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Collections Trust wins EU funding

Geraldine Kendall, 24.04.2012
Investment in digital projects to bring European collections online
The Collections Trust has secured an investment of €8m from the European Commission towards a series of projects to help museums, archives and libraries across Europe bring their collections online.

€3.8m will go towards Europeana Inside, a research and development project in partnership with 10 providers of collections management software that are existing members of the Trust’s Spectrum Partner scheme. The project will develop open source tools to help cultural institutions to manage the sharing and reuse of collections online.

Another project, Partage Plus, will receive €3m to digitise art nouveau artefacts and architecture from across Europe. In total, 75,000 items, including 2,000 3D models, will be digitised and made available through Europeana, the online channel for European cultural collections.

Further funding will go to Enumerate, a three-year networking project assessing the extent to which the 36 EU member states are digitising their cultural heritage. The project aims to provide up-to-date and comprehensive intelligence about the costs, methods and impact of digitising collections.

Another initiative, Linked Heritage, enables cultural organisations to share their digitised collections on Europeana as linked open data, a method of web publishing that interlinks content and allows digital records to be retrieved and reused more easily.

Collections Trust chief executive Nick Poole said: “This new investment by the European Commission represents a milestone in the Collections Trust’s international strategy and a huge opportunity to help museums, archives and libraries bring the richness of their collections to online audiences.”