The European Commission's audiovisual service has produced an infoclip to illustrate the "Europeana" digital library which was launched by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Viviane REDING, Member of the EC in charge of Information Society and Media, in Brussels on 20/11/2008.
In answer to the growing interest in large digital projects, the Europeana digital library allows access, via a unique portal, to on-line important cultural heritage.
It is the first initiative which concentrates on providing multilingual access to European cultural heritage in the form of digitalised books, manuscripts, films, paintings, photographs and other miscellaneous objects.
The Beeld and Geluid TV Archive, the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam and the French National Library have all contributed to the Europeana project.
Images of semi-automatic, automatic and mass digitalization of books as well as the two first shots at the French National Library (BnF) were kindly offered by Téléparis.
The Berlin Palace — Humboldtforum Foundation is the body responsible for commissioning the construction of this unique cultural project and will own the building. It coordinates the interests of the project’s three partners: the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Central and Regional Library Berlin and the Humboldt University in Berlin. In addition, it directs public relations for the project.
The Berlin Palace — Humboldt Forum will make this historic locality in the centre of the German capital a free centre of social and cultural life, open to all. As a focus of world cultures, it will form part of a new ensemble looking to the future.