Who we are

Introducing the people and networks behind Europeana

Europeana weaves together thousands of cultural heritage and technology professionals and organisations from across Europe, all committed to the vision of transforming the world with culture. All these people come together through three main groups, each of which crosses over and collaborates in different ways to make Europeana work.

The Europeana Foundation has about 50 staff, based mainly in The Hague. It reports to a 17-strong Governing Board of representatives from professional associations of cultural and scientific heritage organisations, who advise on policy and strategy.

The Europeana Network Association is made up of hundreds of people working in a huge range of cultural and technology organisations across Europe. To represent the breadth of the Association, its members elect a Members Council (of 25) which in turn elects a Management Board (of six). These six also sit on the Foundation Governing Board.

Then there’s the network of data partners - over 3,300 institutions and aggregators who provide cultural heritage collections for publication on Europeana.

In addition to this, there are many EU-funded projects that contribute to, improve or use the Europeana services and in which the Europeana Foundation plays a minor or a major role.

Working across all these groups we have EuropeanaTech - a community of experts, and researchers from the R&D sector - and the growing Europeana Labs community, made up of developers and creative professionals.

All of these people and organisations are part of the Europeana family.

Image: Some of the members of the Europeana family at the DSI kick-off, May 2015. Europeana, CC BY-SA.

The way we work

The Europeana community is wide-ranging and far-reaching. It is the job of the Europeana Foundation to coordinate its activities, putting projects and people working on the same areas in touch, and ensuring their focus and work is in sync. The Foundation also advocates the kind of changes and procedures we need in place to deliver a strong digital cultural sector for Europe, and develops and maintains the technical infrastructure that underpins this.

The Foundation works with the Network Association, chiefly through the Members Council, on all its endeavours. Together, they decide how Europeana will promote and support digital cultural heritage over the next five years and what its yearly business plans should look like. They also supervise Working Groups and Task Forces that are set up to support the business plan development.

The Foundation works in small teams, reflecting the priorities set out in the 2015 Business Plan. Three teams deal with our main markets - end-user services; data partner services; and re-user services. The other teams support all these markets, developing and maintaining the Europeana products, infrastructure, technology, policy and communications, as well as coordinating the interaction of the Foundation with the Network Association and associated projects.