Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation, allowing cultural heritage institutions to share their collections with the world. Over 58 million cultural heritage items from around 4,000 institutions across Europe are available online via Europeana Collections. We work to share and promote this heritage so that it can be used and enjoyed by people across the world.

Europeana supports all cultural heritage institutions to create good quality digital assets in standardised formats, allowing them to share, explore, interrogate and use their collections in ways that fulfil their institutions’ own 21st century missions.  Our frameworks for interoperability and standardisation of data, rights and measurement of impact have been adopted internationally.

Europeana operates in line with EU policies and strategies in areas such as inclusiveness, online accessibility, reuse of public information, promotion of EU research, development and innovation. 

Visit Europeana Collections: https://www.europeana.eu/

The Finnish Heritage Agency (FHA) is the nation’s specialist, service provider, developer and authority in protecting environments with cultural history value, archaeological culture heritage and architectural heritage, and other cultural property. It also collects and presents a culture historical national collection, studies material cultural heritage and both supports and develops the museum field nationally. The National Museum of Finland is a part of FHA. FHA’s Picture Collections preserve and depict the history and cultures of the area of Finland and the  people who live and have lived here, the built environment, and the Finno-Ugric cultures, as well as the cultures of areas outside Finland. Picture collections include the extensive collections of the Press Photo Archive. In total, collections consist of approximately 18 million pictures created with different techniques, dating from the 16th century to the present day.

Visit: https://www.museovirasto.fi/en/ 

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum “about people, for people”, a museum of cultural identities, a link between the past and the present, between traditional and modern culture, between our own and other cultures, between the natural environment and civilisation. It is a museum of dialogue, open, active and hospitable, dedicated to serving the public. It presents and reports on traditional culture as well as mass and pop culture in Slovenia and the diaspora, on non-European cultures, and on the material and intangible cultural heritage of both everyday and festive life. The Museum publishes a scientific periodical “Etnolog” since 1926, as a bulletin of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. As a rule, one issue is published annually.

Visit: https://www.etno-muzej.si/sl/slovene-ethnographic-museum
Leiden University Libraries (UBL) collect, describe, preserve and provide access to a rich and varied record of scientific publications in support of the teaching, research and strategic goals of the university. The UBL holds over 5 million paper volumes, over a million e-books and hundreds of databases, electronic reference works and digital text and image collections. With close to 3 million journal article downloads per year and more than 44,000 electronic journals full text available, the Library’s digital collection continues to grow at a rapid pace. The Leiden University Libraries has strengths in many distinct collecting areas from collections medieval prayer books to contemporary Asian Art. Of particular note are the collections of Caribbean, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and languages, Science, Law and Political theory, European History (which includes art history, colonialism, history of science, cartography, pamphlets and history of religions) and European Languages (Italian, English, Slavic Languages and Dutch).

Visit: https://www.library.universiteitleiden.nl/

The Benaki Museum is among the most extensive and innovative museum organizations in Europe. Diverse cultures engage in dialogue with Greek culture and contemporary art movements across a network of venues all over Athens — and beyond.  It was founded by Antonis Benakis in 1930 and subsequently donated to the Greek state. Arranged across a satellite network of 7 museum buildings, the Museum also  features 4 archival departments and an extensive library, currently holding a 500,000-strong inventory covering all periods of Greek culture (from Prehistory to the present) as well as European, Islamic, Pre-Columbian, African and Chinese art.  The Museum has earned international recognition and forged collaborations and partnerships with established cultural entities, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Its collections appear on its website and many other digital platforms, including Europeana, Google Art Project and Museums with no Frontiers.

Visit: www.benaki.org
The National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW) groups together Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal and Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. Since 2017 NMVW has been working closely together with Rotterdam’s Wereldmuseum. Together these collections comprise nearly 450,000 objects, 260,000 photographs and some 350,000 items of documentary film and video material. Each of the objects in the collection tells a human story, embodying universal themes such as celebration, mourning, decoration, prayer, love and conflict. Themes that have one thing in common: they show that despite our differences we are all human.

Visit: https://www.volkenkunde.nl/en

KADOC is the Interfaculty Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society at KU Leuven. Established in 1976, KADOC is not only one of the leading cultural heritage institutions in Belgium, but also an international centre for the study of  the interaction between religion, culture and society since 1750. It preserves and discloses an impressive collection of archives, data, and heritage that has emerged from the interplay between religion, culture and society in a Belgian, European and global context.

Visit: https://kadoc.kuleuven.be/english

ICIMSS is a scientific association established in 2002. Its activities are focused on information, education and culture. Among the various activities, ICIMSS has created a portal, the Private Collections Library – www.bikop.eu , which belongs to the network of Polish digital libraries. From this portal and from a second one  www.pictures-bank.eu, a selection of photographs about China was offered in the project for publication as open access content in Europeana.

Visit ICIMSS’ website: www.icimss.edu.pl

The Historical Museum of Lausanne (MHL) was recently renovated. It reopened in April 2018 with a new permanent exhibition entitled Lausanne, the Exhibition. As it is housed in Lausanne’s old Bishop’s Palace – a monument of national importance (with the highest rating in Switzerland’s inventory of historical monuments) – the utmost care had to be applied to the substance and integrity of the building.  Due to its historical content and location within Lausanne’s old town, MHL juxtaposes past and present, allowing visitors to step back and forth in time. From its hilltop perch overlooking a modern European city, the MHL showcases history and the importance of passing historical knowledge on to future generations. As part of its collection, the Historical Museum of Lausanne owns the work of Géa Augsbourg (1902-1974), a Swiss artist of the 20th century who visited China in 1959 bringing back an album of sketches and paintings. From this album,  a small selection of oeuvres was published on Europeana for the PAGODE project.

Website:  www.lausanne.ch/vie-pratique/culture/musees/mhl.html


EKT is the accredited National Aggregator for Europeana for Greek cultural heritage via its portal SearchCulture.gr. It has developed workflows and procedures for integrating its content into the European Digital Library. Presence in Europeana ensures even greater visibility for the participating institutions. So far, SearchCulture.gr has contributed over 320,472 items from 43 collections/owning institutions to Europeana.

The digital resources accessible via SearchCulture.gr include digital representations of archaeological and ethnological material, historical documents and manuscripts, works of art, maps, books and intangible heritage resources. The digital files are mainly photographs and other images, pdfs, 3D digital representations and audiovisual material.

Visit: www.ekt.gr/en and Searchculture.gr

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years. As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational and research opportunities, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,800 PhD students. Seven faculties cover a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies.

The Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary institution of the University of Basel. Its task is to coordinate and promote research, teaching and infrastructure for digitisation in the humanities and social sciences; it is also a central institution in Switzerland for the theory and practice of the digital humanities. The lab has its roots in scientific photography and it was founded in 1924 as “Abteilung für Wissenschaftliche Photographie”. Besides digital editing, corpus building and virtual research environments, computational photography and imaging are still foci of the group in research and lecture.

Visit: https://dhlab.philhist.unibas.ch/en/home/

The National Library of China is the National Bibliographic Center, the National Ancient Books Protection Center, and the National Classics Museum. The National Library of China performs the duties of collection and protection of books and documents, guides and coordinates the national document protection work; provides document information and reference consulting services for the central and national leading organs and the public; carries out research on library science theory and library development, guides National library professional work; performs relevant cultural exchange functions externally, participates in IFLA and related international organizations, and develops exchanges and cooperation with domestic and foreign libraries.

Visit: http://www.nlc.cn/newen/

The Capital Library of China (CLCN) established in 1913, as was proposed by Mr. Lu Xun, a renowned Chinese man of letters. With a history more than one hundred years, CLCN boasts a collection of over 8.08 million volumes of documents, which include rare ancient books, local documents, pre-1949 publications, and video-audio materials. Covering an area of 94,000 square meters, the library is now divided into Building A and Building B, having multi-functional theater, movie hall, appreciation chamber, cafe and other cultural and leisure areas. There are more than 20 reading and lending sections with over 4,000 seats to serve an average of 20,000 readers per day.  In 2016, CLCN received 5.26 million readers, lent 2.36 million books with 20.67 million visits of the database, and held thousands of public lectures, salons and many international exhibitions. With its comfortable environment, innumerable resources, highly-efficient service, and multiple cultural exchanges, CLCN has become an ideal place for people to study and communicate with others. 

Visit: www.clcn.net.cn

It is one of the top comprehensive university located in Shenyang, the biggest city in the northeast of China. The university has 1,266 teachers, 25000 students including undergraduate and graduate. The university has been communicating and cooperating with many universities overseas throughout its history. It has cooperative relations with more than 60 foreign universities and educational institutions. There are 18 schools in Shenyang University, Fine Arts school enjoys very high reputation in China with its excellent teaching and learning. Fine Arts School has nine bachelor’s degree programs: Oil Painting Department, Chinese Painting Department , Printmaking Department, Sculpture Department, Department of Interior Design, Department of Visual Communication Design, Department of Public Art Design, Department of Product Design, Department of Textile and Fashion Design. The academy has five postgraduate programs: Folk Art, Oil Painting Creation, Chinese Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture . There are 103 full-time teachers in the institute, including 13 professors, 33 associate professors, 57 lecturers, and 1248 undergraduate students, 45 postgraduate students.

Visit:  https://en.syu.edu.cn/

China National Center for Culture Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CNCCS), was established in 2000, based on the initiative of LI Tieying, the member of the Political Bureau and the president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) at that time. The main research areas of CNCCS include: cultural philosophy and cultural economics, Chinese domestic cultural policy, and foreign cultural policy, etc.

Vist:  http://www.cassrccp.com/

If you’re holding collections about Chinese Heritage or are interested in the project’s activities and themes, you’re welcome to join PAGODE: please get in touch with info@photoconsortium.net