Quarter of a million of Polish digital objects in the Europeana!


From 11th December 2009 resources of several Polish digital libraries participating in the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation are available in the European Digital Library – Europeana. These resources include over 250 000 digital objects made available by the hundreds of cultural and scientific institutions from different regions of Poland. Among them are treasures of Polish national heritage, as well as interesting regional materials or modern scientific and educational publications. A vast majority of publications is available to all Internet users without any restrictions.

Europeana, one of the flagship initiatives of the European Commission, is a web portal which is a single point of access to the digital representation of cultural and scientific heritage. The portal has been available since November 2008. On the official launch day it allowed to reach around 2 millions of digital objects scattered throughout the Europe. In December 2009, after the data ingestion from the Polish digital libraries, the number of objects in the Europeana exceeded five millions, of which ca. 5.5% comes from the Polish digital libraries. According to current development plans, Europeana wants to reach 10 millions of objects in July 2010. The portal performs a crucial role in providing and promoting the cultural heritage of European countries and it is important for Poland to be properly represented in Europeana.

Polish digital content aggregator for Europeana is Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, the operator of the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation and the PIONIER Network operator.

The PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation (PIONIER DLF) integrates network of Polish digital libraries, which have been systematically created since 2002. PIONIER DLF was launched in June 2007 by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. PIONIER DLF currently gives the possibility to search within descriptions of over 315 000 digital objects. Moreover, it maintains an extensive database about Polish digital libraries. It is also a key element in the digitization coordination within the network of Polish digital libraries. It is worth mentioning that about 10 000 new objects each month are made available by digital libraries connected to the PIONIER DLF. Through the PIONIER DLFs connection with Europeana, these objects will be more visible and promoted worldwide.

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