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"Heritage of the People's Europe" - HOPE

HOPE links important digital collections from social history and the history of the labour movement from the late 18th to the beginning of the 21st century.

HOPE started up in May 2010 as a three-year cooperation project and is being co-funded by the EU through the ICT Policy Support Programme (Information and Communication Technologies - ICT / Policy Support Programme - PSP).
11 institutions from 10 European countries are linking their digital collections with the multilingual Europeana portal as well as making them accessible through the Social History Portal. Eventually digitised documents of all types can be searched and researched: audio, video, text and image documents.

The HOPE databases document more than 200 years of European history: from the French Revolution to the beginnings of democracy and the labour movement, the world wars, European unification and the end of the division of Europe into East and West.

More than 880,000 digitised objects on social history and the history of the labour movement in Europe will be made available through different channels and become available for browsing and research.
Two of these points of access are Europeana and the Social History Portal.

Europeana is a multilingual access point to search Europe´s distributed digital cultural heritage online. It gives users direct access to over 10 million digital objects on European culture and history from archives, libraries, museums and research institutes.

The HOPE objectives

  • Social History Metadata Aggregator providing content to Europeana
  • Social History Content Repository
  • Improved quality of the content, the medatada and the service delivery
  • Engagement of the community of social history institutions
  • An upgraded version of the Labour History Portal, the Social History Portal
  • Building a Best Practice Network: see our Wiki