Digital facilities for Europe

Europeana, The European Library (TEL) and Impact Centre of Competence

Europeana, the European digital library

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What is Europeana?

Europeana helps you to discover, share, use and journey through the European heritage collections of libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual institutions: books, manuscripts, photographs, paintings, television programmes, films, sculptures, objects, musical scores, sound recordings etc. From The Girl with a Pearl Earring (La Jeune fille à la perle) to Newton's laws of motion through Mozart or the archives of TV newscasts, Europeana provides access to over 44 million digital objects (texts, images, sounds, videos) since December 2015.

Who funds Europeana? Why?

Europeana is funded by the European Commission and the Ministries of Culture of Member States. Now available online, on tablets, smartphones and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) through Europeana, Europe's cultural and scientific heritage is contributing to technological innovation. Europeana wants to be a stakeholder in Europe's creative and digital economy by providing new opportunities for everyone to learn, create and grow both personally and professionally.

What is the role of the BnF in Europeana?

The BnF is actively involved in building this European digital library alongside other French players such as the Ministry for Culture and Communication (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication) (, the National Audiovisual Institute (Institut national de l’Audiovisuel) and the Cité de la Musique. Indeed, France is among the main content providers of Europeana with approximately 4.7 million objects (April 2016).

Furthermore, the BnF supports the development of Europeana through European digitisation and aggregation projects such as Europeana Regia, Europeana Collections 1914-1918 or Europeana Newspapers.

Finally, the BnF also contributes to virtual exhibitions drawn from works in the collections of various institutions involved in Europeana.

Bruno Racine, President of the BnF from 2007 to 2016, also chaired the Europeana Foundation Board from 2011 to 2016.

The European Library (TEL)

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The European Library (TEL) is the portal of Europe's national libraries, developed by the Conference of Directors of European National Libraries ( Conférence des directeurs des bibliothèques nationales européennes / CENL ).

Objective: provide access to bibliographic and digital resources of Europe's national libraries. Pilot and partners: The TEL office is located in the Royal Library of the Netherlands (Bibliothèque royale des Pays-Bas), with all 48 European national libraries being members.

Calendar: operational service, online since 2005.

BnF's contribution:
the BnF, a founding member of this portal provides the TEL with its general catalog, from its Gallica digital library and its expertise in portal creation and metadata.
For more info

TEL website

Impact Centre of Competence

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Date of creation: January 2012

Objective: share and provide mass digitisation best practices for better access to historical texts.

Pilot and partners: the IMPACT Centre of Competence (Centre de compétence IMPACT /CoC) is hosted and managed by Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes and the University of Alicante in Spain and has 9 members (the Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, the University of Alicante, the British Library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Royal Library of the Netherlands, the Fraunhofer Research Institute, the Institute for Dutch Lexicology, the Poznan Supercomputing Center and the company Planman Technologies).

BnF's contribution: the BnF with a Premium member status is committed in addition to its membership, to provide the Centre of Competence with an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) expert , to answer questions directed to him from the help desk, to host conferences organised by the CoC and promote it among the Francophone network as well Europeana.

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