Connecting ARchaeology and ARchitecture in Europeana

The DAI participates via the online database iDAI.images/Arachne as partner in the multinational European project CARARE. Subject of the project is to aggregate the digital content of the archaeological and architectural heritage that the partners hold and make it accessible through Europeana.

The DAI will provide the metadata and thumbnails of 120.000 historic photographs. Their glass plate negatives have been digitised for the larger part by the project EMAGINES. The metadata need to be reviewed and where necessary completed. The native metadata will be prepared for harvesting by mapping in CIDOC-CRM according to the specified metadata schema. Further on the data repository is to be configured for harvesting by CARARE using OAI-PMH.

The European Commission is funding up to 80% of the costs of the project by the ICT Policy Support Programme. This framework promotes an open, innovative and competitive digital economy redounding to an European information society. Among others digital libraries and Europeana in particular shall be advanced.


The consortium of the CARARE project consists of 29 partners from 20 countries including heritage agencies, ministries, archaeology museums, research institutes, digital archives and technology providers. The project is co-ordinated by Kulturarvsstyrelsen, the Heritage Agency of Denmark, with MDR-Partners, a leading specialist partnership working together with cultural organisations in Great Britain.
CARARE Partners


CARARE will work with Europe’s network of heritage agencies and organisations, archaeological museums and research institutions and specialist digital archives to establish an aggregation service that will bring 2 million items for Europe’s unique archaeological monuments, historic buildings and heritage places into Europeana and will establish the methodology for adding 3D and Virtual Reality content to Europeana. CARARE will play an important role in ensuring that digital content for Europe’s unique archaeological monuments, architecturally important buildings, historic town centres and industrial monuments of World, European and National heritage importance is interoperable with Europeana and accessible alongside contents from national libraries, archives, museums and other content providers. CARARE aims to bring new services for users.

timeframe of the project: february 2010 - january 2013