Linked Heritage

The project ‘Linked Heritage – Metadata, Standards, Persistent Identification and Linked Data System for a digital cultural heritage in Europe’ aims at contributing digitised content to Europeana, enrich it and improve use of already present Europeana content. The project is co-financed by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme of the European Commission.

PACKED vzw takes part in the Linked Heritage project as partner, responsible for the coordination of delivery of digital material from Flemish heritage organization to the project aggregator (and Europeana). The project was launched at the end of April 2011 and will last for 30 months.

About the project

Linked Heritage is a 30-month project, focussing on three objectives:

  • To contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors;
  • To enhance the quality of both new and existing Europeana content, in terms of its metadata richness, its re-use potential and its uniqueness;
  • To enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content, both within the Europeana portal and by third parties via the Europeana API.

By directly addressing key issues for Europeana and its ecosystem of projects, content providers and aggregators, Linked Heritage will facilitate and deliver large-scale, long-term enhancement of Europeana and the services it delivers. The Europeana Office is involved in the project as a subcontractor.

More information about the project can be found on the projectwebsite

Activities and outcomes

Linked Heritage will create working groups dedicated to specific problem domains (such as persistent unique identifiers, linked data, terminologies and thesauri, private sector content, …). It will aim for broad international consensus building, involving ministries and policy makers, memory institutions,
research centres & experts (academic and SME), Europeana content providers and aggregators.
The project aims will perform a large-scale implementation for validation of the best practice results; this implementation will also lead to millions of new items being contributed to Europeana, and millions more being enriched and linked in several important ways.
Dissemination and training will be set up in order to build awareness, skills and capacity, bridging technology and humanities. The consortium will initiate a collaboration with Europeana and other ecosystem projects, from day one, in order to avoid overlap, to identify synergies and to maximise the impact of the ICT-PSP programme.

These activities will result in an outcome of millions of new and enhanced items listed in Europeana; a better informed and upskilled cultural heritage community;  documented, agreed and published guidelines and handbooks addressing key issues and obstacles for Europeana ecosystem members and several valuable new software tools, all released as open source.


The project will directly address the problems associated with broken links and duplicate metadata, records, semantic linking of resources, non-standard descriptive terminologies, the lack of private sector and 20th Century content in Europeana and the preservation of complex metadata models within the Europeana metadata schema.

In the process, it will:

  • Establish (through broad consensus) best practice in several key areas;
  • Disseminate the results of the project through existing networks of contacts and trust across Europe;
  • Develop knowledge, guidelines, handbooks, toolkits and other software assets to facilitate the contribution of new content to Europeana, and the enrichment of existing content;
  • Enhance interoperability between the content management systems of content providers and those of Europeana;


The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups in the Europeana ecosystem (with the exception of the Europeana foundation, who will be involved as subcontractors). This includes several ministries and responsible government agencies, many content providers and aggregators, several partners in related ecosystem projects (e.g.Europeana Connect, ATHENA,” title=”” target=“_blank”>ARROW, etc.) and a number of leading research institutes. Because a key objective of the BPN is to use consensus to identify best practice which serves the needs of all the entities involved in the Europeana ecosystem, the consortium includes all these actors. In addition, it also includes organisations which have not in the past contributed to Europeana, but who are doing so for the first time through Linked Heritage. Twenty EU countries are represented, together with Finland, Israel and Russia as external contributors.


Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (ICCU), Italy; University of Padua (UNIPD), Italy; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy; Ministry of Culture, France; Ministry of Culture, Estonia; Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece; Institute of Computer and Communication Systems - National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece; University of Patras, Greece; Collections Trust, UK; The Library Council / An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (ACL), Ireland; Pintail Ltd, Ireland; Fundació i2CAT, internet i innovació digital a Catalunya (I2CAT), Spain; Philipps-Universität Marburg (UNIMAR), Germany; Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK), Germany; Bulgarian Academy of Science - Central Library (CL-BAS), Bulgaria; Institute for the protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (IPCHS), Slovenia; The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus; International Center for Information Management Systems and Services (ICIMSS), Poland; Swedish National Archive, Sweden; MEDRA, Italy; Technical University Hannover, Germany; EDItEUR, UK; Marketing und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels (MVB), Germany; National Szechenyi Library, Hungary; Royal Museum of Arts and History (KMKG), Belgium; Arts and Theater Institute (IDU), Czech Rep.; Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal; State Agency for Cultural Information Systems (KIS), Latvia; PACKED vzw - Platform for the Archiving and Preservation of Audiovisual Arts (PACKED), Belgium; MAKASH, Israel; CORDIA, Slovakia; DigiLab - Universita’ degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy; Archivio Fo Rame, Italy; Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain; PROMOTER, Italy; University of Savoy, France; Association Dedale, France; Uma information technology GmbH, Austria; University of Kazan (external contributor), Russia.


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