Interview with Europeana CEO in major Bulgarian daily

April 19, 2013

The major Bulgarian daily “Dnevnik” published an interview with Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation. The interview underscores the importance of Europeana for preserving cultural heritage.

  • The interview describes the Europeana project
  • Sources of Europeana funding, including the upcoming Connecting Europe Facility
  • The influence that Internet has on the museum and library domain
  • Answers the question whether Internet access somehow diminshes the role of museum collections
  • Describes the growth of Europeana and estimates that about 20% of European cultural heritage is already digitized
  • Describes the Europeana partners: Europeana Network
  • Describes the site’s popularity (185 thousand visits per day) and some statistics per country
  • Describes how Europeana supports digital innovation and creativity

Finally, the interview describes the most successful Bulgarian contributions to Europeana:

  • Varna Regional Library as the largest Bulgarian aggregator to date
  • Ontotext’s establishment of an Europeana semantic data endpoint (

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