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Linked Heritage. Coordination of Standards and Technologies for the enrichment of Europeana

Linked Heritage is a project funded by the European Union as part of its Competitiveness And Innovation Framework Programme (CIP, 2007 – 2013). The project started on the 1st of April 2011 and ended the 30th September 2013. It involves 38 partners from 20 countries, including EU member states, Israel and Russia.

Goals of the project

Linked Heritage has 3 main goals:

  • to contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both public and private sectors
  • to enhance the quality and richness of Europeana metadata
  • to improve the functionalities available for search, retrieval and use of Europeana content.



The project seeks to enable a significant expansion and enrichment of Europeana content and services:

  • providing access to 3 million new digital objects
  • facilitating the comprehension and spread of key Digital Library concepts through the creation of new dissemination, information and training tools (websites, posters, leaflets and learning objects)
  • developing new open source web applications to facilitate the flow of data to Europeana.


Role of the University Libraries Centre in the project

The University Libraries Centre (Centro d' Ateneo per le Biblioteche - CAB) of University of Padova is the Leader of the “Dissemination & Training” Work Package.

The Centre is responsible for coordinating the dissemination of results achieved by the Linked Heritage project, and for training. It is also entrusted with:

  • the preparation of a training programme available as an e-learning facility and focusing on key aspects of the project (Europeana, metadata standards, linked data, permanent identifiers, multilingual terminologies, public-private partnerships)
  • the design and creation of a set of learning objects in collaboration with participants of the Linked Heritage international Working Group on training.


Provider of content for Europeana

Europeana is the ambitious digital library of the European Union, set up with the aim of providing access for all to the riches and diversity that characterize the cultural and scientific heritage of European countries. The project — launched in 2008 — is funded by the European Commission and housed at the National Library of the Netherlands in the Hague.

Europeana is first and foremost a multilingual portal, designed as an interchange, with links to libraries, archives, museums, universities and research institutes of the European Union, enabling users of the web to share freely in our common cultural memory. These same users can also contribute to the growth and dissemination of this immense digital heritage through the social media and Web 2.0 tools.

From the work of Isaac Newton on the laws of motion to the drawings of Leonardo, from the Divine Comedy to the paintings of Jan Vermeer, from the scores of Beethoven to the Magna Carta, from the Codex Sinaiticus to images of the fall of the Berlin Wall: over 17,500,000 digital objects in the form of texts, images, audio and video clips, can be consulted by students, teachers, researchers and scholars.

The Europeana archive receives contributions continuously from more than 1500 cultural institutions, including the British Library in London and the Paris Louvre. But there are collections of small museums and libraries too, just waiting to be discovered and visited by all citizens of the global village.

Among the items that can be viewed on the pages of the European digital library are more than 90,000 objects from collections belonging both to the University of Padova and to the Veneto Region. Compatibility with Europeana will be guaranteed by an exhaustive mapping of the original metadata.

Preservation of digital objects in PHAIDRA

All learning objects and most of the digital objects from Paduan collections will be preserved in PHAIDRA (Permanent Hosting, Archiving and Indexing of Digital Resources and Assets), the platform for long-term management and archiving of digital objects designed by the University of Vienna and adopted by the University of Padova Library System in 2010 as part of a collaboration agreement and joint software development venture.

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