The ARIADNEplus project is the extension of the previous ARIADNE Integrating Activity, which successfully integrated archaeological data infrastructures in Europe, indexing in its registry about 2.000.000 datasets (ARIADNE portal).

ARIADNEplus will build on the ARIADNE results, extending and supporting the research community that the previous project created and further developing the relationships with key stakeholders such as the most important European archaeological associations, researchers, heritage professionals, national heritage agencies and so on. The new enlarged partnership of ARIADNEplus covers all of Europe. It now includes leaders in different archaeological domains like palaeoanthropology, bioarchaeology and environmental archaeology as well as other sectors of archaeological sciences, including all periods of human presence from the appearance of hominids to present times. Transnational Activities together with the planned training will further reinforce the presence of ARIADNEplus as a key actor.

The ARIADNEplus data infrastructure will be embedded in a cloud that will offer the availability of Virtual Research Environments where data-based archaeological research may be carried out. The project will furthermore develop a Linked Data approach to data discovery, making available to users innovative services, such as visualization, annotation, text mining and geo-temporal data management. Innovative pilots will be developed to test and demonstrate the innovation potential of the ARIADNEplus approach.

ARIADNEplus is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme, contract no. H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1-823914. The project started on 1st January 2019 and runs for 48 months.

Visit What is ARIADNEplus website.


Europeana is Europe's digital cultural heritage platform, providing online access to a vast store of cultural heritage material from across Europe, aiming to share and promote this heritage so that it can be used and enjoyed by people across the world. It currently provides access to over 58 million digitised items from more than 3500 European libraries, museums, archives and galleries. This huge database represents a great media, thematic and language variety – you can find images, text, audio, video and 3D content on art, archaeology, architecture, maps, films, natural history, fashion and more in over 37 languages. A big part of this content – over 20 million items – is openly licensed and can be freely reused. Europeana can provide multiple perspectives on historical, political, economic, cultural, and human developments across Europe and beyond.


The Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) showcases and provides online access to Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage. Europeana DSI is currently in phase 4 (DSI-4), as a continuation of the previous Europeana DSI projects (Europeana DSI, DSI-2, DSI-3), and operates the Europeana core service platform from September 2018 to August 2020.

The Europeana DSI-4 consortium consists of Europeana Foundation as coordinator as well as 23 partners (link the partners list) from ten different countries represented by aggregators and expert hubs, developers, experts and organisations with relevant distribution networks. The consortium that operates the Europeana DSI creates access, interoperability, visibility and use of European cultural heritage in our target markets. The Europeana DSI manages data for use in education, research and creative industries as well as engaging European citizens by providing access to Europeana Collections and Europeana thematic collections. Europeana DSI-4 will fulfil Europeana’s 2020 strategy and Business Plans as confirmed by the European Commission's Expert Group on Digital Cultural Heritage and Europeana (DCHE), European Commission and Europeana Network Association. Partners involved in the project:

  • Europeana Foundation, The Netherlands
  • AIT Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft, Austria
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Archives Portal Europe Foundation, The Netherlands
  • Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication and Knowledge
  • Technologies, Greece
  • The British Library, United Kingdom
  • Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europe, Ireland
  • CLARIN ERIC, The Netherlands
  • Digitaal Erfgoed Nederland, The Netherlands
  • Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V., Germany
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany
  • Europeana Fashion International Association, Italy
  • EUN Partnership AISBL, Belgium
  • Euroclio European Association of History Educators, The Netherlands
  • Facts & Files, Germany
  • INESC-ID, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores - Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa, Portugal
  • Lovegrove, Belgium
  • Michael Culture, Belgium
  • Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, The Netherlands
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • International Consortium for Photographic Heritage Photoconsortium, Italy
  • Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk - Poznańskie Centrum
  • Superkomputerowo-Sieciowe, Poland
  • Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Germany

Europeana Archaeology

Europeana Archaeology aims to increase the amount of high-quality digital content for Europe’s rich heritage of archaeological monuments, historic buildings, cultural landscapes and artefacts that is accessible online through Europeana and available for reuse.

During the project partners will enrich the quality of existing collections, add new collections and carry out targeted digitisation. Work to map vocabularies and to increase the use of multilingual Linked Open Data will help to raise the quality of the metadata and will also result in a set of services for archaeology being made available to Europeana aggregators and content providers. The content provided by the project will be directly available to users through the Archaeology thematic collection.

To support the discovery of archaeology content in the Europeana Portal, CARARE has produced, within the project scope, a guide to mapping to EDM specifically designed to meet the requirements of Europeana’s Publishing Framework (EPF) The Europeana Archaeology project is lead by the University of Vilnius Faculty of Communication with 15 consortium members:

  • Data Archiving and Networked Services (KNAW-DANS)
  • Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU)
  • Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (KMKG-MRAH)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna(UNIBO)
  • Universidad De Jaén(UJA-IUIAI)
  • Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Pliroforias, Ton Epikoinonion Kai Tis Gnosis (ATHENA R.C.)
  • Technologiko Panepistimio Kyprou (CUT)
  • The Hunt Museum (HM)
  • Institutul Naţional al Patrimoniului (INP)
  • Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK)
  • Lunida Ltd (Lunida)
  • Musée d’Archéologie nationale Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
  • 2Culture Associates Ltd (2Culture)
  • Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE)
  • Muzej za umjetnost i obrt (MUO)

Project duration: 1st February 2019 - 31st October 2020 Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

Europeana Archaeology project website

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The “Sharing new perspectives” project has contributed to increasing access to digital resources of European heritage in response to the Connecting Europe Facility’s deployment of the Europeana digital service infrastructure to encourage cross-border use and use of cultural heritage digital resources. The “Sharing new perspectives” project responds to the Council Conclusions which recall the importance of online access to cultural heritage “to enable access for all to culture and knowledge, promote richness and diversity of European cultural heritage and contribute to the achievement of the digital single market through the increasing offer of new and innovative products and services” and the challenge “to better reach and engage end- users, content shared through Europeana needs to be presented in attractive and diverse ways”.

The project has achieved this by using 3D as a driver to encourage users to discover, select and interact with content made accessible through Europeana. The “Sharing new perspectives” project responds to the objectives of the 2018 “European Year of Cultural Heritage” by providing tools that encourage users to explore Europe’s Cultural Heritage enabling them to highlight and enrich digital materials to tell unique stories, and to share their discoveries and appreciation with others. The project’s tools enable users to both produce and consume digital cultural heritage content and to create new materials for personal interest, education, tourism, research and creative industry uses.

The Share 3D consortium consists of two technical partners (Athena Research Centre and NoHo), two SMEs from the Creative Industries (Visual Dimension and NoHo), one university (Vilnius University Faculty of Communication) and one association (CARARE) that represents a network of heritage organisations. With the Athena Research Centre as the coordinator and a set of experienced partners used to collaborating in European projects, the consortium was been well placed to deliver the project’s activities and to put in place business plans to sustain the services in future.

Project Duration: 1st September 2018 – 28th February 2020

Share 3D project website

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The 4CH Project

The project aims to set up the methodological, procedural, and organizational framework of a Competence Centre able to seamlessly work with a network of national, regional, and local Cultural Institutions, providing them with advice, support, and services focused on the preservation and conservation of historical monuments and sites.

4CH started on the 1st January 2021 and will run for three years.