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Europeana logo Europeana is Europe’s digital library, museum and archive. gives access to over 27 million objects. The Europeana project aggregates metadata records from over 2000 European GLAMs and making those records available on the Europeana portal and through the Europeana Search API. All Europeana meta data is licenced CC0. See also the Europeana coordination page on Meta.

A variety of Europeana projects have involved uploading to Wikimedia Commons as part of the partnership.

Europeana FashionEdit

Content donations and several editathons relating to fashion. See Category:Europeana Fashion. For details see the documentation page on Meta

Europeana 1989Edit

Content donations related to the European political events in that year. See Category:Europeana 1989. For details see the documentation page on Meta

Europeana 1914-18Edit

This project is a crowdsourced digitisation of privately owned material relating to World War I at many scan-a-thon days across the continent, as part of the Centenary commemorations of the "Great War". See Category:Europeana 1914-1918. For details see the documentation page on Meta and the website homepage at:

From this massive collection, approximately a thousand files were uploaded by Europeana directly to Commons as a batch uploading using the GLAMwiki Toolset. This material was hand selected by Europeana staff to be of high encyclopedic value as well as being compliant with Wikimedia Commons' copyright policies. Two types of material has been uploaded:

  1. Europeana staff photographs of 3-dimensional objects (e.g. helmets, medals,
  2. Scans of 2-dimensional objects (e.g. official documents, photographs, postcards)

To see the progress of, and help out with, the post-processing for these images, visit:

/Europeana 1914-1918 batch upload


All of the people who brought items and objects from their family collection to the scan-a-thon events that Europeana held across the continent signed agreements with Europeana to agree with the terms of use. This specified that they released any rights that they may have in the content under the CC-By-SA license. Europeana encourges downstream users (such as Wikipedians) to make their own copyright assessment of the underlying object if they wish. Europeana staff have then hand selected images that are of encyclopedic value as well as being compliant with Wikimedia Commons' copyright policies. As a result, the licensing tags that appear with each uploaded item indicate that: the owner of the physical object and Europeana release any rights that they may have under a free license, and also that the object itself is, in all probability, out-of-copyright.

Europeana 1914-1918.png This file was donated by Europeana. It is part of the user generated content in the Europeana 1914-1918 collection.
In accordance with the Europeana 1914-1918 terms of use, the owner of the object has also released any rights that they may retain under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, this file is displayed as such on the Europeana portal.

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  • All files take the template {{Europeana 1914-1918}} on their information page.
  • For files uploaded by Europeana itself:
  • scans of 2D public domain works take this copyright tag information
{{Europeana 1914-1918}} {{Copyright information|object={{Europeana 1914-1918 PD-own upload}}|scan=Europeana claims no rights in its digitisation in accordance with its [ Public Domain charter].{{cc0|Europeana 1914-1918 project}}}}
  • photographs by Europeana of public domain 3D objects take this copyright tag information:
{{Europeana 1914-1918}} {{Copyright information|object={{Europeana 1914-1918 PD-own upload}}|photograph={{cc-by-sa-3.0|Europeana 1914-1918 project}}}}

Europeana has manually checked each item that was mass-uploaded and assessed it as PD against the policies for Copyright rules by subject matter (particularly "utility object") and Copyright rules by territory. It is Europeana's assessment that each item uploaded is Public Domain according to one of the following reasons. However, it is possible that some mistakes were made and we encourage Commons users to improve the metadata on a case by case basis.

It is a work published by a European government over 70 years ago (one of Category:PD-EUGov license tags)
It is a work made by a known author who died over 70 years ago (Template:PD-old-70)
It is an anonymous work that was published over 70 years ago (Template:Anonymous-EU)

Known issuesEdit

  • Descriptions & filenames

Some of the descriptions and filenames may seem to be irrelevant to the image that is uploaded. The Europeana 1914-18 project asked people to bring collections of items to be digitised together. These are then published as a group (or "story") with the same URL and same personal description. See, for example the story by Hazel Sherlock which includes three photographs of medals, two scanned documents and one scanned photograph. In the metadata the filename and description is the same for each of the images and therefore sometimes the description field and filename may appear to have limited relevance to the item shown in the photograph.

  • Date tags

The metadata from the Europeana 1914-18 website does not consistently export a specific date/year of the object photographed. For the dates, this is due to the "story" nature of the collections (see above) and also because it is a crowdsourced project with unrestricted input fields. In some cases a date is automatically included upon upload, in some cases it is not and is manually included afterwards. In all cases the item is related to WWI (making it at least 100 years old).

  • Language tags

Similarly to the Date tags, the Language tags are also missing from the metadata due to the fact that most of the material has been crowdsourced with multiple languages. The language of the description must therefore be manually included post-upload for all items. (e.g. putting {{en| (at the beginning of the description (or nl, de etc.) and }} at the end.

  • Categorisation

Generic categorisation is included for all the mass-uploaded files ("World War I" and the hidden categories of "GWToolset Batch Upload" & "Europeana 1914-1918"). In some cases, where the crowdsourced description has been clear a more specific category is also included (e.g. "Nurses in World War I"). Other than this all categorisation to must be done manually after upload.

  • Credit line & 'Contributed on behalf of"

In some instances the name of the cataloguer appears in the "credit line field" where the instead it should be the name of the person who owns the physical objects (usually a descendent of the creator). This is due to a change in cataloging procedure during the project. These must be manually updated after the upload by replacing the name in the instances where the original website has a field for "contributed on behalf of" (e.g. here).

  • Moreover, the GLAMwiki Toolset is software developed by Europeana to facilitate mass upload, though many users of the tool are not affiliated to the organisation.