Preview Europeana’s New Portal

Last week, with the help of Mona Lisa and Maria Theresa, we got you guessing about the nature of the exciting announcement we promised you! A few of you tweeted and commented your predictions, and now it’s time to reveal all. So here it is: we’ve just launched a preview of our brand new portal – see it now at

One of the biggest improvements that you’ll hear us talking about over the next few weeks is that the portal is now responsive, meaning that it automatically adapts to any screen size. So whether you are browsing from an iPhone or a big desktop monitor, the portal will adjust image and text sizes, looking good whatever you’re using. So, what are you waiting for? We invite you to grab your mobile devices and test it out! If you don’t have a mobile or tablet handy, you can still check it out: simply click the right hand corner of your web browser and resize the window, you’ll see the portal automatically adjust to the new window size.

The obvious benefit of a responsive portal is that you can view Europeana on almost any device and it will always look great. Having one portal that works with every screen size eliminates the need for our old mobile version of the website which lacked some of the features of the main site.

But that’s not all we’ve been working on. Each Wednesday for the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting a new feature or aspect of the updated portal and asking you all to give it a whirl at We’ll give you a couple of days to play with it and then have a Feedback Friday so you can tell us about your experiences. This feedback will be used to make further improvements to the portal before it is launched publicly.

Anyway, we’d rather let the new portal speak for itself. Use it how you would use the previous version and you’ll notice many improvements to how it looks and what it does, including easier searching and browsing.

A final note – please forgive us if you encounter any bugs or performance issues to begin with. The preview portal is a test site and we’re still working on it! Some existing features such as ‘My Europeana’ are not yet functional on the test version, also users of Internet Explorer should note that their browser should be at least version 9, support for version 8 will be added very soon.

Enjoy! Post your initial feedback in the comments field below!

11 thoughts on “Preview Europeana’s New Portal

  1. When you search by ‘subject,’ for example, I would make it possible to specify by period rather than by specific dates.. That is, when people search for something on the internet/portal they probably do so because they do not know the specifics. Also, personally, I am interested in certain period like modernism/postmodernism/Art nouveau etc. It would be great to be able to search by this! Finally, I do not really understand what you are aiming to with the other specifics such as ‘copyright’ and ‘(data) provider’ .. I cannot imagine using such inqueries.
    That’s all for now 🙂

  2. Something’s wrong with the encoding for the first page, if you switch to latvian the special symbols are replaced by question marks. Appears only in the first page, not, for example, the help page.

  3. Hi Uldis,
    Yes, you’re right. We really should have been clearer with that for now it’s best to test with the English language version. Apart from this error you reported (and which we will fix!) we haven’t translated the new aspects of the user interface into other languages.


    Product Developer

  4. The object view (so, the full details on one object after having conducted a search) seems to include a mix-up of the information on provider and data provider (in case these are different). Below the thumbnail there’s a link “View item at …” which states the name of the provider, but leads to the website of the data provider.

  5. Hi PvRixtel,
    Thanks for your detailed feedback! If you have more don’t hesitate to share it with us.

    Part of Europeana’s mission is to help make our providers well-known and so we showcase them on the landing page and offer users to filter search results based on them . Our log analyses also show that the provider filters are frequently used.

    Concerning facets for named periods of time and subjects we would love to be able to offer them! The challenge is that these period names and subjects would/should work across all the 30 Europeana languages. All providers of data to Europeana would also need to adopt a common standard for periods and subject. Together this a towering task and huge challenge. So right now it’s out of scope. I hope to be able to start experimenting with some high-level subject browsing next year though.

    For now I would recommed that you use the new ability to search within Subject or Date/Period but be aware of the multi-lingual challenge when doing so. Here’s an example search for sculptures, and one for Renaissance,

    The copyright facet is for users who need to check copyright before using a digitized resources. That would be necessary of any commercial use or any use where you as a user would like to modify and re-publish the content.

    I hope this answers your concerns and questions.


    Product Developer

  6. When trying to make people switch from their desktop browser to their mobile browser, it’s a good idea to show them a QR code that contains the URL of the mobile website. Try it, it’s easy.

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