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.