EuropeanaLocal brought together a consortium that represented 27 countries with broad ranging experience of the cultural sector, digital libraries, standards and aggregation services.
At the close of the projct, the partners have contributed over 5m digital items to the Europea live service, making Europeana the biggest contributing project to date. This is a very large amount of content and demonstrates the potential of local and regional content providers.
The full potential of cultural institutions at local and regional levels may be better appreciated when this figure is extrapolated to all cultural institutions in Europe, especially when this is viewed in the context of predicted continued growth in digitisation at local and regional levels in the years to come.
EuropeanaLocal has worked closely with the Europeana Foundation to establish simple, efficient and sustainable processes through which local and regional institutions can easily make their content available to Europeana both during and after the project. It adopted and promoted the use of Europeana’s infrastructures, tools and standards - especially OAI-PMH repositories and the Europeana Semantic Elements Specification (ESE) Metadata Profile and some more advanced partners have recently begun moving forward to semantic web technologies and the Europeana Data Model (EDM) and Linked Open Data (LOD).