Europeana Creative

The Europeana Creative project will enable and promote greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by Europe’s creative industries. The online portal Europeana provides access to more than 26 million digitised cultural heritage objects from Europe’s libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual collections.

The Europeana Creative project sets out to demonstrate that Europeana can facilitate the creative re-use of digital cultural heritage content and associated metadata. The re-use of digital content is an essential part of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Several activities are already stimulating the re-use of cultural heritage in order to demonstrate the social and economic value of cultural content. With the publication of the Europeana metadata under the terms of the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0) in September 2012, further development of innovative applications based on this metadata is now possible. Europeana Creative takes this a step further by facilitating re-use of the digital objects themselves.

26 partners from 14 European countries with diverse backgrounds are contributing to the project. The team includes content providing institutions with world famous collections, creative industry hubs and organisations, the tourism and education sectors, living labs, software developers and multimedia experts, as well as think tanks.

Project name Europeana Creative
Duration February 2013 – July 2015
Client EU Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology
  • Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, AT
  • Europeana Foundation, NL
  • National Technical University of Athens, GR
  • Kennisland, NL
  • Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, NL
  • European Design Centre, NL
  • MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Innovationsagentur für IT und Medien Baden-Württemberg, DE
  • European Business & Innovation Centre Network, B
  • European Creative Business Network, NL
  • Platoniq Sistema Cultural, ES
  • EUN Partnership / European Schoolnet, BE
  • youARhere, FR
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT
  • Spild af Tid, DK
  • We Are What We Do Community Interest Company, UK
  • Semantika, SI
  • Webtic, NL
  • Ontotext, BG
  • Exozet Games, DE
  • Agence luxembourgeoise d’action culturelle, LU
  • Culture24, UK
  • EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators, NL
  • Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, FI
  • National Museum, CZ
  • Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, DE
  • The British Library, UK
Project aim
  • Demonstrate that the project can facilitate the creative re-use of cultural heritage metadata and content.
  • Establish an Open Laboratory Network, an on- and offline environment for experimentation with content, tools and business services, and a licensing framework where content holders can specify the re-use conditions for their material.
  • Create a legal and business framework for content re-use and implement all needed technical infrastructure.
  • Partners will develop a number of pilot applications focused on design, tourism, education and social networks.
  • Building on these pilots, a series of open innovation challenges will be launched with entrepreneurs from the creative industries to identify, incubate and spin-off more viable projects into the commercial sector.
MFG´s role MFG leads the evaluation ensuring that high quality standards are met through the whole project's duration and to evaluate the project's outcomes. MFG also provides its expertise in innovation and start up support. For dissemination and exploitation purposes MFG is creating regional- and EU-wide synergies within networks and projects such as Cluster Kreativwirtschaft Baden-Württemberg, CreativeCH, ECCL or with European initiatives such as EICI.

Within Europeana Creative MFG offers its expertise to creative industries stakeholders beyond regional boundaries aiming at a greater visibility at European level. Additionally, Europeana Creative is an opportunity for further developing MFG’s European support and network activities with regard to innovation and start up support.
Contact person Corina Langenbacher
Project Manager Digital Culture
Phone: + 49 711/90715-315



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