International Activities

The efforts underway to form a common European digital library are by no means the first to underscore a critical point: the digitisation of cultural heritage is not only taking place within national boundaries. Here we want to draw attention to international cooperative endeavours in the area of cultural heritage digitisation and offer access to the relevant projects and initiatives. If you note the absence of European digitisation projects or initiatives worth mentioning, please send us an e-mail: mail

  • EDLnet
    EDLnet ist ein spartenübergreifendes thematisches Netzwerk das den Aufbau der Europäischen Digitalen Bibliothek fördern soll. Inszwischen sind mehr als 80 europäische Kultureinrichtungen und -institutionen Mitglied. Koordiniert durch die Niederländische Nationalbibliothek wird EDLnet von der CENL (Conference of European National Librarians) als ein Forschungsprojekt der "The European Library" verwaltet. EDLnet widmet sich in fünf "Work Packages" mehreren Fragestellungen:
    WP1: Human, Political & Intercommunity Interoperability
    WP2: Technical & Semantic Interoperability
    WP3: Users and Usability
    WP4: Concertation and Dissemination
    WP5: Management and Coordination
  • Minerva (MinervaPLUS, MinervaEC)
    The objective of the EU-financed projects MINERVA (Ministerial NEtwoRk for Valorising Activities in Digitisation) and MINERVAPlus was two-fold: the development of an European platform for digitisation activities in the fields of culture as well as the harmonisation of digitisation activities at the European level.
    To this end, a number of recommendations, best practices and guidelines were developed. Taken together, these steps enabling project planners and managers to learn more about practices and standards which have proven their worth.

  • Michael (MichaelPLUS)
    MICHAEL (Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe) and MICHAELPlus are EU-supported projects with a common goal: unite digital collections across Europe. in order to allow worldwide access to European cultural heritage, the work results of MINERVA/MINERVAPLUS and the decision of the  NRG are incorporated here.
  • TheEuropeanLibrary
    The European Library is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 47 national libraries of Europe in 20 languages. Resources can be both digital or bibliographical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.). Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe. The amount of referenced digital collections is constantly increasing. Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 47 collaborating national libraries of Europe. The European Library is a non-commercial organisation.