Happy Birthday Europeana – more than just a big sister
In November 2008 it went online for the first time – the European digital library “Europeana”, launched by six European Heads of State and Government and the President of the Commission at that time. In the meantime this ambitious project, whose intention was nothing less than to bring together the digital holdings of all cultural heritage institutions in Europe and provide access to these under the motto “we transform the world with culture”, has become a central focal point for countless activities and cooperations in the area of the digital transformation of the cultural sector. The idea of making European cultural heritage visible for everyone has inspired many initiatives – throughout Europe, in individual institutions and also at Member State level.
Even the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) would not have existed in this form without Europeana. Because the German counterpart to the European role model, which saw the light of day in November 2012 with the beta launch exactly four years after the big sister, was created as the German contribution to the European digital library and was given the role of the national aggregator for Europeana, among other things.
The cooperation between Europeana and the DDB is, however, not limited to bringing together, processing and transferring data: we are working together to realise our vision of a world in which all people will have access to their entire cultural heritage, and helping cultural heritage institutions to open and share their extensive holdings. Europeana and the DDB cooperate in many working groups and committees, are partners in several projects and regularly exchange experiences in nearly all our fields of activity. And last but not least, Elisabeth Niggemann, the present Chair of the Europeana Governing Board, is the General Director of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library), a cultural institution which is one of the DDB’s most important sponsors.
We are proud to be part of Europeana and we look forward to our next ten years (together)!
The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek