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GIF IT UP 2015

GIF IT UP is a challenge aiming to find the best GIFs created from copyright-free heritage material. The competition organised by DPLA and DigitalNZ aims to encourage all GIF-makers, creatives, history nuts, and animators to reuse and mix the openly licensed material. Following on from GIF IT UP’s inaugural year in 2014, the competition returns this year, seeking innovative and endlessly looping […]

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Join us in supporting VanGoYourself and Europeana Beacon

We often think of cultural heritage as paintings hung on a museum wall, or an impressive building in a foreign city. But nowadays, in this digital age with initiatives like VanGoYourself and Europeana Beacon, it takes lots of exciting new forms. Both projects use digital heritage material in surprising ways and at Europeana, we are […]

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Once upon a time in Europeana… Finding fairytales in our collections

How old were you before a cracked mirror no longer filled you with dread? And a forest no longer conjured up thoughts of witches and wolves? Even if we haven’t read them for many years, fairytales enter our psyche in a very special way. Tomorrow, it will be 312 years since the death of Charles […]

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A big idea: how the European Union was set in motion in 1950

To those of us who live here, the European Union is something that we argue about – who’s in, who’s out, who’s in charge – but ultimately, I think, something we take for granted as a way of organising and maximising trade and quality of life in this part of the world. Certainly for anyone […]

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It’s your world, explore it! Europeana stories now in Google’s Field Trip app

What did you discover today? Europeana can now help you find out about cool and unique places in Poland, Estonia and Sweden through Google’s Field Trip app. Google’s Field Trip (GFT) is a mobile app developed by Google’s Niantic Labs for iPhone, Android mobile devices and Google Glass. The app recognises your location and lets […]

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Exploring Ireland, the Emerald Isle

Every year, on 17 March, Irish communities around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or the feast of Saint Patrick. As St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, the day is both a cultural and religious celebration, and an important day in the Irish cultural calendar. To celebrate, we’ve explored the history of the holiday and […]

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The Wonder Women of Europeana: Happy International Women’s Day 2015

With International Women’s Day 2015 approaching, we’ve decided to take a look at the history of women’s rights in Europe. The rights both sexes in Europe enjoy today are the product of some hard fought battles. Europeana stores objects and images relating to a number of important activism campaigns, each of which has made important contributions to […]

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Retronaut to feature unique Europeana photos on Mashable

This year you can explore the historical photo collections made available via Europeana and Retronaut on Mashable! From interesting photographs to the downright bizarre, we highlight them all. Retronaut represents a past you might not believe. By creating ‘time-capsules’ they take your map of time and tear tiny holes in it. To give you a taste of what we are […]

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Historic lost footage of Chicago Disaster found by chance on Europeana

A phD candidate from the University of Illinois in Chicago has uncovered previously unseen footage of the Eastland Disaster in Chicago on Europeana’s 1914-1918 website. The disaster, which killed 844 people, occurred when the Eastland capsized in the Chicago river in July 1915. A fragment from the film footage. Source: EYE Film Instituut film still […]

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Daily Dose of Art Direct to Your Phone & Tablet

We’re very excited to announce that Europeana is working together with DailyArt to bring a selection of the collections found in Europeana to your smartphones and tablets. DailyArt is a free app that publishes one different piece of art every day. But that’s not all – with each update users of DailyArt receive additional information […]

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A passion for design? Then this one is for you

By Milena Popova Process of co-creation for a design pilot at the workshop in Helsinki Do you have a passion for design? Are you an artist, developer, designer or entrepreneur? Join Europeana Creative’s final challenge! We want you to create products and applications that re-use Europeana content relating to the theme of Design. We welcome […]

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Help the National Library of France acquire a national treasure

 By Claire Bertrand The French National Library has launched a public appeal for the acquisition of a royal manuscript of King François I of France,Description des Douze Césars avec leurs figures (Tours, c. 1520). This exceptional manuscript, classified as a national treasure, was illustrated by Jean Bourdichon for King François I of France. The manuscript, which […]

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Introducing #OpenCollections

For those of you who are dedicated followers of the Europeana Facebook and Twitter accounts,  you have probably already seen #OpenCollections in your newsfeed in the last couple of weeks. #OpenCollections highlights some of the most interesting and high quality collections from around Europe.   Harper’s nov’b’r by Edward Penfield, 1866-1925. Part of the collection […]

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Dora Gabe, Bulgarian poet and social activist

Dora and her sister Bela. Varna Public Library, CC0. Today is the 126th birth anniversary of Bulgarian poet, children’s writer and social activist Dora Gabe (26 August 1888 – 16 November 1983). Not much information in English exists about this prolific writer. The child of a Russian immigrant, she was born and raised in Dobrogea, Bulgaria. She wrote […]

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Andy Thomas

Last chance to enter round 2 of the eCreative Challenges!

On 28 August, applications close for the current Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges on Tourism and Social Networks. So if you have an idea for a new app that uses Europeana content relating to these themes, enter now at http://ecreativechallenges2014.istart.org/ Need a creativity boost? Look at the Tourism pilot VanGoYourself or the beautiful visualisation of bird […]

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Improving search across languages

By David Haskiya, Europeana’s Product Development Manager At Europeana.eu, we have content described in about 30-40 languages – all the languages of Europe and then some! This poses a huge challenge in developing our search function, as the user’s search keywords must match the words in an item’s description to get a ´hit´. If it […]

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