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Metadata

EDM allows Europeana to become ‘a big aggregation of digital representations of cultural artifacts together with rich contextualization data and embedded in a Linked Open Data architecture’ Gradmann, S. (2010)

The Europeana Data Model (EDM) is an interoperable framework for describing digital cultural heritage data. It was conceptualized by representatives from all the domains represented in Europeana: libraries, museums, archives, and audiovisual archives.

EDM can be seen as an anchor to which various finer-grained models can be attached, ensuring their interoperability at a semantic level. The model is the foundation for Europeana’s Linked Open Data vision for data services that encourages providers to send richer and networked metadata. 

Europeana Data Model (EDM)

The latest documentation related to the Europeana Data Model.


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To make it easier for librarians and cultural heritage institutions professionals to understand how to bring their collections into Europeana we put together a MOOC explaining EDM.  

EDM case studies

Designing extensive EDM records

Designing extensive EDM records

This case study presents the work performed on the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg collections, with the outcome of implementing IIIF features and greatly improved metadata quality.

EDM in the learning context

EDM in the learning context

This case study looks at two initiatives that have found EDM a useful resource for teaching professionals and students about metadata and linked open data. 

Linking History and EDM

Linking History and EDM

The Linking History site is a research tool for students participating in the History in Place project. The project's data has been modelled using EDM.  

Carare and EDM

Carare and EDM

This case study details the mappings decisions the CARARE project had to take when converting data in EDM. It discusses the creation of identifiers for resources, the representation of archaeological objects and the cultural objects related to them, and the representation of entities for places.

Europeana LOD pilot

Europeana LOD pilot

The Europeana Linked Open Data pilot illustrates how EDM can be used for publishing linked data. The case study develops the lessons learned from porting legacy (ESE) metadata into EDM. 

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