EU’s culture goes digital

Europeana, the European Digital Library, is a digitization project initiated by the European Commission to guarantee access to heterogeneous digital contents.

Online since December 2008, the European Digital Library contains approximately two million digital items (paintings, books, films, archives, etc.) already in the public domain, supplied by different institutions from the 27 countries of the European Union.

The digital resources are selected among those already digitized within archives, libraries, museums and audiovisual archives.

In terms of quality and efficiency, Europeana's search platform is more than just the European answer to portals such as Google Book Search.

Sources:
1) http://www.europeana.eu/portal/aboutus.html

2) Swant, Marty. "Readers overwhelm EU's new digital library." www.reuters.com. Jan. 09. Reuters
Available from: http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssITServicesConsulting/idUSLK23880620081120?sp=true