Month: January 2014

Europeana – your eBook library

Stuck for something to read? Never fear – Europeana is never more than a couple of clicks away. Thanks to the digitisation efforts of our partners, there are many classic books you can find on Europeana and read online – in a variety of languages – for free and without having to buy an expensive […]

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Europeana 1914-1918 website relaunched!

Europeana 1914-1918 now brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. That means that national collections from libraries now sit alongside personal stories and treasures as well as important film archives. Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from […]

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Europeana Open Culture app now bigger and better

We just released an upgrade to the Europeana Open Culture app! The  new version of the app brings enhanced functionality, new content and a more user-friendly layout. The app is available in seven languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Bulgarian, and Swedish) and for all Apple and Android tablets. The Europeana Open Culture app lets […]

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Map with bullet hole from the remains of Walter Flex

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Face substitution

Want to be a Mona Lisa? Morph your face into famous works of art

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is probably the world’s most recognisable work of art. It’s also one of the most copied and parodied paintings in history, often the subject of many of today’s internet’s memes. Now computer science has taken this one step further – you can now actually become the Mona Lisa. An experimental […]

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Happy birthday to the world’s oldest national public museum!

255 years ago today, the British Museum opened its doors. It was the first ever national public museum. As a public museum, it was free to all and aimed to attract ‘all studious and curious persons’. Today, it’s stronger than ever, having just announced record visitor figures! Studious and curious persons study specimens at the […]

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Take our Survey to Win an Android Tablet

At Europeana we’re all ears and we want to hear what you think of the Europeana.eu website. Every two years we develop and publish an extensive survey in order for us to understand what you want to do and how you feel about using Europeana.eu to search, browse and share Europe’s cultural collections. The feedback […]

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Jan van Goyen: landscape painter and tulip dealer

Jan van Goyen, prolific artist of the Dutch Golden Age, was born on 13 January 1596. Van Goyen settled in The Hague, where he painted mostly landscapes, favouring the canals, villages and countryside of the area. He was rather prolific but his works rarely achieved high prices. To make them more cost effective to produce, […]

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Marco Polo – the man who brought China to Europe

Italian explorer Marco Polo was born on 15th September 1254 and died on the 8th or 9th January 1324. We’re not sure which because in Venetian law the day ends at sunset not midnight, so we only know he died more or less on this day 690 years ago. ‘Roma – Dettaglio del ritratto di […]

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New features for Europeana

We’re prolonging the season for giving and are pleased to present three new features on Europeana for you to make use of in 2014. ‘Can I use it?’ Items in Europeana come with a licence that specifies whether and how you can use them. Perhaps you want to include an image in your school work, […]

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Unlocking the First World War

If you’re interested in the First World War, then you need to know about a great event we’re putting on in Berlin at the end of the month. On 30-31 January, the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin is hosting ‘Unlocking Sources – the First World War Online & Europeana’. It’s partly a two-day conference but it’s actually […]

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Who ‘owns’ fashion? Europeana Fashion releases IPR guidelines

Blog first posted on the Europeana Fashion blog. What do Chanel’s interlocking Cs and  Louboutin’s red sole have in common? The answer is they are all protected by intellectual property rights (IPR). As many professionals in the cultural and creative industry often face IPR, Europeana Fashion has decided to release its guidelines on how to […]

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