Duration: 01/07/2007 - 30/06/2009 (24 months)
Funding: European Commission, under the eContentplus program (part of i2010 policy)


EDLnet Thematic Network is a project dedicated to the preparation of a European Digital Library, with a focus on diffuse accessibility to cultural content, including museums, archives, and audiovisual information.

The project was coordinated by the National Library of the Netherlands and supported by a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organizations, as well as IT experts throughout Europe, all of which contributed to the Work Packages solving technical and usability issues.

The goal of the EDLnet project was to address human, political, semantic, technical and organizational interoperability issues present in such a multi-lingual portal, for the improvement and efficiency of navigating Europe's cultural resources.

In a period of two years the EDLnet project aimed to deliver, among other results, a more visible community of archivists, librarians, and museum professionals dedicated to supporting the European Digital Library, summary reports and recommendations regarding interoperability issues, prototypes demonstrating the proposed solutions, with a final, fully working prototype with multilingual access supporting 2 million digital items, and a proposal for the funding of the European Digital Library service.

The Europeana prototype is the result of a 2-year project that began in July 2007. Europeana.eu went live on 20 November 2008, launched by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

The Institute and Museum of the History of Science participated actively in the work group 2.2, Semantic and Multilingual Interoperability, and provided metadata for the prototype Europeana.eu.

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