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European investment brings collections online

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The Collections Trust has secured major European Commission investment in projects worth a total of €8 million to help museums, archives and libraries share their collections online safely and sustainably.

EUROPEANA INSIDE is a €3.8million research and development project in partnership with 10 leading Collections Management Software providers to develop open-source tools, enabling cultural organisations to manage the sharing and re-use of their collections online. 

PARTAGE PLUS is a 24-month project worth €3m to digitise Art Nouveau objects, artworks, posters, and buildings to create around 75,000 items, including 2,000 3D models, of content for access through Europeana.

ENUMERATE is a networking project which aims to provide up-to-date and comprehensive intelligence about the costs, methods and impact of digitising collections in museums, archives and libraries.

The final project that has attracted funding is LINKED HERITAGE, an initiative to help cultural organisations open up their collections as Linked Open Data, ensuring that it can be re-used to support new applications, innovation and creativity across Europe.