AthenaPlus is a best practice network project that was set up in the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) of the European Commission. It supports ongoing initiatives to make cultural heritage accessible through Europeana. AthenPlus aims to improve search and use of Europeana content and to experiment how enriched metadata can be used for tourism and educational tools and applications.

The main objectives of the AthenaPlus project are:

  • to contribute large quantities of content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors, focusing mainly on museums contents, and including in the consortium key cultural stakeholders (ministries and responsible government agencies, libraries, archives, leading research centres, SMEs) from several European countries;
  • to provide a better search, retrieval and use of Europeana content, improving terminology management, SKOS export and publication tool/API on content providers’ level;
  • to experiment how enriched metadata may be reused and adapted to users with different needs (tourists, schools, scholars) by means of tools supporting development of tourist and didactic applications, which may be integrated into Europeana repositories and the repositories of national aggregators or single content providers.

AthenaPlus will build on the successful experience developed by the previous ATHENA project, where LIDO and the ATHENA Ingestion Server and Mapping Tool (MINT) were developed.

The AthenaPlus project started in March 2013 and ends in August 2015. The project is supported by 40 partners from museums, libraries, archives and galleries from 21 European countries.

Further information:

- Fact sheet (PDF): Access to Cultural Heritage Networks fro Europeana
- Official site of the AthenaPlus project:

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