May 22, 2022

Cultural Heritage: Summary Report of the Public Consultation on Europeana

From the European Commission:

The public consultation on Europeana, Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, was held between 17 October 2017 and 14 January 2018. Its results will contribute to the evaluation of Europeana and will help direct its future development.


The results of the complete analysis of the contributions to the public consultation will provide more insights, however the following trends can be observed.

1. Respondents agree that Europeana has created value at European level

At least two thirds of 1,187 respondents agree that Europeana has created value at European level, particularly in digitally bringing together and providing access to cultural objects from across Europe (85%), standardising the format of object descriptions (70%), and facilitating a European network of digital heritage professionals (70%).

Europeana has played a significant role in the digital development of the cultural heritage sector in Europe. Respondents indicated developments on the European level (35%), and on the national level (27%), including enhanced cooperation and standardisation activities at national level and across borders (i.e. metadata standardization and interoperability, open data, copyright discussion)

2. Respondents indicate a number of important issues, problems, opportunities or priorities to be addressed by Europeana

The majority of the 585 respondents indicate issues and priorities with respect to the quality of the available material (23%), awareness raising (23%), and functionality, such as improved search facilities (13%).

3. Respondents indicate a number of new features, services, or activities that could be introduced by Europeana in the future

The majority of the 395 respondents indicated new features in terms of functionality (35%), such as multilingual search and in-text search, content (21%), such as more thematic material, and aggregation (12%), specifically improved support to content providers.

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