, archival records, museum objects and sound recordings from over 2,200 of Europe’s memory institutions.
Europeana and its ecosystem create value for Europe through aggregating cultural heritage, promoting technology transfer, knowledge sharing and policy development. It connects content providers, end-users (citizens accessing the portal) and re-users (creative industries) and contributes directly and indirectly to growth.
Digitized cultural material has the potential to be a core resource for European cultural and creative enterprise. According to the European Competitiveness Report 2010, creative industries account for 3.3% of EU GDP and 3% of employment in the EU.
Digitization and online accessibility of Member States’ cultural heritage contributes to economic growth and job creation and to the achievement of the digital single market through the increasing offer of new and innovative online products and services.
Currently, the public/private libraries and digital collection of cultural heritage organization of the cross border area of Greece and Albania have a minimum presence to the Europeana Digital Library, lacking behind to digitalization and aggregation technologies.
The main challenge of the project is to use the Public Libraries Cultural Heritage thesaurus in a modern digital and innovative way, create automatic tools for publishing their books and artifacts to the largest library of Europe, and thus modernizing the services provided to the public, researchers and tourists.