Data delivery to Europeana

ΕΚΤ’s role as National Aggregator to Europeana

ΕΚΤ is the accredited national aggregator to Europeana for digitised cultural content coming from Greek providers, via its’ aggregation infrastructure SearchCulture.gr.



As National Aggregator to Europeana, EKT is responsible for delivering the data it aggregates from Greek providers to Europeana, according to the latter’s specifications. Given that almost all technical, documentation-related, interoperability and legal requirements for delivering data to SearchCulture.grconform to Europeana’s requirements, data delivery for providers is streamlined and easy- prodivers deliver data to SearchCulture.gr, that is then delivered to Europeana without any further action required from them and at no cost for them.

About Europeana

Europeana is a Foundation funded in 2008 and based in the Netherlands. On its’ Governing Board sit some of the most prestigious cultural organisations and pan-european museums, archives and libraries’ organisations, such as the National Audiovisual Institute France, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport Spain and the Association of European Research Libraries.



Since 2008 Europeana has managed to create a central point of access to over 50 million digitised cultural artifacts from more than 2.500 libraries, archives and museums from across Europe. Europeana has established common interoperability standards and adopted open standardised licenses like the Creative Commons licenses, to facilitate cross-domain online sharing and re-use of cultural information, thus catalysing cultural institutions’ digital transformation. Through a number of pan-European crowdsourcing campaigns like WWI and Migration Europeana has helped shape a bottom-up common perception of European history and culture. Europeana works with a network of accredited national and thematic aggregators which share common standards and facilitate the content provision to Europeana around themes like tv history, archeology, photography and fashion.

EKT services to Greek data providers

For Greek providers wishing to deliver data to SearchCulture.gr and Europeana.eu, EKT offers: :

  • Guidelines and validation tools for data quality and interoperability standards (metadata formats, harvesting protocols, persistent identifiers)
  • Advice on use of open licences
  • Semantic enrichment currently for types, historical periods and subjects, using EKT vocabularies that are linked to Getty AAT, DBpedia and UNESCO thesaurus
  • Publication as Linked Data and via and open API
  • Secure back-up storage for metadata and digital files for selected providers
  • Dissemination, promotion and outreach
  • Training and remote support

All services are offered to providers by EKT free of charge.

Providers who wish to deliver their data to SearchCulture.gr and Europeana are first required to express their interest by filling in this form. Questions or comments can be sent to searchculture@ekt.gr.

The minimum requirements for integrating data to SearchCulture.gr and to Europeana are published here. EKT has also published a detailed Digitization and Interoperability Specifications Guide (in Greek) addressed to providers that undertake new publicly funded digitisation projects. The Guide aims at safeguarding maximum re-usability and long-term availability of the digitisation outputs and at establishing the basis for the creation of a common digital public space for Greek digital scientific and cultural content.

EKT is partner in the Europeana Common Culture project

EKT is a partner in the Europeana Common Culture project which is coordinated by the Europeana Foundation. Europeana Common Culture aims to develop a harmonised and coordinated environment for Europeana’s national aggregators, to collaborate, share resources and technical means, and agree on common recommendations and standards. Additionally, the project will improve the quality of content and metadata to increase user satisfaction.